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  • Behavioral Meds and Joining the Guard

    Recently I've made up my mind to join the Army National Guard but I've run into a problem, I am 26 and recently stopped taking medication for OCD having been diagnosed at age 15. I have taken the meds on and off since and I can function fine without them. However, the recruiter in my district tells me I have to be off the meds for a full year and get a special medical waiver in order to join for any history of taking behavioral medication. That would mean I couldn't join until February 2013 and by then I suspect that the end of troop deployments to Afghanistan along with being 27-years-old will be enough for them to reject me for military service. I have always wanted to join but various circumstances have kept me from doing so, so this would be a real let-down.

    Does anyone out there know if my recruiter is wrong or if there is a way around the full year waiting period? Getting a doctor to clear me is no problem as I found the doctor at Yale University who once prescribed medication to me and he feels I could function well in the military. I also have a college degree, I'm in good shape and no history of drug abuse or any arrests. I would also volunteer for any available specialist training.

    Any help you guys could offer would be greatly appreciated.

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    Re: Behavioral Meds and Joining the Guard

    You must wait the year and then request the waiver. You won't be too old, you can enlist up to age 35.

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    • #3
      Re: Behavioral Meds and Joining the Guard

      Originally posted by RSP NCO View Post
      You must wait the year and then request the waiver. You won't be too old, you can enlist up to age 35.
      I'm not concerned that I will be too old to be eligible, but that the Guard will be well manned and I'll be passed over for younger applicants with a cleaner medical history.

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      • #4
        Re: Behavioral Meds and Joining the Guard

        That may happen, but none of that is within your control.

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          Re: Behavioral Meds and Joining the Guard

          i have the same question.. Ive had cancer when i was 13. but now 25, i am currently taking high blood pressure meds and meds for inactive tuberculosis(doctor said its not contagious). so im guessing my chance of getting accepted is very slim? that must mean that i have to be off the med for a year and all the medical issues resolved in order to join. this *****... im paying the ultimate price for being a procrastinator.

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