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5 hours ago, Desk Jobs Suck said:

REVIVAL. I'm a guard applicant. I have a history of childhood asthma and wanted to know the best process for waiver submittal for MEPS and FC1. Can I ask to submit a waiver before MEPS so I don't have to wait for the appointment, get DQ'd and then do the whole process? Basically is there a way to go about this as efficient as possible as to avoid delays?

First off, disclaimer.  I'm not a pulmonologist.  But, I know a little about AF policy.  If you had documented asthma after age 12 or 13, I don't believe it's waiverable.  Before that age, you're likely going to have to pass either a PFT or MCT or both.  I don't know the MEPS process, but for FC I, they are going to want the breathing tests done at Wright-Patt.  I know that doesn't directly answer your question, but maybe it helps a little?

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7 minutes ago, stuckindayton said:

First off, disclaimer.  I'm not a pulmonologist.  But, I know a little about AF policy.  If you had documented asthma after age 12 or 13, I don't believe it's waiverable.  Before that age, you're likely going to have to pass either a PFT or MCT or both.  I don't know the MEPS process, but for FC I, they are going to want the breathing tests done at Wright-Patt.  I know that doesn't directly answer your question, but maybe it helps a little?

My disclaimer, I'm not in the AF either, nor have I gone through any of this process. This is only what I've heard from pilots who have had asthma, or applicants currently going through the waiver process for asthma. If you have ongoing asthma after the age of 13, then yes it is DQ with no waiver. If you have things such as an inhaler or follow-up asthma visits after your 13th birthday because your parents make you because of paranoia, you will likely have to do PFT + MCT. Then it is up to AETC evaluation I believe. 

 

My question was more geared towards do you have to go to MEPS to get DQ'd or can you call them up before hand and say you have a DQ condition and a waiver needs to start so you don't waste 2-3 months waiting for a MEPS appointment, just to go get DQ'd and have to get a waiver, if that makes sense...

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Correct me if I'm wrong but I believe you'll send in a packet prior to MEPS to essentially get permission to come into MEPS and anything you need a waiver for will be in that.

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I don't know the answers to those questions.  I've actually never seen a waiver from MEPS.  In my experience, MEPS just does their thing and then Big Blue decides whether to send you on to compete the FC I.  In regards to the FC I, nothing is done ahead of time as far as waivers go.  The folks at Wright-Patt will review your case and decide if it makes sense to bring you.  If it does, then any required waivers get processed after your eval.

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Hi all, reviving this post for a waiver question. I'm 33, planning to apply to AFR / ANG UPT positions, and will need an age waiver as I understand it. When in the process does an age waiver come into play, and who initiates it? Do I need to get one before applying to a unit? Or does it only come into play after (if) I am accepted by a unit, and then they initiate it for me? Any clarification would be much appreciated.  

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20 minutes ago, xwingexplorer said:

Hi all, reviving this post for a waiver question. I'm 33, planning to apply to AFR / ANG UPT positions, and will need an age waiver as I understand it. When in the process does an age waiver come into play, and who initiates it? Do I need to get one before applying to a unit? Or does it only come into play after (if) I am accepted by a unit, and then they initiate it for me? Any clarification would be much appreciated.  

You will work with the unit that hires you and a recruiter to navigate the lengthy age waiver gauntlet.

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2 hours ago, OnlyInCleveland said:

You will work with the unit that hires you and a recruiter to navigate the lengthy age waiver gauntlet.

Thanks!

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Does anyone know how long it generally takes for a waiver to clear AETC after FC1?  A waiver not related to height (which I've heard that one takes 3-4 months)? The docs at Wright-Patt were saying I should know in the normal period (30-60 days), but just wanted to hear general timelines for folks. 

Thanks. 

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1 hour ago, MFlyer99 said:

Does anyone know how long it generally takes for a waiver to clear AETC after FC1?  A waiver not related to height (which I've heard that one takes 3-4 months)? The docs at Wright-Patt were saying I should know in the normal period (30-60 days), but just wanted to hear general timelines for folks. 

Thanks. 

I had an eye waiver that was approved in under 30 days last summer.

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Hoping to get someone to chime in here...

Background: I've been a CSO for the AF for 10 years now (last two-ish years for the ANG) flying on an FC1A with an indefinite PRK waiver. Diagnosed with Compartment Syndrome about six years ago while on active duty and have had a PFT profile for the run ever since, but no issues or guff when I get my flight physical every year. Applied to an AFRC unit for UPT and they hired/are sponsoring me with that knowledge. As far as I understand it, my entire medical package went to the AFRC/SG office for review before it went to WPAFB. I was scheduled for my IFC1 to start this coming Monday. Got a call this morning that they found the compartment syndrome entry and are disqualifying me and cancelling my appointment. Additionally, I had applied for UPT back on AD a few years ago and got an "FC1 approved pending MFS" stamped with this same diagnosis in my record (age knocked me out of the running). Big question is: does this sound like something that could be waived, especially since the they give me a flight physical every year? 

Sorry if that was a little disjointed!

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On 2/17/2020 at 5:13 PM, OnlyInCleveland said:

I had an eye waiver that was approved in under 30 days last summer.

did you get the waiver at FCI or after FCI?

Corona drew out the decision on my FCI, and I'm currently working on an eye waiver to submit back to either USAFSAM or AETC. I'm unfamiliar with how the post-FCI waiver process works, and my wing, while sponsoring me through all of this, is saying that this is 'uncharted territory' for them.

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On 8/6/2020 at 11:39 PM, snappingflyer said:

did you get the waiver at FCI or after FCI?

Corona drew out the decision on my FCI, and I'm currently working on an eye waiver to submit back to either USAFSAM or AETC. I'm unfamiliar with how the post-FCI waiver process works, and my wing, while sponsoring me through all of this, is saying that this is 'uncharted territory' for them.

It was submitted during my FC1 by the optometrist.

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