Quote from dm22
I am now in the process of applying for the Navy Nurse Candidate Program. My "record" so to speak is pretty much spotless, except for one thing. I got injured in highschool playing sports, and I herniated a lumbar intervertebral disc. It was not that serious, and I was never forced to stop playing or being active, and I recovered by conservative measures. Everyone has been hurt at least one time, so I figure.
My recruiter and I discussed it, and I will likely be disqualified just for history of back pain. So then I go for the waiver. Who issues the waiver? is it the MEPS doctor, or is it the people that look over my packet? how long does the waiver process take?
any more input is greatly appreciated
I am surprised that your recruiter thinks you will be dq'd for this.
However it is really up to the Meps physician, who will ask you in private about things.
So, bring documentation from your current doctor all about your injury, the diagnosis and so forth.
I had something that was potentially dq'able but, mentioned that there was never any issue with it for years and that my doctor dismissed it as being nothing. I got lucky that I didn't need to bring documentation but, I would suggest to bring it yourself.
Why not call up your doc and say that you are getting ready to go to meps and you need the information about your prior back injury in order to show that it was a temporary injury and not a debilitating one.
p.s. I have heard sometimes that recruiters just hate to have to do things that involve a patients medical records, so, go get 'em yourself! Good luck again