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Posted: 7/22/2008 1:19:07 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/22/2008 1:19:36 PM EDT by themadlbb]
I am curious about joining the military. It has never been anything I have ever thought of but I have recently been considering it. However, I have some physical problems and I was wondering If i did decide to join whether or not these would kep me out. Here they are, could some informed person let me know if they would hold me back from joining?

I am somewhat overweight. This is easily correctable for me.

I have a lazy right eye that I have extremely blurry vision in. When both eyes are open I see great, but if i were to only have my right eye i might be considered legally blind.

I have mild asthma. If I dont take medication, it can flare up if i perform heavy physical activity.

I have slight scoliosis of the back.

Someone please let me know what my odds are of military service. If it helps, I am an Eagle Scout and have a 3.80 GPA.

Link Posted: 7/22/2008 1:34:37 PM EDT
Maybe the Army might be desperate enough to take you but I don't think any of the other branchs would. I know the Marine Corp would not.

Link Posted: 7/22/2008 1:36:27 PM EDT

Originally Posted By themadlbb:
I am curious about joining the military. It has never been anything I have ever thought of but I have recently been considering it. However, I have some physical problems and I was wondering If i did decide to join whether or not these would kep me out. Here they are, could some informed person let me know if they would hold me back from joining?

I am somewhat overweight. This is easily correctable for me.

I have a lazy right eye that I have extremely blurry vision in. When both eyes are open I see great, but if i were to only have my right eye i might be considered legally blind.

I have mild asthma. If I dont take medication, it can flare up if i perform heavy physical activity.

I have slight scoliosis of the back.

Someone please let me know what my odds are of military service. If it helps, I am an Eagle Scout and have a 3.80 GPA.





Although your desire to serve is admirable, and maybe 2 of the conditions you state could be waivered/fixed, I'd say you would be a no go for recruitment into the military.

You could go to the recruiter and make sure, but it would be a waste of time.

That being said, there are other avenues for service. Are you HS or college?
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 1:45:00 PM EDT
The athsma and the eye trouble are going to block you from military service.
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 1:48:01 PM EDT

I am somewhat overweight. This is easily correctable for me.
There is a weigh in at MEPS, not sure on standards today but I'd work on it anyway.

I have a lazy right eye that I have extremely blurry vision in. When both eyes are open I see great, but if i were to only have my right eye i might be considered legally blind.
Do you shoot left handed? They will send you to an eye doctor for an exam. Depending on the results, you may get a waiver. My vision is horrible and I got one.

I have mild asthma. If I dont take medication, it can flare up if i perform heavy physical activity.
This may be the biggest obstacle. If you can't get by without meds, you can't hide it. We had a guy in basic who made through processing but had to go home after a week because he just couldn't take it.

I have slight scoliosis of the back.
The % of curve limit last I heard is 14%. If it isn't severe enough to cause you pain while humping a 50-100lb ruck(depending on MOS), then I wouldn't bring it up. You have to weigh the risk of injury. If they notice it, they notice it. You could get a waiver if it isn't that bad. Scoliosis will disqualify you from Airborne school.

The best advice I can give is to get in shape BEFORE you even start the process. This will help you immensely as basic training is not a personal training program. I had trouble with runs at the beginning and wished I had been better prepared. Check the APFT standards for you age group and try to meet them before you go. If you do that, you'll be a PT stud coming out of basic.
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 1:48:29 PM EDT
Yup, you are out. Look into the Foreign Service if you have college.
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 11:10:48 PM EDT
lol, the responses i am getting are pretty much what i thought they would be. i was more curious than anything, but now im not even going to waste my time.
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 11:20:23 PM EDT

Originally Posted By themadlbb:
lol, the responses i am getting are pretty much what i thought they would be. i was more curious than anything, but now im not even going to waste my time.


Thanks for taking the first step... even if it didn't work out.
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