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    I've been wanting to join up with the Guard for a very long time and only now has the opportunity become available. But I've also heard from some really good Army friends here that certain health conditions would prevent me from joining. I have hypothyroidism. I do take a daily med for it, I don't necessarily have to, it just keeps my hair from falling out. Would this condition disqualify me? Thanks!

  • #2
    Ummmmmnn.

    Well, no one will notice your lack of hair during Basic...

    (ok, I am assuming you are a male....):eek:

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    • #3
      Well, I looked up the disqualification standards, and it states that Hypothyroidism uncontrolled by medication is disqualifying. Not sure if that applies to you since you are taking meds for it, i'd ask a recruiter.

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

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      • #4
        [QUOTE=California Captain]Well, no one will notice your lack of hair during Basic...

        (ok, I am assuming you are a male....):eek:[/QUOTE]


        lol, I'm female.

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        • #5
          So could I ask for a medical waiver if this becomes an issue?

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          • #6
            Hypothyroidism, while on synthroid, is NOT disqualifying. I have it, take synthroid every day, and did every day at Basic and AIT this past summer. I took my own 6 month supply, and it was okayed by the medical staff at Ft. Jackson. You can get the medication there though. I had no issues at MEPs with it.

            ps - DON'T go off synthroid. Long term effects beyond the hair.
            Last edited by RLO; March 10th, 2009, 04:23 PM.

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            • #7
              [quote=kameo1010]lol, I'm female.[/quote]

              is that better than rogaine?

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              • #8
                Whoops

                [QUOTE=kameo1010]lol, I'm female.[/QUOTE]

                Ok, that wouldn't look too good...

                [IMG]http://media.kfbb.com/images/bald_woman_free.jpg[/IMG]

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                • #9
                  [QUOTE=California Captain]Ok, that wouldn't look too good...[/QUOTE]
                  i dunno, natalie portman was pretty hot in v for vendetta

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                  • #10
                    Lol! Ya'll are hilarious. Thanks.

                    I'm currently on Armour Thyroid supplement. I'm sure my dr would have no problem prescribing me a lengthy supply. And yes, I'm very aware of the long term effects. I was just getting conflicting info. One person said it would disqualify me because I was on meds. Someone else told me to shut my mouth and let meps do their own work up on me. And another army friend told me to disclose everything up front. I would hate for this condition to prevent me from doing something I've wanted for so long.

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                    • #11
                      [quote=Lance13D]i dunno, natalie portman was pretty hot in v for vendetta[/quote]

                      And Sigourney Weaver in Alien3, Demi Moore in GI Jane and Persis Khambatta in Star Trek: The Movie back in 1979. :D

                      [URL="http://www.imdb.com/media/rm744921088/nm0001422"]http://www.imdb.com/media/rm744921088/nm0001422[/URL]

                      [URL="http://www.imdb.com/media/rm728143872/nm0001422"]http://www.imdb.com/media/rm728143872/nm0001422[/URL]

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                      • #12
                        [QUOTE=kameo1010] And another army friend told me to disclose everything up front.[/QUOTE]

                        I have done a ton of research on this online, and I would listen to this friend :)

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