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  • Does ADHD Disqualify?

    I was diagnosed with ADHD when I was younger (middle school) & was on medication for a short while recently while in school (college) , can I still join the reserves? The ADHD is not really a problem, I just need to study a little harder than normal to make straight A's in class (which I've done without medication) I dont have any other medical problems....can i join??

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    [QUOTE=petal]I was diagnosed with ADHD when I was younger (middle school) & was on medication for a short while recently while in school (college) , can I still join the reserves? The ADHD is not really a problem, I just need to study a little harder than normal to make straight A's in class (which I've done without medication) I dont have any other medical problems....can i join??[/QUOTE]

    ADD/ADHD

    Under the old standards, any history of ADD or ADHD was disqualifying. While waivers were sometimes possible, they were among the hardest categories of waivers to get approved. Under the new standards, ADD/ADHD is disqualifying only if the applicant has been treated with ADD/ADHD medication within the previous year and/or they display signs of ADD/ADHD. For applicants with a previous history of ADD/ADHD who have been off medication for more than one year, and they do no demonstrate significant impulsivity or inattention during MEPS processing, the MEPS examining official may find them qualified for military service without submission of a waiver.

    Records review is still required. Any history of being evaluated or treated for ADD/ADHD must be documented. As a minimum, all treatment (if any) within the previous three years must be submitted to MEPS, in advance, as part of the medical pre-screening. Full medical records are required if the applicant was ever treated for ADD or ADHD with any medication other than Ritalin, Adderal, or Dexedrine, or if there were any additional psychiatric symptoms, such as, but not limited to, depression.

    MEPS may require school transcripts to demonstrate acceptable academic performance for the year without medication. If treatment for ADD/ADHD occurred throughout the school environment, but wasn’t stopped until after the applicant left school, there is still the possibility of waiver consideration.

    [url]http://usmilitary.about.com/od/joiningthemilitary/a/asthma.htm[/url]

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