Not sure how it works in the Reserve, but in the ANG, you're selected before your physical. So by the time you get to your physical they already have said we want this guy. Getting a waiver is really a non-event, and shouldn't stop you're progress.
Now that I think about it, I was sworn in and then got my Physical done. Of course MEPS went smoothly so the unit didnt think I would have an issue.
Getting a waiver in the ANG is not hard once your selected, its getting it approved by the NGB. Which could take a lot of time and slow your processing up alot.
When I did my initial physical before OTS (not the MEPS physical). They DQ'd me for accommodation, an eye sight problem. I did some research and found out that they tested me incorrectly. I asked for and received a re-test. This time an actual ophthalmologist conducted the test.
When he ran the numbers he said "yep, you failed again"
"What were my numbers?" I asked.
He told me the numbers, and they were within limits (I had brought the test procedures and limits with me). So I corrected him and told him I passed for my age. He looked it up and said "yeah, I guess you did pass, but your accommodation is terrible."
To which I said " I don't really care as long as I passed"
The point is, theses guys conducting these physicals don't give a crap about you or really realize how important this is to you. You're the one who cares the most, so make sure you read every regulation regarding the issue that you had, and don't give up. Do NOT rely on the med techs or even flight surgeon for help.
If I hadn't stood my ground--twice, I wouldn't be in the Air Force today.
Last edited by RBI73; 03-01-2013 at 03:05 PM.
Same thing happened to me. I got picked up by a heavy unit out of Travis and DQ'd before anything could really get started. I have a couple slipped discs in my back. They wouldn't even let me go to MEPS. No one would help me. Recruiter wouldn't help, unit can't help (all of that is out of their hands, even talked to CP about it and he said there was nothing he could do), I tried calling base docs, MEPS docs. I would certainly love another shot at it.
I wouldn't give up just yet, but the problem with back issues is the ejection seat, and you have to get through primary in the T-6 with an ejection seat. Might try Coast Guard or Navy/Marines before T-34s are gone too.