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Can a blood disorder keep me from joining the military?

Can a blood disorder keep me from joining the military?

Possibly: "Current or history of coagulation defects (286) to include, but not limited to von Willebrand’s Disease (286.4), idiopathic thrombocytopenia (287), or Henoch-Schönlein Purpura (287.0), is disqualifying. Leukopenia. Current or history of diagnosis of any form of chronic or recurrent agranulocytosis and/or leukopenia (288.0) is disqualifying." ...Read more

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Could chronic glomerulonephritis keep me from joining the military?

Could chronic glomerulonephritis keep me from joining the military?

Quite possibly: "Current or history of acute (580) or chronic (582) nephritis of any type is disqualifying" If is it an on-going condition would not count on a waiver. See: http://usmilitary. About. Com/od/joiningthemilitary/a/urinary. Htm ...Read more

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Could monostoic fibrous dysplasia keep you from joining the military?

Could monostoic fibrous dysplasia keep you from joining the military?

Depends: Depends on bone affected with fibrous dysplasia. The bone overgrows but is less strong than normal bone. Fibrous dysplasia involving hip and proximal femur would be easily fractured and require sometimes surgery for healing. Fibrous dysplasia involving finger, rib, or forearm bone would be less hazardous. ...Read more

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Hi docs, would a knee replacement keep me from joining the military?

Hi docs, would a knee replacement keep me from joining the military?

Yes: Best answered by a military md but from my experience the physical requirements required by military duty would preclude an applicant who had knee replacement surgery. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Can I join the military with a small vsd?

Can I join the military with a small vsd?

Most likely, no: Having a VSD is a disqualifier, however depending on the size of the opening, you may be able to get a waiver. Please contact a military recruiter for more info. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have a misdiagnosis on my medical record can I join the military?

I have a misdiagnosis on my medical record can I join the military?

Yes, but you're >40y: So that's going to be tricky. As long as you can get a documented persuasive evidence-based medical opinion that rebuts the misdiagnosis, the MEPS CMOs have the full authority to clear you for enlistment. Just make sure you bring the relevant documentation - both the misdiagnosis documentation, and the second opinion. I've done that for applicants. Others will be able to as well. Case-specific. ...Read more

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What is it and why do military people cannot join army because of it?

Not sure of question: I think you are asking about a condition and why people cannot join the military/army with it...What condition are you asking about? ...Read more

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Can I join the military if I'm transgender?

Can I join the military if I'm transgender?

Military Catch-Up: Openly transgender persons haven't been able 2enlist in military b/c Dept of Defense used 2 deem being trans* as disqualifying condition. It no longer does, but military has not caught up! The latest: http://thinkprogress. Org/lgbt/2014/12/01/3597846/transgender-military-technicality/ AND US Gov is now saying that NO workplace may discriminate on basis of gender identity or expression (Title VII ...Read more

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Why can't autistic people join the military?

Why can't autistic people join the military?

AGree w Dr. Fricke: "Current or history of other mental disorders (all 290–319 not listed above) that in the opinion of the civilian or military provider will interfere with, or prevent satisfactory performance of military duty, are disqualifying." See: http://usmilitary. About. Com/od/joiningthemilitary/a/neurotic. Htm ...Read more

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Can I join the military if I have migralepsy?

Unlikely: If you have not had an event in over a year off all medication you may be OK. If not, then no. ...Read more

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5'3 19yrs female 266lbs. I Want to join the military but I need to lose 120 lbs in the next 6 to 10 months. How often I should exercise a week?

5'3 19yrs female 266lbs. I Want to join the military but I need to lose 120 lbs in the next 6 to 10 months. How often I should exercise a week?

Exercise/Diet: 19 year old lady wants to lose 120 lbs over a 10 month period. Trying to lose weight too quickly is dangerous for your health. However, I can help you do this. You need to completely change your diet and exercise habits. No sugary beverages, alcohol, or high calorie drinks. Start with a healthy low carb breakfast, eat a sensible lunch, and make your dinner on a foreman grill using no oil/fat ...Read more

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Why aren't deaf people allowed to join the military?

Medical standards: Being unable to hear can be a matter of life and death in some environments. ...Read more

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Can having asthma keep me out of joining the marines?

Can having asthma keep me out of joining the marines?

It's age-dependent: You must provide documentation, preferably from your healthcare provider, testifying that you have not had asthma symptoms or been treated for asthma after your 13th birthday. Any medication or medical intervention for asthma after your 13th birthday will disqualify you. ...Read more

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Could you join the military if you have had a mastectomy?

Could you join the military if you have had a mastectomy?

If you had a: Mastectomy as the result of breast cancer - you will likely not qualify for induction/ enlistment / commissioning. See:
http://usmilitary. About. Com/od/joiningthemilitary
/a/intmedstandards. Htm. ...Read more

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If I've had a minor laparoscopy, can I still join the military?

If I've had a minor laparoscopy, can I still join the military?

Not enough info: Are you referring to abdominal laparoscopy or surgery on a joint? What was the underlying medical problem? What are the current limitations? Not enough info to be able to provide a definitive answer. ...Read more

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I have asthma and want to join the marines. Will that keep me from joining?

I have asthma and want to join the marines. Will that keep me from joining?

Possibly: The military has very strict criteria regarding pre existing conditions -- including asthma. If one is considering joining the military and has asthma then one should discuss this with the recruiter. ...Read more

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Do you think I could join any branch of the military with myotonic dystrophy?

Do you think I could join any branch of the military with myotonic dystrophy?

No, but thank you: For your interest to serve. That's a tough illness to live with, and you would be stressing your muscles out too much doing excercises even to pass Basic Training, regardless of MOS. If you want to serve, there are jobs in the civilian world with various branches of the government that would try to accommodate your illness if possible. The fed is very open to supporting employees w/ special needs. ...Read more

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How could HIV positive persons join the military?

How could HIV positive persons join the military?

It is disqualifying: "Presence of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) or serologic evidence of infection (042) is disqualifying. Positive Enzyme-Linked Immunoabsorbent Assay test (s) for HIV with ambiguous or inconclusive results on Western Blot testing is disqualifying." ...Read more

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Can anemia disqualify me from joining the military?

Can anemia disqualify me from joining the military?

Possibly: "Current hereditary or acquired anemia, which has not been corrected with therapy before appointment or induction, is disqualifying. For the purposes of this regulation, anemia is defined as hemoglobin of less than 13.5 for males and less than 12 for females.
The following ICD–9 codes are used for diagnosed anemia: hereditary hemolytic anemia (282), sickle cell disease (282.6), acquired hemolytic ...Read more

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Can someone who is color blind still join the military?

Can someone who is color blind still join the military?

Yes: Color deficiency is not tested during entrance physicals and color normality is not a criteria for most military duty. There are a few tasks in the military in which color recognition is required, so you would not be able to do those but that would be told to you after you join. ...Read more

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Can you join the us military with a coarctation of the aorta?

Can you join the us military with a coarctation of the aorta?

Aorta coarctation: I do not believe that the army will allow you to join ranks. Aortic coarctation is a condition that often requieres surgery at early age and patients need a very good blood pressure control often with medications. You might need to choose a different carreer. ...Read more

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Is it possible to join the military if I have type 2 diabetes?

Is it possible to join the military if I have type 2 diabetes?

No, you can not.: See: http://usmilitary. About. Com/od/joiningthemilitary/a/endocrine. Htm. "current or history of diabetes mellitus (250) is disqualifying." derived from department of defense (dod) directive 6130.3, "physical standards for appointment, enlistment, and induction, " and dod instruction 6130.4. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if monostoic fibrous dysplasia keeps you from joining the military?

It depends: It likely will depending on the location of the bone affected. Give us more details of the location and the degree of impairment, if any. ...Read more

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Regarding a self-harm incident & how it will affect my process of joining the military.

Regarding a self-harm incident & how it will affect my process of joining the military.

Possibly disqualify: If: 1. Neurotic, anxiety, mood, somatoform, dissociative, or factitious disorders resulted in admission to a hospital or residential facility. 2. History of attempted suicide or suicidal behavior. Source: US Army Standards of Medical Fitness. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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Can I join the military if I have had asthma past the age of 13 but it goes away by the time I apply?

Can I join the military if I have had asthma past the age of 13 but it goes away by the time I apply?

Disqualification: You can not as it is disqualification to join the Miltary if you had asthma past the age of 13 ...Read more

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Can I join the military if I have had asthma past the age of 13, but I don't have it at the time that I apply?

Can I join the military if I have had asthma past the age of 13, but I don't have it at the time that I apply?

Varies: Ask a recruiter. Toughest is applying to a service academy. I've found AF Academy worse than West Point and here in Annapolis. Not unusual someone with albuterol on record as a child comes to me for a PFT while applying. Normal PFT at application goes a long way. Interestingly toughest is applying to USCG (they are spread thin so if asthma attack they often must ask another service for help). ...Read more

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Diagnosed with ADHD when younger and wants to join the military. No need for medication in years and no longer shows signs. Any way to be diagnosed?

Diagnosed with ADHD when younger and wants to join the military. No need for medication in years and no longer shows signs. Any way to be diagnosed?

Updated eval: Wasn't sure if you meant being 'undiagnosed'. Recent updates from psychiatrists or psychologists should confirm the current health status and assist the person in enlisting in the military. ...Read more

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Is there any way to remove an attempted suicide from your medical records? I'm trying to join the military, and I'm getting held back because of a "fake" attempted suicide I did when I was a kid. I just wanted mothers attention. I don't want my future bas

Is there any way to remove an attempted suicide from your medical records? I'm trying to join the military, and I'm getting held back because of a "fake" attempted suicide I did when I was a kid. I just wanted mothers attention. I don't want my future bas

If: If you desire to enter the military, it is important that this information be provided when you have your meps physical examination. The examining doctor can than order a psychiatric evaluation by a specific psychiatrist who is familiar with military psychiatric entry requirements. That doctor may clear you, may recommend a waiver or may find you unsuitable or unfit. Although, on occassion, a recruiter might ask you to with-hold this information, to increase your likelihood of enlisting, you don't want to have enter the military with a fradulent enlistment. You could face legal consequences in the future if you enlist fradulently. It is best just to be honest and to advise the doctor who evaluates you of the circumstance of the suicidal behaviors. They will need you to sign an authorization for release of your civilian medical record regarding that faked suicide attempt. Although, I can't tell you what the outcome will be, the system is fair and it is important to be honest. ...Read more

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Can I join the military if I use to have ocular herpes?

Can I join the military if I use to have ocular herpes?

Although I did not: See this specific condition listed in the standards (http://usmilitary. About. Com/od/joiningthemilitary/a/eyes. Htm) - that does not mean that it is not disqualifying. Local MEPs station would have a better idea. ...Read more

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Can a small umbilical hernia affect my joining the military?

Can a small umbilical hernia affect my joining the military?

It shouldn't: Small umbilical hernias that cause no symptoms are quite common and can be watched without risk. If the military examiner feels the hernia should be repaired, it still should not interfere with your military service. ...Read more

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If i? Had ventricular septal defect? Can I still join the military?

If i? Had ventricular septal defect? Can I still join the military?

VSD and military: Contact the military physician office or local recruiter to find out this answer. ...Read more

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Docs, could a nevus spilus disqualify me from joining the military?

Docs, could a nevus spilus disqualify me from joining the military?

Not usually: This should not disqualify you. However do not ignore. Please continue regular follow up and examination. Consider biopsy for any changes. ...Read more

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Is it possible that having a knee injury affect joining the military?

Is it possible that having a knee injury affect joining the military?

Potentially: Has the injury resolved completely? Did you require significant surgery? Check this site for specifics: http://usmilitary. About. Com/od/joiningthemilitary/a/intmedstandards. Htm. ...Read more

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About joining the military or being a police officer. What jobs can get or not because of my history with mental illness?

About joining the military or being a police officer. What jobs can get or not because of my history with mental illness?

Not enough info.: It depends on the type & extent of mental health illness. Please check these standards to determine if your condition is disqualifying for military service: http://usmilitary. About. Com/od/joiningthemilitary/a/neurotic. Htm. Many police departments do independent psychological screening for applicants. ...Read more

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Will a bone cyst prevent me from joining the military?

Will a bone cyst prevent me from joining the military?

Please see:: Http://usmilitary. About. Com/od/joiningthemilitary/a/intmedstandards. Htm.

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