We're in a bit of a conundrum. From what we've read it is virtually impossible to get into the Guard if you've ever been diagnosed with PTSD. However, my husband who was diagnosed with PTSD by the VA after he left AD, is a very accomplished clinician working solely with combat veterans, teaches grad school, has two masters degrees, and gives continuing education courses to psychologists and social workers about servicing veterans. He misses being an officer in the Army and would like to join the guard. He's got his physical scheduled in a few weeks. Is it even worth the hassle of disclosing his prior diagnosis if there is absolutely no way around it? I heard they aren't granting any mental health waivers for officers at any level. He thinks because of his education and experience and because it is AMEDD he's got a shot. I've dug up as many military documents/regulations as I can find and read a few discussion boards, but very few refer to officers or AMEDD. He's exceedingly successful on the civilian side, but he's also a highly decorated soldier and I think his heart is still there. If there is no chance, we really need to re-evaluate if this is all worth it. However, if for some reason, they would actually consider a waiver on a case by case basis, then maybe we should continue forward. Any thoughts or suggestions? Working with combat veterans is what he does for a living - along with teaching others how to effectively help them. The ARNG would be fortunate to have him, but rules are rules. I think we're just trying to figure out exactly what the rules are!
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