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sean82206

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New OTS applicant here. I've looked but maybe I'm just not searching for the right phrasing. I can see that a medical clearance can take a while to get. Does anyone know if it is possible to "speed it up" by certifying before you're asked to? I found the FAA Medical Certification website allows registration without an invitation, unlike eQIP for the SF86.
 

BPM31694

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New OTS applicant here. I've looked but maybe I'm just not searching for the right phrasing. I can see that a medical clearance can take a while to get. Does anyone know if it is possible to "speed it up" by certifying before you're asked to? I found the FAA Medical Certification website allows registration without an invitation, unlike eQIP for the SF86.
Medical only takes a long time if you have "issues" in your background. Any arrests that are drug/alcohol related, past prescription medication use (ADHD especially), and just general health issues that might come up. You will put in the Tier 2 process and have to wait sometimes years for a medical clearance, assuming you don't get DQ'd before that. I am 2 years out since receiving my TOL in December 2017 (I'm from the 2017 OTS bid).
 

sean82206

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Medical only takes a long time if you have "issues" in your background. Any arrests that are drug/alcohol related, past prescription medication use (ADHD especially), and just general health issues that might come up. You will put in the Tier 2 process and have to wait sometimes years for a medical clearance, assuming you don't get DQ'd before that. I am 2 years out since receiving my TOL in December 2017 (I'm from the 2017 OTS bid).
I haven't been to the doctor since I was around 10 years old because I never get sick. I was in the ER around 13 because I had a systemic reaction to a bee sting that resulted in me getting an epi-pen but other than that, I believe I have a clean bill of health. No daily medications, no psych visits or anything.
 

WaterToGo

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I haven't seen any method of speeding up medical clearance. Your best bet is to just get any medical records you can. I would just focus on getting a TOL since most of the things you need to do for medical requires resources that your point of contact (POC) will provide after your TOL
 

sean82206

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I haven't seen any method of speeding up medical clearance. Your best bet is to just get any medical records you can. I would just focus on getting a TOL since most of the things you need to do for medical requires resources that your point of contact (POC) will provide after your TOL
What medical records can you say I need? Obviously your health and vitals, previous meds, that a primary care doctor would have but what about dental and such?
 

WaterToGo

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What medical records can you say I need? Obviously your health and vitals, previous meds, that a primary care doctor would have but what about dental and such?
I don't think you need dental unless its something major or ongoing. I just requested records from my PCP and any specialists I saw in the last 4 years or so.
 

SgtSavage

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Medical only takes a long time if you have "issues" in your background. Any arrests that are drug/alcohol related, past prescription medication use (ADHD especially), and just general health issues that might come up. You will put in the Tier 2 process and have to wait sometimes years for a medical clearance, assuming you don't get DQ'd before that. I am 2 years out since receiving my TOL in December 2017 (I'm from the 2017 OTS bid).
Personally I think it's also dependant on the Flight Surgeon reviewing your info. I sent in over 200 pages of VA Paperwork, had to get a CSR, and still, the FS had approved me for Special Consideration before my AME even submitted my physical, and that was with an automatically disqualifying condition. But, I think it also helped that I passed the MMPI and all that.
 

Olympus

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What medical records can you say I need? Obviously your health and vitals, previous meds, that a primary care doctor would have but what about dental and such?
If it's true that you don't have anything out of the ordinary, I don't think you really need to prepare any medical records at all. Only other thing to consider is if you have anything that might cause you to not pass part of the physical exam, like the vision test. If you don't have 20/20 vision right now, get it corrected before your medical exam.
 

NN9419

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Nothing in the hiring process is fast, or efficient, and there are no short cuts other than responding to requests ASAP. If you’re 100% healthy, you still will likely be waiting at least a month for a clearance after your exam. If you have any issues, expect several months to upwards of a year. The same goes for security clearance. This is a long process. Be prepared.
 

sean82206

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Can anyone confirm that I may not need to prepare records, or should I have them in the case I need them? I luckily have 20/20 vision right now so no need for corrections, thankfully.

Thank you for your quick replies! Maybe faster isn't the wording I was looking for, but smoother.
 

Olympus

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Can anyone confirm that I may not need to prepare records, or should I have them in the case I need them? I luckily have 20/20 vision right now so no need for corrections, thankfully.

Thank you for your quick replies! Maybe faster isn't the wording I was looking for, but smoother.
If you don't have any issues they're not going to ask for any records. It's a physical: vision test, color vision test, hearing test, and EKG. You'll be measured, weighed, and examined with a stethoscope.

If you pass all of that there's nothing you can do to speed up the process. They're not going to ask for anything else. Filling out MedXpress will ask for your medical history but like you said you haven't been to the doctor in 10 years.
 
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