Careers: Military--Army, Navy, Airforce, Marines, Coast Guard/Coast Guard Anemia

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I am interested in joining the Coast Guard but I have slight anemia which is treated by taking an iron supplement. Will this prevent me from enlisting? Thanks.

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Jennifer,

Potentially it might.  The only way to be 100% certain is to contact a recruiting office and start the process.  Based on the results of your medical testing you may be fine, require a waiver or be precluded from military service.

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LCDR J.M. Fiorentine

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Active Duty Coast Guard Lieutenant Commander. My specialties are opertations afloat and operations ashore; three afloat tours and three ashore tour under my belt including command afloat and navy exchange. My staff assignments have been with Officer Personnel Management as a Career Counselor, White House Military Office as a Social Aide, and at the Office of Law Enforcement within CG Headquarters as a program analyst. I can answer questions related to the Coast Guard, the assignment process, officer specialties, OCONUS duty, afloat and ashore operations. I can also answer questions related to the White House Social Aide Program.

Experience

WMEC Deck Watch Officer Portsmouth VA; DD Combat Info Center Officer Yokosuka Japan (Navy Exchange); WPB Commanding Officer San Juan PR; Enforcement Div Sector San Juan PR; Career Counselor (OPM-4); Law Enforcement Program Analyst (CG-MLE); Command Center Chief Sector San Juan PR

Organizations
USCGA Alumni Association, OutServe, Society of White House Military Aides.

Education/Credentials
B.S. in Government from the US Coast Guard Academy; M.S.A in Leadership from Central Michigan University

Awards and Honors
CG Commendation Medal, USN Achievement Medal, CG Achievement Medal, CG Commandant Letter of Commendation

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