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Old 01-24-2017, 05:40 AM
 
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My son just recently been disqualified from joining the military because of something that would be considered minor. He's being told his waiver was not been approved. However, he' being asked to write a letter requesting release. Is this unusual?
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Old 01-24-2017, 07:30 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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My son just recently been disqualified from joining the military because of something that would be considered minor. He's being told his waiver was not been approved. However, he' being asked to write a letter requesting release. Is this unusual?
I'll give you an example... I once had an applicant permanently disqualified for having a mole removed... because the mole was never tested for cancer so she couldn't prove it wasn't cancer.

A kidney stone is a disqualification.

ONE migraine, ever, can be a disqualification.

It doesn't take much to get disqualified.

If you tell me what he was DQ for, I might be able to provide solid advice.
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Old 05-16-2017, 05:58 AM
 
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My son was diagnosed by MEPS with atopic dermatitis. He has never had a chronic skin issue his whole life. Unfortunately he showed up at MEPS with a small red spot on the inside of his elbow, nowhere else on his body did he have any spots or irritation. We feel he was misdiagnosed and ruined his chances of joining the Navy. The Navy waiver was denied even after submitting documentation by his dermatologist stating he only has contact dermatitis not atopic or eczema. My question is there a way to fight and/or contest this wrong diagnosis? How many times can we continue to ask for a waiver? Can he go to another MEPS and possibly get another consult to potentially disprove the original diagnosis at the other MEPS as many doctors do misdiagnose as they make mistakes too? Any advice would be very much appreciated. Thank you
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Old 05-16-2017, 06:36 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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The Navy only has 1 SG, so if the SG denied the waiver it won't matter what MEPS he goes to. He was actually diagnosed with contact dermatitis by a dermatologist?

Department of Defense Instruction 6130.03 (you can google it) states you are disqualified if:
b. Current or history of atopic dermatitis (691) or eczema (692.9) after the 12th birthday.
(1) Atopic Dermatitis. Active or history of residual or recurrent lesions in characteristic
areas (face, neck, antecubital and or popliteal fossae, occasionally wrists and hands).
(2) Non-Specific Dermatitis. Current or history of recurrent or chronic non-specific
dermatitis to include contact (692) (irritant or allergic), or dyshidrotic dermatitis (705.81)
requiring more than treatment with over the counter medications. [Contact dermatitis falls here, clearly a disqualification]

The best thing you can try is to get more documentation, even a letter from you, explaining the treatment to get it to go away. Is is STILL there? If it's currently still there, there's nothing you can do. If you can get it to go away with just over the counter medications, he'll have a chance. If he needed a prescription cream, then he meets the requirements for permanent disqualification as having needed more than just over the counter medication.

The reason for this is that we have to vaccinate our military members against Smallpox. If you have any kind of dermatitis you can NOT receive the Smallpox vaccine without risk of a life threatening reaction. It's not that we care about the small spot on his skin, it's that we need to be able to vaccinate him.
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Old 05-24-2017, 09:03 AM
 
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Best of luck to her. If I were here, last-ditch-effort, I'd try the Air Guard. Just go directly to the recruiter (they are located on the guard base) and talk to them honestly about it.

If there's a will, and an opening, there's a way!
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Old 06-05-2017, 07:23 AM
 
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He recently had a complete dermatology work up with patch testing and the dermatologist ruled out any chronic skin conditions. My son did submit a congressional inquiry as a last ditch effort to get closure on a potential Naval career before exploring the other branches. Thanks so much for your advice.
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Old 06-05-2017, 08:20 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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I hate to tell you, but the congressional inquiry will not help. They can only help when regulations are violated or not adhered to. The regulation states HISTORY of those things is a disqualification. It doesn't matter if he's completely all clear now, he has a history of it. That HISTORY of it is grounds for disqualification regardless of current status. I'm so sorry.

The fact that he had it while at MEPS is clearly after his 12th birthday.

The only chance is basically to try to make a case that MEPS was wrong. If MEPS was correct, and it cleared up, there's no chance at this point. If MEPS was WRONG, there's a chance.
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Old 06-17-2017, 01:45 PM
 
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How long does it take to get your disqualified letter mailed out to you
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Old Yesterday, 03:19 PM
 
Location: Yucaipa, California
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Is it more difficult now to get into the military then it was 20 years or so ago ? dmarie123, you give good & sound advice & you don't beat around the bush.
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Old Today, 06:45 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Steel7, I don't think we've changed with our medical regulations. What has changed is civilian doctors. For example, asthma has always be a DQ under certain circumstances. But, it used to be a rare diagnosis. Now every kid with a cold or a cough gets diagnosed.

Our doctors in the country just label everything.
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