Posted on Jan 15, 2020
Levi Popp
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Hello all, I got a call from my recruiter today saying that my MEPS civilian doctor, the one I've had for several months now, stated that she cannot decide whether to approve me or deny me for MEPS and said she is passing my case up to the Surgeon General? Has anybody ever heard of this? and how did it plan out for you?

The reason why my case is taking so long for them (at least I think) is because I took Accutane (that acne pill) and reported that I had VERY MINOR heart palpitations and a meniscus surgery about two years ago. Well, they really strung that whole situation out and had me go back to my doctor countless times, get EKGs and all of that fun stuff, and everything looks healthy as can be.

Really stressing out about it right now honestly. I really do not want to go to college, and I graduated last May, so I would already be a semester or two behind.

Anyways yeah, if you guys have something to share about a situation like this, please comment.
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I bet you dollars to donuts that the heart palpitations are the issue that the concerns center around.
There is a wonky answer to this, but it boils down to what are the chances of them recurring or worsening into something that will not allow you to serve.
Timing is anyone's guess, but you will want to check in with your recruiter periodically to make sure that they continue to follow up.
Meanwhile, live life. Work on getting yourself in shape - this will pay off later and is a good habit anyway. Go to school. Date and find a job and advance your goals for yourself. Don't wait for the Army to get around to you while you wait.
When they do give you an answer, you will either be a better recruit or on your way to whatever life's adventures might have in store for you. Don't worry about a ship date if the answer is yes. You and your recruiter can figure that out later so you don't leave in the middle of a semester.
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SFC Howard Holmes
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Levi, any heart issues are very difficult to call, so they send it up for a complete evaluation for a consideration for a waiver. The torn Meniscus isn't an issue. One of the biggest responsibilities of the medical process is to ensure your safety while going through the rigors of Basic Training. They do not want you suffering any debilitating or life-threatening issues due to medical or physical issues.
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CSM Darieus ZaGara
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It is not the accurate, the military issues accurate. It is likely the heart and maybe secondarily the meniscus. The higher level evaluation is to determine fitness, as the MEP Doctor cannot decide. Just be patient. The military may not be for you, they will not risk health issues that could later impact your service or detriment your peers in combat. Good luck.
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