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Readers Respond: Should Asthma and ADD/ADHD be a disqualifier?

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The Department of Defense has softened their medical qualification standards for cases of childhood asthma, and history of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Have you recieved a waiver for asthma or ADD/ADHD? Do you know someone who has? Do you think these requirements are fair? Give Your Opinion

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I have both (ADHD and asthma) I think ADHD would be a great thing in the military, with so much energy! However, serious asthma could harm not only you but the whole squad. Maybe there should be much more detailed medical examinations?
—Guest Baby Unicorn

asthma holding me back

I was a cadet captian in my highschool usmc rotc program and graduated with honors and i come from a true military family only me and my dad didn't serve from the colonial army to bellowwood, infanty artillery ranger marine medic glider airborne usmc & army recruiters bolth a no go my last pft i passed with asthma , three broken ribs , and plueisy still passed all basic requirements but slight asthma is a deal breaker sad right
—Guest timber

drugs and functioning

I am active duty Army and have a diagnosis of ADHD. I am medicated, but at a very low level. A recent discussion with my supervisor about my performance has led me to believe that I need to go back on a full coverage. I mentioned it to them and they were all like "so, you cannot function without your drugs" to which I replied, "so , you need xyz to function (xyz being blood pressure and such)"
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ADHD

You can join, you need to meet with your doctors, get waivers!
—Guest Crikit

asthmatic

my dad is a soldier and i really want 2 become one.not jst a soldier but an army officer...i have asthma and it will take 5yrs 2 compete an officer training im i going 2 make it
—Guest jim

asthma add adhd

you can join national gaurd as long as your not on meds
—Guest drew

Time for change

I have asthma and allergies on a good day I can run miles. I want to join the air force and I will. I don't care if they tell me I can't im going to try and change things because this is discrimination. Just because of something genetic that's not our fault doesn't mean we shouldn't have a chance or be allowed to join. We have to fight for what we want. Not only am I a girl with asthma I want to go into infantry I'm gonna do it join and either fly or join infantry. Let's challenge the rules an win I don't like Obama but it is time for a change in the military.
—Guest Dani

Why?

I am a 20 years old and had asthma as an infant but have never had an asthma attack never used my inhalers but I am being told that I can't join the only thing I want to do in my life and that is to join the air force with my MD in anistesiology. Thats sad...... :(
—Guest Asthma

reality

iv had asthma my entire life and have always dreamed of fighting for my country and being in the fight destroying all who come my way ... but i cant because im asthmatic and i cant run and if i cant run i cant join its not about what we want its about the risk the army takes by having a asthmatic man or women on the team every body counts and if you cant run you cant keep up and slow you down the team its a battlefield you eventually go to and if you so happen to to catch a asthma attack and your squad gets attacked instead of you hand on your gun its on your pump and now you and your team is at risk and like i said every body counts... so yes i still dream about joining but sending a squad home in boxes is not something i enjoy dreaming about
—Guest mathew

Unfair

Im 19 years old, I have Asthma & yes I do still suffer. However I know for a fact that there are ALL KINDS of things I am MORE THAN CAPABLE of doing in. The United States armed forces. If you want to serve your country you should be allowed and it breaks my heart that the Army will not make special accommodations for people to join and do certain jobs with Asthma.
—Guest Chris

No

I am a DOD pre-school teacher. Almost every children in my class are military children, almost all are in the exceptional family category for 3 asthma, food allergies, seizure, autism, behavioral problems that may be diagnose later in life as ADHD, depression, or bipolar. These are servicemembers children! Hence, their medical problems likely stemmed from their servicemember parents who avoided being disqualified to be in the military!
—Guest Em

NO - ADHD unfair disqualification

My son was misdiagnosed with ADHD and Tourettes. I was a single mom - so medicated him for a while. After going off ALL medication, and having a The Head of Neurology at UTMB say "mis-diagnosed" - the Army still disqualified him after an appeal, as did the Marines. This is because he answered the recruiter and military doctors honestly. I have SEVERAL co-workers that said their recruiters told their children to 'not disclose" - their children are "proudly serving" in the armed forces.. while my son, and many like him... are deemed unfit. Does this mean you have to lie to "qualify" for the military? Just saying
—Guest Sara

Asthma

i believe asthma should be looked into deeper because i understand if someone have a severe case of asthma but everyone should at least be given a chance maybe a pt or something to prove themselves. i want to be a U.S. marine and i got disqualified because of childhood asthma i no longer suffer from asthma and been free of it since the early age of 10 if not earlier. i believe i can make it if i was given the chance. i want to make honor grad and i believe i can do it i just want the chance to prove it
—Guest USMC

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