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Medical waiver question
Last Post 11 Sep 2014 10:02 PM by Danny0195. 25 Replies.
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11 Aug 2014 05:09 PM
    Hello! I went to the meps and they told me I need to get a waiver for hemorrhoids. How hard is it to get a waiver? How long does this process take? 

    Thanks in advance.
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    11 Aug 2014 06:07 PM
    Talk to your recruiter to get started. You will read on the waiver request sheet that it could take up to 6 months. I haven't seen it take that long though. I had a mitrovalve prolapse approved in 2 months and astigmatism in 2 weeks. Be patient, there is only one CG officer in charge of all recruits medical waivers.
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    11 Aug 2014 06:11 PM
    Thanks for your reply! My recruited is submitting the waiver, but I just wanted to know if it was hard to get waiver approved, especially for my situation.
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    12 Aug 2014 12:43 PM
    my myopia waiver took 6 weeks. but that was a simple mistake that MEPS made on their behalf. I was to have passed at meps as my eye sight is -6.5 and at meps they gave me -8.5
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    21 Aug 2014 09:43 AM
    My son just received notification that he was disqualified from Coast Guard due to a dislocated thumb injury back when he was 11yrs old. When he went to MEPS he was told that he was cleared to later find out today by the recruiter that he was disqualified. He has all working ability in that thumb(can make a fist, can touch tips of fingers) and I am totally shocked by this. We're going to see if we can get an approval for a waiver, what do you think his chances are? Has anyone else had this to happen? Any suggestions as to what we can do on our end, my son is so disappointed.
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    21 Aug 2014 02:43 PM
    There's nothing you can do, and we can't give you any odds. It's up to his recruiter whether or not a waiver is going to be pursued. Best of luck to you.
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    21 Aug 2014 04:25 PM
    It sucks to hear and I totally understand your frustration...sent you a PM hope it is helpful. We wish him the best!
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    27 Aug 2014 09:37 PM
    If i get my situation cleared by my physician and it's gone completely, can i reapply?
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    28 Aug 2014 08:19 AM
    I'm sure Capt can look up the regs... but I wonder if it is something you have a predisposition to if that will be a disqualifying factor. Call the recruiter back and ask. If they can be medically cleared, you may have a waiting period before you can try again. They may be one of those things that once done, you are done forever.
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    28 Aug 2014 12:49 PM
    I honestly do not know if you can reapply this would be a question for your recruiter. A few things come to mind quickly, like;
    1. Is your waiver still being processed
    2. Do you need surgery to be gone completely...if surgery there is something like 180 days post op recovery with no reoccurring issues type stuff with a final you are all healed doctor visit at that time. It is possible you might be able to reapply then.
    3. Really good questions for your recruiter.

    All I can find is this...
    (3) Current hemorrhoid (internal or external), when large, symptomatic, or with a history of bleeding (455) within the last 60 days

    Pg 24 http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/...13003p.pdf
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    29 Aug 2014 02:10 AM
    Thank you guys very much for your informative answers. =)
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    01 Sep 2014 04:31 PM
    Okay. So I went to a gastroenterologist this weekend to get my thing checked. I got a colonoscopy and the doctor said he did not see anything, and there is nothing wrong with me. He said he can write a letter saying that i am physically qualified to join the military. So what happens next? Can I join the Coast Guard now? =)
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    01 Sep 2014 07:40 PM
    That's a question for your recruiter only MEPS can answer.
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    01 Sep 2014 08:28 PM
    He can write something saying that the issue is resolved, but discourage him from writing that you are "physically qualified to join the military". That's a bit presumptuous, and beyond your doctor's scope of knowledge or expertise.
    You can meet the standard, or you can set the standard. It's your choice.
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    01 Sep 2014 09:51 PM
    Ask him to write a letter on his letterhead stating the facts of his findings in as much detail as directly related to the medical enlistment standards for your situation and his professional medical experience. He can write that you are physically qualified for military duty but it will not matter one bit to the MEPS doctors only they have the authority to say you do, or you don't.

    Ask him to list every thing he did, everything he discovered and everything factual to your situation and anything disproving what MEPS disqualified your for...he needs to be very specific. Also have him update your medical records and get a copy of those as well, then call your recruiter up to explain and ask if you can give him copies of the new medical documents and letter from your doctor and go from there.

    Is your waiver still in process? The recruiter may be able to get the new documents into MEPS to supplement the waiver, but he may have to wait until that is complete. Call your recruiter and see how he wants to handle things.

    Keep us posted, we wish you the best.
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    09 Sep 2014 01:38 PM
    Hey guys I'm new here.
    So Meps disqualified me cause 6 years ago I had a fracture clavicle and since then and even then I din't haves any problems it did not hurt and have never hurt I work out everyday. They gave me a Waiver ( I din't have surgery or a cast ) and thats the whole story , I'm really disappointed and sad , what you guys think are my chances and how long does the CG take to accept or declined the waiver?
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    09 Sep 2014 01:56 PM
    Start by reading this thread, as we already answered the timeline question from the OP. No one can predict your chances. Be happy that your recruiter liked you enough to submit a waiver and you'll have an answer in a relatively short while. Good luck.
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    09 Sep 2014 03:17 PM
    Yes I've read this entire article and it helped. I'm more calm but never satisfied , I hope they hurry up with the waiver and that I can join.
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    11 Sep 2014 10:43 AM
    Hello, i was also dq'd for hemorrhoids, my recruiter sent in documents with the gastroenterologist results saying that I have a non- protruding hemorrhoidal vessel , I think these results are good news, but i'm still not sure. Now about a month ago my recruiter told me that meps won't look at my documents unless I have a 50 or above in the asvab. I want to know if I have a good chance for my waiver to get approved if I get that 50 or above? Thanks in advance for responses.
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    11 Sep 2014 11:09 AM
    "a protruding hemorrhoidal vessel in my eyes??"
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    11 Sep 2014 11:21 AM
    I mean in my view, not that the hemorrhoidal vessel is in my eyes. Lol
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    11 Sep 2014 01:11 PM
    That would be a bad spot to have one of those...lol

    Have you considered studying up and retaking the ASVAB? With a little bit of studying I am sure you could bring that score up in the 80's to 90's. We wish you the best on the waiver process!
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    11 Sep 2014 01:17 PM
    I know lol, and yes I'm Studying for the test, but i'm not sure if its worth it knowing that my waiver will probably get disapproved. I mean what do you think of the non-protruding hemorrhoidal vessel?
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    11 Sep 2014 01:42 PM
    What we think doesn't matter. The CG Medical Officer has to review your records and make a determination. We try to keep speculation here to a minimum.
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    11 Sep 2014 05:26 PM
    What Gears says...what I think or anyone else here thinks about your situation and being able to proudly serve with no issues doesn't mean a hill of beans. Only what those MEPS docs thinks matters and we have no idea what they might be thinking.

    But you state that unless your ASVAB score is higher they will not let you process...so right there you are dead in the water. Go out swinging, go out knowing you did everything you could for a chance, don't just let them run you off because you might not get approved. Study up like you are trying to score a prefect score and then go in there and hit it out of the ball park...show your recruiter and MEPS you are serious, you are confident, you are going to be successful. Not I might make, or no reason to study cause I might not get approved, that is kind of lazy...no it is lazy and shows a poor work ethic and work attitude and with that I am pretty sure the recruiter will not want to try and get you approved. Kick it into high gear and make a solid effort, force them to make a hard decision to either waive you in or regret letting you go. Don't make it easy for them to say thanks but no thanks please do not call us, by not showing any effort because you might not get approved.

    Get you paperwork squared away, get current documentation, get a specialists second opinion, show them the enlistment standards, get the thing corrected do anything but give up and go away...trust me that would be their preferred outcome here! Go for it, make the best effort you can for a chance. Heck it might just get you in, or at least afford you a chance maybe with another branch, but at bare minimum it will let you know you tried and did everything you could and that the military is missing out on a spectacular applicant because of a silly non-issue thing that causes you no problems!

    We wish you the best and hope it all works out for you! Please keep us posted on the outcome.
    I want to finally set it free, So show me how to see what Your mercy sees, Help me now to give what You gave to me...Forgiveness, Forgiveness
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    11 Sep 2014 10:02 PM
    Thank you very much, i've been studying hard, your words just gave me more reason to study even harder. I will take your advice and thanks again I will keep you updated.
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