Posted on Nov 27, 2013
Cpl Joseph Opare-Abetia
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Prior Service trying to get back in the army. I went to MEPS and i was told I have an eye defect(Pupil does not react to light) therefore I am disqualify.I went to my eye and i found out my eye has been this way since the past 3 years. I have no medical issues whatsoever. My question is will I get a waiver for this medical issue ?
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SGM Matthew Quick
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Did MEPS offer a waiver or just medically disqualify you?
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Cpl Joseph Opare-Abetia
Cpl Joseph Opare-Abetia
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just said is disqualifying and to consult and eye doctor
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SGM Matthew Quick
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Then do that and get your medical issue evaluated/corrected.
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Cpl Joseph Opare-Abetia
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Thanks for all your comments I went to see a specialist provided by MEPS, after further examination, I was cleared and I am currently enlisted in the Army reserve.



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It is very tough to say. Lately, recruitment standards have been very strict.

Are you trying to go Active or Reserves? Under the current USAREC Business Rules for Prior Service. If you are want Active Duty, if you are not a cryptolinguist (Army MOS 35P....not sure what the USMC equivellant is) and not Airborne qualified, then your only option would be to enlist under the SF enlistment option....unless you have a DLPT score on a language they are accepting. There has been a bit of debate whether or not someone with a medical waiver can enlist under this option.

If you want the Reserves, there are tons of unit within a reasonable commute of DC, and the Reserves are not subject to the USAREC Business Rules. If you are still in the IRR and want to go Reserves....you might be able to reach out to a Reserve Career Counselor and that may save you the MEPS headache.
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Cpl Joseph Opare-Abetia
Cpl Joseph Opare-Abetia
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Reserve and hopefully go active duty after a year. Prior service Marine going into the Army
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SGM Matthew Quick
SGM Matthew Quick
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LT, Cpl Opare-Abetia was medically disqualified...until he gets that corrected, he's not qualified.

What you stated is IF someone is medically qualified.
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MSG that is correct. I am sorry that I did not make that more clear after the first line on my post. Sometimes Career Counselors have a few more options since they could potentially send someone for a difference physical which could assign a permanent profile or the appropriate PULHES if it falls within those parameters, which MEPS can not do. I have noticed lately that many who have been brought in from the IRR without a physical and thy get updated through a PHA when the unit goes through their annual SRP.

CPL Opare-Abetia......It is not easy to go from the Reserves to Active Duty. Those who try to go from Reserve to Active must get a release and then are subject to the same Active Duty restriction that you are experiencing now. The Business Rules may change (for the better or the worse). However, you may be able to apply for AGR.
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Good one-

"...If you are still in the IRR and want to go Reserves....you might be able to reach out to a Reserve Career Counselor and that may save you the MEPS headache."


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