My Chances Of a Medical Waiver For Meps 2569
If you plan on joining the military, it is not like joining any other organization. The application process is unlike most other job application processes. You have to fill out various forms and dozens of documents before you can join, which include a background check, your health history, and more.
Whether you want to apply to the military for the first time, or you are considering going back in after a service break, they require a medical prescreen form filled out, known as the 2807-2 Medical Prescreen of Medical History Report. You cannot even apply to take the physical for the military before filling out this form. There are several reasons for this, but the biggest one is to save all involved a lot of time and money. There are very strict health requirements for the military to make sure that anyone joining is fit enough for service.
If you apply and receive a PDQ, or Permanent Disqualification for a medical condition which is permanent, it means that MEPS needs additional information before it can process your 2807-2 form. It doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t get in, as some issues are eligible for a medical waiver. You can begin the process of applying for the medical waiver if your condition warrants such a thing. Note that not all medical conditions can qualify for a medical waiver.
Familiarize yourself with the DODI, or Department of Defense Instruction for Medical Standards for Appointment, induction in the Military Services, or Enlistment. MEPS doctors use this official document to determine the medical eligibility of military applicants. If you have a PDQ, it should have a PULHES Code or Factor. This is the standard medical code which is sued to rate your physical conditions. Using these codes, you can look up your conditions in the DODI to know if they are waiver able or not.
It is essential that you step up and do your own research here. A majority of recruiters do not have time to hold your hand through the process of application. When you spend your own time, it makes it easier for your recruiter to work with you and get you a waiver. Each recruiter is different, and most will work with you if you work with them. Helping them with their job also shows how motivated and dedicated you are about joining the military.
Unfortunately, not all conditions are waiver able. The military has some very strict standards for the kinds of medical waivers they approve and will not approve. The decision is totally out of your hands as well. Most of the time, you cannot appeal the decision. Rather, it is simple and final.
There is an extensive list of all the conditions where you cannot receive a waiver. Some include ADD if you are taking certain medications, a history of asthma, drug dependency, diabetes, problems with particular organs, severe nut allergies, certain skin conditions, and many more. Your best bet is to download a copy of the DODI and research your own medical conditions.