Your CDR does not have to coordinate with medical personnel simply to flag you an enter you in the Army Weight Control Program. Part of the program is a medical evaluation, which is required for chapter action for unsatisfactory progress in the AWCP.
as directed per army g1 and I quote "A Soldier found to have a temporary underlying medical condition as determined by a healthcare provider may be temporarily exempt from enrollment into the Army Weight Control Program and will not be flagged during a period of time as determined by his/her healthcare provider. However, the Soldier is expected to be in compliance with AR 600-9 effective the ending date of that prescribed period. If not, he/she will be enrolled in the Army Weight Control Program and flagged."
ENROLLMENT IN THE ARMY WEIGHT CONTROL PROGRAM BEGINS ON THE SAME DAY THE SOLDIER IS COUNSELED BY THE UNIT COMMANDER THAT HE/SHE HAS BEEN ENTERED IN THE ARMY WEIGHT CONTROL PROGRAM. SOLDIERS ARE FLAGGED BY THE UNIT COMMANDER UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF ARMY REGULATION AR 600-8-2.
The Q&A section you referenced has to do simply with if a medical condition exists. It is not the responsibility of the commander to determine this simply to flag an individual. The only time a medical exam is required is for chapter actions.
In fact, if you bothered to read a little further down in that same FAQ you quoted, you would see the following:
Q: When will a Soldier be flagged for being overweight?
A: A Soldier who exceeds the body fat standard will be informed by his/her commander that he/she has been entered into the Army Weight Control Program (AWCP). The date on which that counseling occurs is the effective date he/she is enrolled in the AWCP and flagged under the provisions of AR 600-8-2. Prior to or shortly after enrollment into the AWCP, that Soldier will also be provided dietary education or nutrition counseling by healthcare personnel, exercise guidance, and assistance in behavioral modification, as appropriate, to help him/her meet Army requirements.
Q: Are medical evaluations required before a Soldier is flagged?
A: No. However, a medical evaluation will be completed when the Soldier has a medical limitation, is pregnant, or when requested by the unit commander. A medical evaluation is also required for Soldiers being considered for separation as a result of failing to make satisfactory progress in a weight control program or who are within six months of exiting the Service. It is recommended that all Soldiers who are enrolled in a weight control program receive a medical evaluation. However, a medical evaluation does not exclude the Soldier from meeting body fat standards outlined in AR 600-9.
So I say again to your original statement; You do NOT have to be medically cleared simply to be enrolled in the AWCP and flagged. If you choose to make a medical appointment and you have a metabolic disorder which would necessitate a treatment and profile, the flag could then be removed pending the completion of your treatment.
A physical profile does not give a pass to 600-9. Even if you are on a complete dead man profile, you are still required to be within weight and body fat standards. The only exception is if you have a disorder which causes weight gain on its own, and the profile will only extend to the point it can be treated. If it cannot be treated, you will be chaptered.
Originally posted by jackieg1982: Thi SM has a heart disease and must see a physicain prior to any additional physical activity that is not already exempt from profile.....I cant even drive my car to work anymore
I think the flag issue is the least of your problems. With this "heart disease" you should be concerned with a medical review board putting you out of the military.
You mentioned a profile, what are your restrictions?
What is your PULHES?
Have you been scheduled for that physician exam?
You seem to have a lot more going on here than just being on the weight control program.
all my profile says i can do is streach and walk, and no walking beyond 15 mins. I am being treated however with my cardiologist going tdy ever 3 months and my disease specialist always being booked things are moving slowly....I asked to be placed in the WTU until I could start my PEB but I keep getting told no because they have to wait on supporting documents to send to the WTU for approval...so until then I am just getting messed with left and right
I have to shake my head in amazement when I read such belittling remarks from a Senior NCO refering to a medically disabled soldier as useless. And leaderships wonder why soldiers' moral are down in the dumps every day they have to show up for duty while they are undergoing the MEB/PEB process, knowing they are viewed in such a undeserving way. A soldier serves his/her country honorably, gets hurt and/or ill as a result of service, then is labled useless by his/her chain of command. Any American is qualifiied to belittle another American for any reason they deem fit, because we all have freedom of speech and one's own opinions. But just because one is qualified to hurl such insults, does not been one's insults are correct or warrented. So therefore I say pay no attention to those " " behide the curtain and drive on fellow wounded warrior "jackieg1982", and thank you for your service to God, Country, Unit, and the U.S. Army.
Originally posted by 19588526: Its actually not a first, I just switched accounts.
In case my qualifications to make such a comment are in question, my stats are 11 years active, 5 Marine/6 Army. 4 combat deployments, 2 noncombat deployments. Currently a training NCO.