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    Exclamation Failed MEPS hearing test twice, now don't qualify.

    Yesterday my recruiter took me to MEPS (EL Segundo, CA) to enlist. I took the ASVAB and scored 81 which is good enough for my reserved job as a Signal Intelligence Analyst (35N).

    I got on a hotel shuttle to spend the night at the Radisson hotel. Woke up at 3:00 A.M. and headed back to MEPS at 4:00 for a full medical. Everything was going good until I took the darn hearing test. I failed miserably (H3). I saw the doctor and he asked me to take it again, so I did. Same result. I was very excited before that because I was supposed to swear in and sign my contract that same day, but the stupid hearing test results deemed me unqualified for military service.

    Now my question is: Is there a fair chance that my waiver will get approved or should I just lose hope and begin focusing on an alternative path? I really hope it's the former because I can't see myself anywhere else other than the Army.

    I should let you know that my recruiter is new and I'm actually his first recruit. Now I'm scared that his inexperience will severely affect my chances of getting that waiver approved.

    Any advice?

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    whoa whoa...dont blame your Recruiter for YOU failing something on the physical...we were all new Recruiter's once and we have Station Commanders and 1SGs and Operations NCOs, and Master Trainiers and so on and so forth that make sure that everything is done the right way, not to mention MEPS counselors, MEPS doctors, etc...so if you get denied dont blame your Recruiter....

    Now, I have actually gone through this before and it did not turn out well...had a guy sign up, he failed the hearing test but was still allowed to enlist that day (sometimes they do exceptions), so he enlisted but had to come back to do a consult (hearing test again), he did, failed and was dropped from the Future Soldier Training Program with a permanent disqualification.

    How was the pool at the hotel?

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    You're right. My apologies.

    Just really bummed and discouraged by all this.

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    I know how you feel, but I just thought it was not right to try and pass of the blame onto the Recruiter b/c he is new.

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    Soldiers still get hearing tested during their enlistment. I had to get mine upon re-deployment and pass (even though the message said I was pressing the button too fast even when there wasnt a tone lol).

    The point is that if you cant pass at MEPS, you wont be able to pass while on active duty and will become non-deployable. Why would the military put themself in that situation from the get go?

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    I'm sorry to hear that. I suppose it's possible that a waiver might be approved. It all depends on how badly the Army needs recruits. It's totally out of the hands of your Recruiter. All he can do is submit the request for waiver unless he knows for a fact that he needn't bother. It's also possible that a request has been submitted by MEPS. Failing the hearing test is not neccessarily the end of the road but don't expect a waiver at this time. Maybe sometime in the future you'll be able to try again when the Army has less people interested in enlisting.
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    A waiver may be approved, but depending on your MOS's PULHES, you may need to select a different MOS. I had to go through a medical waiver for vision, so I feel your pain. I am legally blind in one eye (20/400), with a surgical implant (automatic disqualification). And still got the waiver.

    Now, some people say it may have been approved because I was already sworn in. I don't really care. Anyways, I got to keep my MOS.

    If you don't mind me asking, why is your hearing so bad?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 25üRabbit View Post
    If you don't mind me asking, why is your hearing so bad?
    Doc said it was a prolonged exposure to loud noises over the years that permanently damaged my hearing.

    Isn't this exactly what happens to our artillery guys?

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    In most cases, yes, but they start out with good hearing.

    Well I could already tell what the doc said. Do you remember any specific events? Or have you just spent a lot of time at concerts and what-not?

    I got lucky. I scored perfect on the test; never to to concerts (good ones rarely come around here) and never been on a plane. Haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by 25üRabbit View Post
    Well I could already tell what the doc said. Do you remember any specific events?
    I think it was the years of listening to heavy metal on my old walkman at full blast. Now I've upgraded to an iPod with in-ear headphones. Strangely that isn't loud enough for me.

    Ok, now I'm waiting for that waiver to get approved (or denied).

    Questions: If a miracle occurs and I get my waiver approved, will I have to take the hearing test at reception? And if so, is it going to be a big issue if I don't pass it?

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