how long Do i have to wait for Medical waiver

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ArmyElmore
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Joined: 03/14/2013

Ok my situation feels very hopeless at the moment. I have been trying to join the US Army now for 3 months. I started processing on December 18th. Everything seemed great. However. The surgeon examined me and listened to my heart. He said that my heart sounded weird of "different" (No doctor has ever told me anything like this). I am an athlete and i get physicals every 6 months to make sure I am in top shape. He then wrote a consult for me the next week.

I had an EKG done on my heart. Basically the cardiologist told me he saw something, but it did not look like it would be an issue and that it should really never effect me. But they still had to send a waiver for it....

I have now be waiting since the waiver was sent January 15th till now... I am getting very impatient and it sucks because this is something i really want to do with my life. My ASVAB score was a 91, so some people of course would tell me to go airforce or NAVY instead. But the Army is where my heart is at. My dad was in the army and i want to be a networking specialist or radiologist in the army.

I just called the congressman and filled out some information and faxed it over. She told me that she is going to inform the department of the Army right away about my complaint and wait and i also sent some valid info for them to look at to show that i was told i was ok.

What will this do for me once the congress tells them? will this hurry the process? what can i expect? Once again I am an athlete and i have never had problems with my heart. Does the army always take this long?

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Colin
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Joined: 08/16/2010
Hurry up and wait.

The Army moves at its own pace. Sometimes they can be waiting for paperwork to clear, sometimes they can be waiting to hear back from someone above them in the chain of command, sometimes they may just drop your file behind a big file cabinet by accident.

Getting in touch with your Congressperson probably won't hurt - maybe it will light a fire under someone, maybe they are already moving as fast as they can. There's no way to know, really.

Good luck, and keep us informed as to your progress!

ArmyElmore
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well thank you. I appreciate

well thank you. I appreciate it. But some people at least are being told to get more medical paper work and do this and do that before swearing in. Im not being informed. I dont know how long it is supposed to take to hear back from the congressman. However she got all my info and i talked to her on the phone thursday. It is monday now. Can i expect a call this week? Maybe some action? i dont like the way its going. If it is quicker in another branch i may have to switch. But theres no way to garauntee anything. So im pretty much stuck and im miserable not knowing anything. Im already in shape so working out is a daily thing. It does not give me "much needed time"as other people would say. I dont need the time to get in shape because im already ready to go. And that is why im so impatient.

Colin
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Patience is a virtue

Unfortunately there is NO WAY to know what's going on, not even your recruiter may know, and there is no reason to think that a Congressional official will be able to guarantee results in the next week (or two weeks, etc.).

If you haven't talked to your recruiter about this, that should be your first step. The second step is basically waiting, and hopefully you'll hear back soon.

MSG Glenn
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Joined: 08/31/2010
Congressmen & Waivers

I've never known a call to or intervention of a Congressman to do much good for those trying to get in the Army. You either qualify or you don't. There's nothing a Congressman can do to change the Military waiver system unless they get a law passed.