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Military Medical Standards for Enlistment, Appointment, or Induction

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Updated June 10, 2009

These pages list medical conditions which are disqualifying for entry into the United States Armed Forces. The information is derived from Army Regulation 40-501, Chapter 2. Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) Regulation 40-1, paragraph 5-1b(1) directs the use of Army Regulation 40-501, Chapter 2 for medical qualifications for all branches of the Armed Forces (including the Coast Guard). The information in Army Regulation 40-501, is derived directly from Department of Defense (DOD) Directive 6130.3, Physical Standards for Appointment,Enlistment, and Induction, and DOD Instruction 6130.4,Criteria and Procedure Requirements for Physical Standards for Appointment, Enlistment, or Induction in the Armed Forces.

The purpose of DOD medical standards is to ensure that medically qualified personnel, accepted into the armed forces of the United States are:

    (1) Free of contagious diseases that would likely endanger the health of other personnel.

    (2) Free of medical conditions or physical defects that would require excessive time lost from duty for necessary treatment or hospitalization or would likely result in separation from the Army for medical unfitness.

    (3) Medically capable of satisfactorily completing required training.

    (4) Medically adaptable to the military environment without the necessity of geographical area limitations.

    (5) Medically capable of performing duties without aggravation of existing physical defects or medical conditions.

Disqualifying Medical Conditions

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