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01-25-2011, 12:06
Ive searched through the forum archives concerning the topic of Right bundle bunch blocks; Although it seems that I have not been able to arrive at a definitive answer regarding a possible medical disqualification regarding my condition.

About 3 years ago I was diagnosed with a Right Bundled Bunch Block via EKG and ECG after randomly becoming light headed. Reading through AR 40-501 it mentions this being a disqualification in section 2.18.4; the caveat being "are disqualifying when symptomatic or associated with underlying cardiovascular disease."

As I'm looking to submit my packet for OCS in the coming months , I'd like to know if this will be an automatic disqualification, or will my acceptance (based on my condition) be determined by my physical health and the discretion of the MEPS physician?

Thank you for your time.

01-25-2011, 16:41
I am neither a medic nor a SF soldier. I'm just a support guy...with a RBBB. I will note however that I have NEVER felt any heart "hicups" or felt lightheaded.

Mine was discovered about a year ago at MEPS during the EKG exam when I came into the Guard. I was PNQ'd by the MEPS "doc" but after a thorough eval from a Johns Hopkins cardiologist (blood work, EKG at rest, stress test with all kinds of cool stuff hooked up, and then a 3-D sonogram of my heart immediately after running on treadmill).

I got a detailed letter from the Doc that I was healthy (RBBB is common in 10% of the population). I received a waiver from NGB and have a PHULES is 111121 (glasses).

Recently had an Airborne physical and the doc pointed out that my RBBB was a disqualification but I commented that I am absent of underlying cardio disease (credit to Surgicalcric).

The bigger question...why the heck would you want to go to OCS? :D

01-25-2011, 18:27

Thank you very much for responding to my post, and especially for the insight from someone in my shoes. With the information you have provided, you have given me new hope in my pursuit.

To address your other question; I still have a bit of soul searching to do regarding the OCS route. Depending on what the future may hold for me, I am more seriously considering the NG to SF route (18C). At this stage in my preparation, I am merely gathering as much information, knowledge, and advice from those ahead of me.

This being said, I want to ensure that nothing I can help will keep me from pursuing service, be it at any level or branch.

Again, thank you very much for your time.