Supraventricular Tachycardia

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Wendy
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My daughter had SVT when she was 15. She had a Cryoablation to correct this at the age of 16 in 2010. She has been SVT free for over 2 years. She has been accepted into a military college and medically cleared. She received notification that she has been given a 4 year full tuition Army ROTC scholarship upon medical clearance. The military college goes by the same standards and they reviewed all of her medical records and cleared her.Is it safe to say that if a military school has cleared her that the Army ROTC scholarship board will too?

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Colin
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According to the information

According to the information I have, SVT is not disqualifying if there has been no recurrence during the previous 2 years without medication.

She should be fine.

Wendy
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Thanks, Colin. Just needing

Thanks, Colin. Just needing some reassurance.

MSG Glenn
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@ Wendy

She'll probably receive the same medical exam every military recruit goes through. She may be required to show documentation from the doctor who treated her stating that she's entirely cleared.

Good luck to her & keep us advised of her progress entering the ROTC program.

Wendy
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Will do. Thanks.

Will do. Thanks.

Wendy
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We ended up having to send in

We ended up having to send in remedials on her SVT issue. We sent all records in ASAP. She had been checking her status on the DoDMERB site. Today she looked and the status is QUALIFIED!!! She will receive the 4 year Army scholarship!! Super excited!! Thanks for your comments and info. ***I didn't know if you saw the above post which was posted on 5/31/2013 since I didn't post it as a reply, but wanted to make sure you knew. Thanks, Wendy.

Wendy
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SVT

We ended up having to send in remedials on her SVT issue. We sent all records in ASAP. She had been checking her status on the DoDMERB site. Today she looked and the status is QUALIFIED!!! She will receive the 4 year Army scholarship!! Super excited!! Thanks for your comments and info.

Colin
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Woohoo!

Great news! Thanks for keeping us posted!

MSG Glenn
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@ Wendy

I'm so glad for her & you. Now her adventure starts.

missyp
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Hi Wendy, My son is joining

Hi Wendy,

My son is joining the military, the Navy to be exact. He was diagnosed with SVT Oct of 2014 and had the ablation done the 1st week of Nov 2014. He has been episode free since then.

The recruiter told him/us, he needed to be medication free and episode free for 2 years (never took the meds, went straight for the surgery). November of 2016 will be 2 years. At that point is when they told him to enlist, and follow the steps to MEPS.

Was your daughter immediately disqualified? And, did she need a waiver or did the MEPS Dr. review the medical docs you submitted and then make their determination before any waiver issues?

He's been told things or has read things the MEPS likes to DQ. He fractured his collar bone and use to take adderall in HS for help with his studies. He no longer takes the adderall, but has it in his medical records that he has.

Hope your daughter is safe and well!

MP

MSG Glenn
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@missyp

Missy I don't know how Navy Recruiting works but at a guess I believe your son will need a waiver. It shouldn't be a big deal. Just documentation from his doctor. His Recruiter will spell things out for him as to just what he'll need. If he can't start the enlistment process before November that will work in his favor. If the Navy is anything like the Army recruiting is at it's lowest from about early December to mid January - in other words the holiday season. Recruiting is given more liberal policies to get people in to make up for the shortage of enlistees. This will also be after the election & depending who gets in we may see a Military buildup after being cut to the bone these last few years.

If his Recruiter gives him any problems he should try the other branches. It could be they need people more than the Navy & may have an easier recruiting policy. At that time he can check for enlistment bonuses & other incentives.

Being an Army retiree makes me in no way having any prejudice against the Navy. I got my start as a Sailor for the first 6 years (Submarines & then SEALs) & I would have gone back into the Navy if I could have gotten Sub or SEAL service but I waited too long & no longer met the age requirement. I have to admit that I liked the Army so much as a Paratrooper that I stayed in for 21 years giving me a total of 27 years of Military service.

Good luck to your son & thank you for the support you're giving him & the US Armed Forces.