Careers: Military--Army, Navy, Airforce, Marines, Coast Guard/Medical Waiver and AFROTC Scholarship

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Dear Sir,

I am an awardee of the National Air Force ROTC Scholarship, but not too long ago was I disqualified by DoDMERB because of my arthropod allergy. I am allergic to only codfish, shrimp, crab, and lobster. I was denied a medical waiver by the Air Force however. I do not have any severe reaction to these foods, so I don't have asphyxia, and I do not think these foods are common either, but I could be wrong on that. Is there any way I can obtain a review of my medical waiver denial? And can I submit additional information to DoDMERB about my allergies? Thank you.

Sincerely,
Vasant K.

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Not normally, the rules are in place, and if you are allergic to certain foods, it can be disqualifying for military service.  You might be ok for enlisting, but the scholarship is pretty much done for.  Especially since a medical waiver was denied.

Sorry for the loss of the scholarship, I am sure you worked hard to get it.

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I am a National Guard Recruiting NCOIC, been doing recruiting jobs for the military for over 12 years and am a subject matter expert on qualifications for National Guard and Army ( as we use the same regulation) and I keep up to date on other services regulations as well. In my job, I process questionable applicants and determine eligibility, I process waivers of all types and know the regulations inside and out. I will not sugar coat my answers to you. They are usually short and to the point. If you need more in depth, ask me. Because each situation is different, alot of times you need to actually talk to a recruiter and let them evaluate your situation in person, by looking at your documents, issues etc. If I suggest this, it would be in your best interest to do so. Finally...thank you for your interest in serving this great nation of ours. Very few people can actually make the cut to serve let alone choose to do so. So thank you for wanting to and hopefully you will get a chance. Whatever branch you choose, thank you and good luck.

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18 years Guard experience, combat missions and homeland missions. 12 years recruiting. I have been a platoon sergeant and squad leader. Mentor to new recruiters and recruits.

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