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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Joined: 08/31/2010
@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.