Posted on Nov 29, 2018
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Trying to get answers meps denied my medical wavier but didn't give a reason what can I do now? Can I challenge that or it's just over I can't get back in?
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SFC J Fullerton
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First of all, MEPS is not the approving authority for medical waivers. The MEPS Chief Medical Officer can medically disqualify you, but the service branch you are applying for can WAIVE the medical disqualification. In the case of the Army, it is the USAREC Command Surgeon. If you medical waiver was disapproved, then you are pretty much done unless later the condition improves and you can get medical documentation that proves that the current condition is resolved. People will advise you to call your congressman or whatever, but that never works for medical disqualifications. They are going to side with the regulations and the decision of the medical waiver approving authority.
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In this case my civilian doctor provided proof.
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SFC J Fullerton
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PFC (Join to see) - Was that documentation from your doctor included in the medical waiver? Were you sent on an Ophthalmology consult ordered by the MEPS CMO prior to your MEPS disqualification and medical waiver submission to the service branch medical waiver approving authority?
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SFC J Fullerton no they didn't schedule a ophthalmology exam. And no how could I've known that they made this decision before hand? The only reason I know I dont have it now is because I just called my doctor
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SFC J Fullerton
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PFC (Join to see) - Usually with eye disqualifications, the MEPS CMO or the waiver authority requests an ophthalmology consult to confirm the diagnosis. Unless its so far past that acceptable limits that it doesn't warrant a consult. May want to ask the recruiter to check with MEPS on that.
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Well PFC, some things can be waived, while others can't. If it's a serious condition that could potentially put you or others in danger, especially in the state the military is in now, the Army will not accept the burden.... When you get time Google AR 40-501 standard of medical fitness. This is the regulation the MEPS use to determine if you are fit to serve. Look in chapter 1 or 2 for new enlistees and see if your condition is listed there. If it's there, it will tell you what will disqualify you from service....... if it's not listed, then you can fight it......
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I'm familiar with it. If I'm going by what meps got when they did my vision test then yeah but they asked for a recent eye exam from my doctor which was done 3 weeks ago and another 2 weeks before that. Then I'm in reg. When I was getting out I did a PHA at camp attubury and they got the same results as my eye doctor
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Well if they all have different test results, then you might have a chance...... I would get another opinion from another doc.....
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I was discharged in 2000 for a condition I knew I did not have. Fought for years to get back in. I had to spend thousands of dollars proving I did not have a respiratory illness that the Army diagnosed me with. I finally re-enlisted in 2016. Took a lot of work, time and money; but I was approved in the end. Your issues seems to be that they are saying you have an illness that is not waiverable, you need to prove you do not have that illness. Best of luck too you PFC!
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A1C Nathan Roberts
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SPC (Join to see) Dang! Nice to meet someone w/ a break in service as long as mine. I was discharged in 24 Apr 2000 for misdiagnosed migraines. Fortunately, that also gave me a 10% disability and was able to utilize my local VA docs to help disprove their diagnosis. Got back in (via the MO Air Guard) 24 Sept 2018.
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