Posted on Mar 17, 2021
SGT(P) Human Resources Specialist
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Want to medically chapter but not MEB?
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SPC Cody Verba
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MEPS. If it is not listed on your entry examination and you never were seen by a doctor for it before. Speaking from experience. 10-20 degrees curvature. 40% disability. Honorable discharge. Finished enlistment.
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Yea he said it's slight scoliosis and congenital so I would only get a medical chapter and not a MEB, but I've never had problems with my back until recently
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SPC Cody Verba
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SGT(P) (Join to see) I learned that scoliosis slips through medical processing for the military because for most people it is very slight until you start going through the rigors of military life. The MEPS doctors don't notice it and there is no history of back problems. It is legitimate medical ending to a military career. It happened to me. Some people hate me for it like it was my fault I didn't know I had it and I'm just some kind of shammer. I learned to say fuck them and what they think. It only gets worse as you get older. Im 42 this year with the back of a old retired 67 year old. Take care of yourself.
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Scoliosis is congenital, you're born with it.

Are you saying that you want to be medically chaptered and not MEB? Do you understand what that actually means?
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No I'm saying I'm not trying to get medically chaptered, if it was a MEB then I wouldn't mind but I have never had any problems with my back until last year and more during deployment.
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MAJ(P) Eugene Chu
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EPTS (Existing prior to service) normally falls within the first 180 days of enlistment. Not sure if it applies to uniformed personnel past that date. You should probably ask JAG or medical doctor for more information.
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I’ll add. Military service no matter how grueling does not cause scoliosis so that part is easy to rule-out as being Pre-existing. If you have no records or evidence of prior back pain prior to enlisting (and be prepared to give permission to the government to access your records if you’re trying to claim a LOD) and you’ve been seeking care only since enlisting, then you can have a case.
Make sure you document everything well and be meticulous with your timelines and records. Good luck.
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