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    I am a 26 year old male who is very fit and currently employed by the dod as a contract closure specialist(gs7). I lost the tips of those 2 fingers about 2 and a half years ago in a factory accident. I have no troubles with grip or anything and can still do 20 + pull ups just fine. I am an avid mountain bike racer and I'm able to hold on to the bike fine. The injury does not hinder me in anything that I do. Is there anyway I can get a waiver to join the National Guard?

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    Re: missing tips of ring and middle finger on non dominant hand.

    Just how much of the tips of those fingers is missing? Whether it's your dominant hand really means nothing in this case. This is what is listed as disqualifiers:

    Hand and fingers.


    Current absence of the distal phalanx of either thumb (885) is disqualifying.

    Current absence of distal and middle phalanx of an index, middle, or ring finger of either hand, irrespective of the absence of the little finger (886), is disqualifying.

    Current absence of more than the distal phalanx of any two of the following fingers: index, middle finger, or ring finger of either hand (886) is disqualifying.

    Current absence of hand or any portion thereof (887) is disqualifying except for specific absences of fingers as noted above.

    Current polydactyly (755) is disqualifying.

    Scars and deformities of the fingers or hand (905.2) that are symptomatic or that impair normal function to such a degree as to interfere with the satisfactory performance of military duty are disqualifying.

    Current intrinsic paralysis or weakness of upper limbs, including nerve paralysis, carpal tunnel and cubital syndromes, lesion of ulnar and radial nerve (354) sufficient to produce physical findings in the hand, such as muscle atrophy and weakness is disqualifying.

    Current disease, injury, or congenital condition with residual weakness or symptoms such as to prevent satisfactory performance of duty, including, but not limited to chronic joint pain: shoulder (719.41), upper arm (719.42), forearm (719.43), and hand (719.44), late effect of fracture of the upper extremities (905.2), late effect of sprains without mention of injury (905.7), and late effects of tendon injury (905.8) are disqualifying.


    So basically if you're missing the two top bones in either of those fingers is the trigger. You should be ok based on your description, may not even need a waiver. You never know unless you try with MEPS though.

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