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


Hello John,

My son has now been medically disqualified by the AF and the Navy.  He has tree nut allergies (not peanut, almond, pecan) and has never needed medical attention for it.  Also, he waa taking meds for Adhd, but has been off meds for more than 3 years, never had an IEP for school and has held a job continuously since he got out of high school (2 years ago).    He also has taken college courses while working full time, with a 3.0 GPA.  He scored an 80 on the ASVAB, a 90 on the electronics portion.  We are at a loss as to why the Navy rejected him.  The army recruiters were dinging him to enlist with them and yes, they know about his medical history.  What do you think the is likelihood he could get a waiver with the Army?

Thanks much!

The chances are slim, it really boils down to what is the reason for the disqualification as stated on his medical record at MEPs.  If is is nut allergy with no epi pen use, it can get waived.  The ADHD after age 13 with medication is less likely to get waived and rarely does.

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I am a National Guard Recruiting NCOIC, been doing recruiting jobs for the military for over 12 years and am a subject matter expert on qualifications for National Guard and Army ( as we use the same regulation) and I keep up to date on other services regulations as well. In my job, I process questionable applicants and determine eligibility, I process waivers of all types and know the regulations inside and out. I will not sugar coat my answers to you. They are usually short and to the point. If you need more in depth, ask me. Because each situation is different, alot of times you need to actually talk to a recruiter and let them evaluate your situation in person, by looking at your documents, issues etc. If I suggest this, it would be in your best interest to do so. Finally...thank you for your interest in serving this great nation of ours. Very few people can actually make the cut to serve let alone choose to do so. So thank you for wanting to and hopefully you will get a chance. Whatever branch you choose, thank you and good luck.


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