I've had my eyes set on being in the military ever since I was 13, but I've had mild asthma attack after 13. I know that asthma after 13 is a dq in most cases.
My question is this: What can I do to boost my chances of being allowed to serve when I've had even one asthma attack after 13? Is there a way I can get an asthma waiver by doing anything? If I pass the pulmonary test (or whatever it is called) and I am in great physical shape? It's not like I'm a dummy either, I got a 94% on my ASVAB, and I'd love to serve the military. My endurance is even good as I ran a mile in under 5 minutes, 20 seconds as a junior in high school. (I'm 18 and out of school now)
Anyone know how I can enlist in the military with an asthma waiver even if I had it after 13? If you're going to say "Asthma after 13 is a PDQ" then please don't respond, as I have read that many times.
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Sorry I can't be more of a help, but I have known people with asthma get waivers and enter. I can't testify as to what they had to do, however. Medical waivers are all individually based anyway, so the only way to find out is to get as much information and documentation as you can from a doctor, and convince a recruiter that you really want to try to get in. then bring all the information to MEPS
I had migraines in 9th grade (a pdq), and found out they were controllable with diet changes (for me, starting the day off with an orange is a bad idea). I had lots of documentation from my doctor, went to MEPS and got the migraines waived.
as far as med waivers go, almost anything is possible the only way to find out is to try.
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If you have a pulmonary function test (PFT) and the results are normal, your chances for a waiver improve, but are not guaranteed. If there is any indication of restrictive airway disease (asthma), the MEPS doc will be far less likely to recommend a waiver.
If your history since age 13 is a single attack, and you do not take any medications (including having an inhaler on stand-by), you may be recommended for a waiver, but it's up to the examining physician.
You can present your medical documentation to your recruiter and ask for a medical pre-screen. This means your paperwork is sent, in advance, to MEPS to see if you can even begin the medical processing.
Alright, thank you both for responding. I'll report on my success or lack thereof.
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