NAOBERJU wrote:I am not advocating lying on your medical forms. I obviously didn't lie. I am simply relating my experiences with the waiver process and what I heard and witnessed firsthand when I worked for two different branches of the military. I am simply expressing the absolute frustration I have with a system that seems to reward those that did not play by the rules. There may be people who have been prosecuted or punished for lying, but I am just saying that I met many people in both branches--enlisted and officer--who did not play by the rules. Maybe that system should be changed, but as of now, if an applicant has a medical issue that requires a waiver, the end result is arbitrary.
This is my issue as well. If they had taken me years ago I would still be serving. But I told the truth about something so minor even my doctor doesn't seem to care (he has real patients) and I was turned down. Turned down at the same time that, literally, the US Army let in a functionally retarded guy going through MEPS with me. The guy scored so low on his ASVAB that if he had gotten even one more question wrong they would have turned him down (I can't remember the actual scores, it was a while ago, but I remember smoking a cigarette with him and wondering at the potential injustice if I, a healthy 20 year old who scored in the 95+ percentile on the same test and could run an 8 minute mile, was turned down while that guy got in).
I'm going to try one more time to get in to the military (this will be my fourth attempt) after passing the bar, trying for the Nat'l Guard JAG. I expect to be turned down again, but at least this time I'm pretty sure I'll actually get to the waiver stage and actually try it. And at least I'll be able to say that while I shouldn't have listened to my mom at 18 (cuz then I would've been a warrant officer and done awesome things before they discovered my "issue") at least I tried.
But back to the above quote: It really does seem to be an unfair process that is unecessarily in the dark to applicants. Why not make it a clear and open administrative process with some rules and guidelines? It wouldn't hurt anyone, it wouldn't cost that much more, and it would save time and money on the part of both the Services and the applicants if people had a clearer idea of what will or won't work and why.