Navy Nursing w/ RE3?

  1. Not sure if anyone will be able to shed some light on this but I figured it's worth a shot. I'm looking at starting nursing school in the fall with the intention of apply for a commission in the Navy Nurse Corps when I'm finished. The main thing that concerns me is that I have a RE3 reenlistment code I received when I was medically discharged from the Coast Guard back in 2013. The condition was not permanent and is no longer an issue and I can get a waiver for it. I hit a road block with the Coast Guard when I tried to apply for a commission and they told me that they would not accept an RE3 waiver for my application.

    When I spoke to my Navy officer recruiter, he told me that that would be up to the individuals at MEPs to determine whether or not I was clear for service. This actually came as good news to me because I did not even get to MEPs with the Coast Guard and I believe that I would have a good shot with MEPs to receive a waiver. Still a little nervous though.

    Like I said, I know it's a long shot but do another other Navy nurses or applicants have a similar experience?

    ~Chris
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   Marine7
    Duffy,

    There are so many variables to your situation. I would suggest you go to navycs.com. On the first page, paragraph 7, you will see medical waiver process. Click on it. On the page that comes up, go all the way down to the bottom. You will be able to ask questions regarding waiverable medical conditions. The site is opporated by a retired Navy Chief and the blogs are answered by him and a retired MEPS Comander Physician. You can find answers to just about every condition. However, you need to understand that MEPS is NOT the RE-waiver authority. They are strictly medical. RE waivers are completely different. Start with the site I gave you and if you find out from them that there is a chance MEPS will agree to do your physical, let me know and I'll talk to you further on the RE code issue. Not being evasive, there is just a lot to discuss about RE waivers. If you find out you can physical, let me know and I'll get you my number and discuss it with you.
  4. by   Duffy27
    Thank you very much, I'll post some questions on that website and see what I can figure out. I'm certain I can get a medical waiver from a civilian doctor, mostly just concerned about the actual RE3 and needing a waiver for that. I'll post an update after I've gathered some more information or figure out any answers to my questions.

    ~Chris
  5. by   Marine7
    Quote from Duffy27
    Thank you very much, I'll post some questions on that website and see what I can figure out. I'm certain I can get a medical waiver from a civilian doctor, mostly just concerned about the actual RE3 and needing a waiver for that. I'll post an update after I've gathered some more information or figure out any answers to my questions.

    ~Chris
    As long as you did not rcv monies when you were discharged in relation to your RE code it can be waived. It can still be waived if you did, however, it is a lot harder. Also, medical waivers are not given by private physicians or MEPS physicians. When your paperwork is sent to MEPS, they will evaluate it and determine if your condition may be waiverable. Then it is sent to your branch of service. If not granted, they will not schedule your physical.
    Good Luck

    Jason
  6. by   Duffy27
    Okay, the only money I received was my pay. They didn't pay me anything towards treatment.

    Chris
  7. by   Duffy27
    Just an update, I'd send you a PM but don't have enough posts yet. The "Navydoc" responded and said, "Like all waivers, whether or not a service will grant an RE waiver is dependent on the needs of the service." I'm still a little worried about the RE-3; the Coast Guard would not review my application for a direct commission application because of it but since my recruiter didn't say I couldn't apply and that it was up to MEPs, I'm still hopeful that it'll work out.

    Chris

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