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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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Military Catch-Up: Openly transgender persons havent 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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Medical standards: Being unable to hear can be a matter of life and death in some environments. ...Read more
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What happens if I were to be medication free and symptom free for a certain period of time would I have a chance to join the military?
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?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Possibly: See: http://usmilitary.About.Com/od/joiningthemilitary/a/abdominal.Htm.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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
I am big-boned, 6'0, no big belly, i weigh 347 pounds, but I am completely healthy, is there a way to prove to the us military that I am able to join?
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