Manual of the Medical Department

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MEPS waivers vs. NSW waivers

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  • MEPS waivers vs. NSW waivers

    In the intro topic to this section there was a link that was supposed to go to the PDF that probably would’ve answered this question but it was down.

    Going through MEPS I’m still in need of one waiver. Everything else at MEPS was good and I’m currently waiting to be scheduled to see a specialist that will look at my shoulder. I’m confident I’ll get the waiver because it wasn’t a shoulder injury it was a pec tear & reconstruction that has fully healed. Say I am cleared physically, what are the next physical examinations for medical issues that the NSW does aside from MEPS? Do they conduct them after you’re already in basic? Seems like that wouldn’t be the case if you get a seal contract, so maybe around the same time I take the PST? Thanks

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    Freedom_, I had a buddy who got an SO contract with a SPECWAR waiver told me the “difference” between a general service waiver & SPECWAR waiver is:

    1) General service medical waivers are obvious, to be cleared into the big Navy.

    2) SPECWAR medical has their own set of standards for Dive/Jump duty. If your past medical history falls within the disqualifying side, then you’ll need a waiver to be cleared for Dive/Jump/Special Operations duty. Some past issues aren’t disqualifying. He says to look at the standards & evaluate it with your doc & recruiter & as well as meps/Navy medical, they have the final say whether or not you’ll need a waiver for a contract.

    Here’s the process for a SPECWAR medical waiver in a nutshell(from what he told me):

    Step 1) DQ’d at MEPS -step 2) Process medical waiver with Navy recruiting- step 3) If approved, then you’ll be cleared to PST -step 4) Your NSW package will be viewed by NSW/Navy medical -step 5) If you’re cleared, then you should be contracted at this point.

    Of course with your past issue, chances are you may not need SPECWAR waiver but a general service waiver. He told me it’s just a matter of patience and be sure you provide documentation of it. More documentation of it, the better.

    I hope this helps.


    • #3
      Awesome. Very helpful.