Medical waiver option 40?

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mikeguerrero64
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Medical waiver option 40?

Post by mikeguerrero64 » May 18th, 2017, 10:30 pm

Hello Rangers,

Earlier today, I went down to MEPs with an 11x Option 40 contract. I went down to MEPs 2 months ago and qualified for everything, but didn't sign because they didn't have any Option 40s.

I finally got the contract earlier this week and went down to MEPs as an inspect this morning. All I needed was a quick inspection to see if anything had changed since my last time at MEPs.

So this is where things went downhill. The doctor noticed a tiny skin rash on the back of my left leg. I simply said it was dry skin. She blew it out of proportion and wrote it down as Eczema. She and another doctor literally had no clue what the rash was and decided it was eczema. I was then DQ'd and my counselor put in a request for a medical waiver.

Even if the waiver is approved, would that mean I can no longer have a shot at being a Ranger? I read you cannot have a medical waiver to be in the Regiment.

I truly believe the doctor just misdiagnosed the rash. I'm going to my doctor/dermatologist tomorrow to get notes to prove the rash is not eczema. Is there anyway this can be fixed/overturned?

All my life I've wanted to serve in the 75th. I don't know what to do. I've literally worked way too hard for this oppurunity to be DQ'd for a tiny rash.

Thanks

Mike

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Re: Medical waiver option 40?

Post by Disinfertention » May 19th, 2017, 10:22 pm

Mike, get a second opinion and present that. Talk to your recruiter. If he isn't helpful talk to a different recruiter in the station. Work through this. It sounds like a load of bullcrap to me but keep with it.

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Re: Medical waiver option 40?

Post by Jim » May 24th, 2017, 11:51 am

Mike, go to your local dermatologist and get another opinion. Then take that opinion to MEPS and if it is accepted, you will not require a waiver. This may assist you in obtaining an Option 40. Never, never quit!
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