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Join the Army with Asthma

When someone enlists in the military, regardless of branch, health care past is part of your enlistment procedure. Along with supplying a thorough healthcare historical past, the recruit ought to also undergo a thorough healthcare examination by a doctor at MEPS (Military Entrance Processing Station).

You will discover several conditions that will disqualify another person from Army service. In the past, it was almost impossible to serve inside the Army if there had been a previous analysis of asthma. While recent asthma situations are normally not authorized, there has already been a lot more leniency granted in direction of those that suffered from asthma previously but are now not afflicted by the issue.

As of 2004, if the recruit has not had any asthma symptoms or been handled for asthma past his 13th birthday, he is commonly deemed to not have asthma by Army recruitment standards. He’ll be allowed to enlist via an enlistment procedure that is precisely the same as it is for someone who has never had asthma.

If he has experienced asthma signs or symptoms or been handled for asthma later than his 13th birthday, he may nevertheless be allowed to join but a medical waiver is going to be needed. Whether or not the waiver is granted is based on components including the severity of his asthma, when the last therapy or symptoms occurred and his standard prognosis together with the condition. The results of a pulmonary test or PFT may possibly also be employed in making the choice about a waiver. Any demanded screening will likely be supplied at no expense to the recruit.

In the event of a healthcare waiver, preceding medical records are going to be requested. They may request medical data at any time as a way to show that asthma has not been a problem since his 13th birthday. For this reason, it is imperative that the recruit is honest throughout the process about his medical historical past. Lying or otherwise misrepresenting his health care background can have serious outcomes when it is learned.

About the author: Stacey is an Army wife of a soldier who joined in 2003. He has since been medically retired but she continues to provide information to Army wives and families to make their adjustment to the Army lifestyle easier. Connect with Stacey: Facebook Twitter Pinterest

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  • julie January 26, 2011, 5:19 pm

    my son just enlisted in the army,he is at fort sill oklahoma,i was concerned about his asthma but the recruiter told him not to mention it and didn’t get his medical records, i am so worried about him going in the gas chamber and trying to keep up he is very proud and would not want to admit defeat. as for me i cry all the time maybe i should get some nerve pills i am having anxiety bad bad bad. i just don’t know how to handle this.

    • Stacey January 26, 2011, 8:24 pm

      He really needs to tell them. If they find it in his medical records later, it could have consequences for him. Join us on ArmyWifeChat.com. We have several moms there too.

      • pam March 4, 2011, 7:28 pm

        I am a mom in the same situation. My kid’s recruiter told him to deny asthma because it would be an automatic discharge. I told my son if someone starts out a relationship with you saying it is ok to lie; they are also saying it is ok for them to lie to you. It sounds like our situations may be more common than expected. If young, impressionable kids follow a recruiter’s advice who represent themselves as the face of the military, they should bear part of the blame if the kids follow their advice and get into trouble. I kept telling my twenty year old not to do it but he kept saying Sgt. Blah Blah says its done all the time and they will give me an inhaler if they decide I need it.

        The first time my son went to the recruiter I went with him ask all the questions and told him about his asthma. He told me he would not be allowed to recruit him. Then I found out a few weeks later he had talk to my son again and allowed him to join anyway.

      • Soldier Boy May 13, 2011, 3:53 pm

        He shouldn’t say anything if it ever is a problem he should play it off as a new problem.

  • Patricia March 29, 2017, 12:45 am


    I’m currently a senior in high school, and plan on graduating in late May. Recently I’ve been talking to a recruiter about joining the Army, but my asthma seems to be the part that scares me the most. Pretty much my asthma history has been when I lived in Arizona, I got asthma attacks every year. Until the age of 9. My dad did too, and he told me it was because of the Juniper trees. Once we moved out to New Mexico (where I currently live), my asthma symptoms disappeared, and I have never needed my inhaler since. My sophomore year (Age 15), out of the blue I started getting all of these health problems. I started getting random hives, and in the middle of my school year, my asthma returned for a week, and I got an asthma attack. My dad says it was because I went up to the attic of my school and messed around with old uniforms and got in contact with mold and dust, so that’s what triggered it then. Ever since that week, I’ve never had to use the inhaler or any medication for asthma. I’m 17 now, and I bike to work every day. My electives force me to be fairly active, and I have never had to use any medication to assist in breathing. I feel like if I ran a mile or two, I would definitely not need an inhaler. The reason I bring this up is because I know I shouldn’t lie about my asthma, but I’m very positive I don’t have it anymore. My dad (who was a Ranger before, and was in the Army for 4 years) said my asthma shouldn’t be a problem. I’m scared if the Doctors will ask me if I HAD asthma, because that for a fact is a yes. I guess my question is, what is suggested I say? I really really want to join the Army, I really do. And I don’t want my asthma to stop me. But I don’t want to lie if they ask that question. I believe I don’t have Asthma now, but I used to. Please help me, I know this whole paragraph could be confusing, but my recruiters and dad said that pretty much if I don’t have it now, don’t bring it up. I’m afraid of the questions that will be asked. If I go to a doctor, and ask them to diagnose me, and they say I officially do not have asthma, will that be enough for me to go?

    Thank you so much in advance, this has been the only website that I have found to be useful and give me a lot of information!

  • Nana August 27, 2017, 6:56 pm

    Patricia, don’t make a mistake and allow any one to keep you from stating you have asthma, or to not mention it, your asthma is domain, meaning it’s in a silent mode, but once something triggers it it will be bad, remember you might be sent out in the Desert or extreme heat, I’ve had asthma since I was 10 yrs old and tho at times I don’t have a problem it only takes the heat, or being around a dog that would flare up my asthma, no one really cares about your asthma other then your parents and hopefully yourself, no one in the military will neither they will just want you to sign up then what ever happens, happens, some people claim that they don’t have asthma any more just like you but asthma is a condition and will flare up when you least expect it. A thought that could cause you a serious problem you should keep in mind. You can always become a nurse, the best to you.

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