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    Sorry to bring up another waiver question. I am just wondering about the probability of my waiver going through. I had shoulder surgery in 1998. My shoulder was loose from playing many sports. I never had a specific injury, no dislocation, no hardware inserted. I couldn't get medical records as they have been purged due to how long ago the surgery was. So, I submitted a letter from an Orthopedic consult to MEPS that I had done a couple of months back. Letter states that my shoulder is 100 percent normal - range of motion, strength, stability. The MEPS MD disqualified me for "history of shoulder instability." My recruiter said this is normal and now he is submitting my info to the Surgeon General of the Guard for review (I am also speaking with an Army Reserves recruiter if The Guard falls through). Assuming he is satisfied with what the paperwork says, he will issue a letter to the MEPS MD authorizing me to complete my physical at MEPS. Then after my physical, he will submit a waiver.
    What are the chances of the Surgeon General (Guard or Reserves) approving me to go to MEPS and then if that happens what are the chances of this medical waiver going through with the current downsizing climate?
    I know it really depends on the doctor reviewing it, and all kinds of other variables. I just wanted some opinions - especially if you have gone through the process recently.
    I also submitted a notarized letter that states I have had no problems since the surgery and rehab. I included that I have played sports since the surgery and have also gone through two Correctional Academies with no issues.
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    The meps doctor would be the one to forward your docs up not your recruiter. If the meps doctor disqualified you, then i doubt it will be sent up higher.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SSGmartinez View Post
    The meps doctor would be the one to forward your docs up not your recruiter. If the meps doctor disqualified you, then i doubt it will be sent up higher.
    Well that is what my recruiter said and he says it happens that way all the time.
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    Active and reserves are not like this. But good luck to you. hopefully guard is different.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SSGmartinez View Post
    Active and reserves are not like this. But good luck to you. hopefully guard is different.
    We will see. I will quote my recruiter's email:
    Robin, the MEPS MD disqualified you for "history of shoulder instability." Don't
    worry though. This happens all the time. I will submit your paperwork to the
    Surgeon General for the National Guard for review. Assuming he is satisfied
    with what the paperwork says, he will issue a letter to the MEPS MD authorizing
    you to complete your physical at MEPS. Then after your physical, we will submit
    a waiver.

    I'm not sure how long it will take to hear back from the National Guard/SG, but it could be
    about a month."
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    If the MEPS doctor disqualifies you and your waiver doesn't get approved, you can't join any branch. A bad physical is a bad physical... you can't hop from service to service once you've been DQ'd by MEPS hoping one will be more lenient than the other.
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    SSG Martinez and MPclk 2006 are active duty recruiters, so they know more than most.
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    Quote Originally Posted by UCPharmD View Post
    If the MEPS doctor disqualifies you and your waiver doesn't get approved, you can't join any branch. A bad physical is a bad physical... you can't hop from service to service once you've been DQ'd by MEPS hoping one will be more lenient than the other.
    I don't think you understand. I HAVEN'T HAD A PHYSICAL. I got a dq from the MEPS Doctor just based on my paperwork which according to the new regs he HAS to give me a DQ because of the "History of shoulder instability". Now, I have to have the paperwork sent to the Guard Surgeon General who can then decide to tell the MEPS Doctor that I should be allowed to have the physical. Then I can actually go to MEPS and have the physical done where if the Doctor finds that my shoulder is fine he approves my physical. If the Guard Surgeon General does not authorize me to go to MEPS to have the physical then I still have the option of having my paperwork reviewed by every other branch because they each have their own way of doing waivers. I have already talked to Guard and Reserves recruiters and they all agreed that each branch of the military and each of the Guard/Reserves do things differently. So, I can get a DQ from one but be approved for another. It would be a different story if I went to MEPS and had the physical and was disqualified.

    What I was told is that with the current regs I get an automatic DQ due to the "history of shoulder instability" without the Doctor even considering the fact that I had surgery in 1998 to fix it, have had no problems since, and was given a clean bill of health with no restrictions from an Orthopedic two months ago. What I was told is if you fall under any of the medical DQ categories you are automatically given a DQ and then your info is sent to your individual branch for further consideration. I was told that if you have a medical issue on your paperwork the MEPS Doctor can no longer allow you to go in an take the physical he/she has no choice but to give you a DQ.
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    So each recruiter (reserve and guard) both submitted the request or one at a time? Can you submit simultaneously including the air force?

    Do you have a pronounced scar on your shoulder?
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