What are the odds I'll get a waiver?

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scornell
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Hello all!

Originally I tried to enlist in the Navy and was never "denied", but the recruiter was unbearable so I paid a visit to my local Army recruiter after about nine months of dealing with the Navy recruiter (I only chose Navy because I would have been a legacy). So now here I am waiting on word from my recruiter, after finding out that I've been disqualified, to find out if I am completely disqualified from the Army, or if there is a way around my issue.

I was diagnosed with chronic headaches at a very young age, around 3-4 months old, I'd say, but grew out of them at a young age as well. I am now 23 and haven't had a migraine or headache (aside from whatever you would consider a "normal" headache) in 12+ years. Serving in the military has always been a huge dream of mine and to be completely disqualified for headaches I had as a kid is a nightmare for me. I have requested information to find out if getting an MRI and being cleared by a civilian doctor to be fit for duty would make me eligible again. What are the odds I'll get the waiver if I shell out all of that money for the MRI? Again, I haven't had a debilitating migraine or headache or medication to treat either since I was maybe 8-10.

TIA for any input!

-Samantha

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MSG Glenn
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@Samantha

I'm truly sorry to hear that, Samantha. I have never really gotten a handle on the waiver system. I know a lot depends on the needs of the Military although some medical problems never have been waiverable. If you're still in contact with your Recruiter I'd run that by him. Don't go through a costly MRI along with a clearance from a civilian doc unless he thinks that might help.

Keep me updated & good luck!

scornell
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@MSG Glenn

Thanks for your input! I visited my civilian doctor yesterday and had a neurological exam done to establish whether she thought I was fit for duty. She agreed that I was one hundred percent fit for duty and wrote a clearance letter that I will be submitting to my recruiter tomorrow.

Thanks for the well-wishes!

MSG Glenn
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@Samantha

I wish you the best of luck. Let me know what your Recruiter tells you & keep me updated throughout the process.

scornell
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@MSG Glenn

Well it looks like the odds were in my favor. I submitted some documentation from my neurologist and I am approved for active duty. I'll be taking the DLAB sometime in the near future and choosing my MOS!

MSG Glenn
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Great News, Samantha!

Good luck on the DLAB. I recommend that you start getting into physical shape to prepare for BCT. Your Recruiter will help you there when you get involved with the Delayed Entry Program.

Keep us updated.

scornell
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@MSG Glenn

Thank you for the advice, MSG! I'm currently running two miles a day and strength training(that includes push ups, sit ups, and other body weight exercises) to prepare. I took a practice DLAB test and did fairly well on it and received a passing grade based on my ASVAB score.

MSG Glenn
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@Samantha

I had remembered that we hadn't mentioned PT during our exchanges. I always like to throw that in. A good way to do PT (except running) especially if you're a bit lacking is alternate pushups with situps while watching TV each time an ad comes on. Depending on how much TV & how many ads come on (usually too many) the final count can be thousands a day, LOL. When I coached wrestling & judo I'd tell my fighters to do that & it made a difference. Of course the other coaches & I would run them pretty ragged during organized training, LOL. We'd usually get championship teams. I had the luxury of training my son in both disciplines & he was a winner more times than not & he went in the Army as a Ranger. Now he's a Tactical Enforcement Officer (what we call SWAT) on our PD & still works out every day. He stayed in the Army Reserve & aces the APFT.

scornell
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@MSG Glenn

Wow! Congrats on your son's success; he seems to be doing very well for himself and I'm sure you're proud of that legacy!

Also, thank you for the advice; most days I get stuck in front of the TV watching Sesame Street with a my three year old, so it will be nice to pass the time.

MSG Glenn
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@Smantha

I'm very proud of my son as well as my 2 (older) daughters. The oldest is an RN & the youngest is a special ed. teacher. Very intelligent girls but sure can't choose husbands very well, LOL. Both live with me & each has a son, 15 & 18. Both of the boys caddie & make some pretty good money. A lot more than I did when I caddied. LOL. The older grandson wanted to go in the Army real bad especially since my son was in. Unfortunately he has Juvenile Diabetes & realizes that he won't be able to enlist (or become an officer as he started his 1st year of college this Sept.)

I'm a firm believer in PT. I feel bad that I'm very limited in doing much since my knees have begun to bother me. Since I retired from the Army some years back I still did or tried to do a 4-5 mile run daily but now some days I doubt very much if I could even walk it. All the parachuting & when I was in the Navy the Frogman training finally caught up with me. A few years ago it was my back but that was taken care of with a couple of steroid injections. I just got back in the PT groove when I noticed my knees starting to give me trouble. The Doc (civilian) said it was "Paratrooper Knees", LOL. He had seen it before with some of his other Paratrooper patients. Ironically my face is fine except for teeth, I picked up some unfriendly shrapnel under my left eye, my nose & the corner of the lip & into the mouth which broke a bunch of teeth. (the enemy unit that caused that ceased to exist a few seconds later) The US Military docs fixed me up just fine but just recently my teeth started to break & unfortunately the VA has no record of the incident. Many of my Navy records were lost in a fire at the place where records were stored. It'll cost me over $5000 to fix them up so I just have to live with it. There's no pain involved (yet, LOL). Dental insurance added to my military retiree's insurance would have cost too much for me. The medical insurance alone is free except for a small copay on prescriptions.

Enough about my woes, LOL. I'm happy & content with a great family which is all I can hope for.

Keep me in the loop on your progress. Have you decided on an MOS?

sdcornell
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@MSG Glenn

Late response but I ended up having to create a new account due to some technical difficulties!

It sounds like you have an all around successful family including grandkids but it's unfortunate that he can't join. Fortunately he has the ability to go to college and further his education! My sister just started her first year of college and she absolutely loves it so I'm sure he'll find something that he enjoys!

Exercise can definitely cure a lot of ailments and keep some away, but running tends to be one of those that makes backs and knees worse. You could possibly try the elliptical or an octane machine. The octane machine is an elliptical type machine that simulates running but is easier on the joints... might be something to look into!

I just got "cleared" to go back to MEPS to take the DLAB. As long as the job is open I'll be enlisting as a 35P!

JeffWentz
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Congrats!

Awesome, glad to hear everything worked out for you!

MSG Glenn
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@Samantha

That's great news! If I had a crystal ball & knew how to use it I'd say that by early next year you'll be a soldier. Speaking of that - in the "old days"a person wasn't considered a Soldier until they completed basic. They were recruits. Of course the only people that they were exposed to were Drill Sgts, LOL.

I'm going to get back into instructing Judo & maybe Karate. The head of our Judo club is my age & he needs help. My son was very active in instructing but now that he's a Police Officer he works about every time that there's Judo classes so he hasn't taught for a few years. Now that I'm retired from everything except for a little PI work I have time. The Judo club is also a Nautilus fitness center so I'll get busy on all those machines. I always avoided fitness machines & used what God gave me & did my PT using natural methods to stay physically fit. It worked all those years but now it's getting harder. I can still do pushups & once in a while situps but I'd like to step up my PT.

sdcornell
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@MSG Glenn

I'm definitely looking forward to boot camp and can't wait to go! I'm hoping they send me sometime in February or March so I'll be done before the Summer!

As long as you're doing something to stay physically active I think that counts for something!

MSG Glenn
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I'm planning ...

...on getting back into long hikes in the State Forest 5 minutes away from my home. I tried it this summer but the ticks & mosquitoes were terrible. The ticks carry Lyme's disease & some have been found there. The mosquitoes have several diseases that have just cropped up around here. It seemed that repellents didn't worked at all. I have a Black Lab that goes with me & ticks are impossible to see on her. We've had a few below freezing nights & hopefully that'll take care of them. I normally put 3 - 5 miles in per day. Only a very few years ago I ran most of it. My knees started to really act up about a year ago. I'd like to lose 5 lbs. That would put me back to my Army weight.