I need seriously straight forward answers ONLY please. Ok so back when I was 12 I was put into a psychiatric hospital cause my doctor said I was depressed and was a danger to myself. I guess I showed signs of suicidal thoughts cause I got mad and said I wanted to kill myself. I NEVER attempted it however. I was then hospitalized again at the age of 17 because me and my dad (who abused me consistently and was the reason why I had so many problems) he went after me and I was so afraid he was going to hurt me I pulled a knife on him. The cops where called by the neighbors cause I was screaming cause I was afraid he was going to hurt me. My dad said I tried to kill him but I was only trying to defend myself..he has a history of anger problems and he had me almost pinned up against a wall and I was so afraid, probably didn't help my case that I was a bit rude to the police, so I get 5150'd. I was never diagnosed with anything except depression as a teenager. I think alot of it had to do with hormones and the fact my dad was abusive. I currently take Zoloft and Ritalin (Prescribed to me because I was having trouble in college), other than that I feel great and never had anymore problems since my father was kicked out by my mother. Personally all the stuff that happened, it happened when I was on or near on my period. I think it could have been PMDD, but I don't know if that will disqualify you from the military? Anyways I will get a medical opinion about it. Anyways I changed my life around from my hard childhood, I'm now a fire explorer with my cities fire department, I just finished my EMT course and am a certified EMT-B, and I really want to go into the military to further my education and serve my country and become a military firefighter. If my doctor clears me and says I am good off my meds can the military get me a wavier for my past experiences? I mean come on..who hasn't done stupid stuff as a teenager?!? We learn from our mistakes, it helped me become a better person. I just want to serve my community and help others. Its my passion in life. I just want to know if I have a chance, I am still going to talk with a recruiter and see their opinion. I'm pretty sure theres lots of people in the military who had 5150's (or something similar)
PDQ no waivers authorized.
a civilian doctor has NO say or pull in the matter.. only MEPS does.
There can be no freedom without sacrifice
Then how is it that my friend joined then huh? Explain that to me. He was hospitalized as well as a minor.
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Show me his DD Forms 2807-1/2807-2/2808 from when he enlisted and I bet there isn't a single mention of a history of suicidal ideation on it.
In addition to that, you said you were diagnosed with depression AND you take Zoloft and Ritalin.
"Provide the Strength"
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Sorry to hear about what happened. But I need to make some points though.
"What you feel" and what the doctor will determine will be two different things. just continue with life and take whatever was prescribed (unless it is making things worse, then see the Dr. immediately and the proper course of action will be determined).
You need to be off meds for one year (with the Dr.'s approval) before you can start the application process. You will need a waiver (which are hardly approved these days).
There are other ways to serve your country and "further your education." The military is not the end-all-be-all for that.
Even if you have a waivable issue does NOT mean it will be waived. Waivers can be based on the needs of the military.
Right now, the military is getting all the applicants they need (and then some) who DO NOT have issues and in effect require waivers. All five military branches are more selective these days than ever before.
Sure, I've done stupid things as a 'teen like cut class, be mean to some folks, etc. But not all have had to be hospitalized (whether by there own doing or otherwise).
So your point is moot.
Very true. That's how it should be for each time we slip up. But unfortunately, some mistakes don't have second chances.
Again, the military is not the only way.
Depends on what his condition was and the number of waivers were approved at the time. How long ago was this?
"If you focus on results, you will NOT get change. If you focus on change, you WILL get results."
like was already posted, he probably commited fraud. and second NEVEWR under ANY circumstances assumeyou will get a waiver just becuase someone else did for the same thing.
There can be no freedom without sacrifice
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....Taking Out The Neuro Trash
+1. As mentioned history of suicide and major depression are permanent medical disqualifies for all branches. Zero chance of waiver. You need to look at other options.
I promise your friend lied- there is no other way he'd have been able to join.
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