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Medical Conditions Normally Not Waiverable

Medical Issues Not Normally Waivered

Many people who are considering the United States Navy as an option wonder if there may be some mental or physical condition from their past which may preclude them from serving. This post is the first of a two part series which will talk about medical conditions and possibly answer your “would I make it with” questions. Today I will list the medical issues/conditions which will not be considered for a waiver.

For those issues with time conditions they are listed as such – like a severe head injury has a five year waiting period, the waiting period is in place to reduce the possibility there were no long term effects from the injury. Conditions that become aggravated while serving on active duty could in the long run be considered “service connected” which in turn could lead to future disability benefits. By restricting some known medical issues, such as the ones listed below, will ultimately save the taxpayer’s money.

Generally the Navy will not waive the following conditions (conditions listed in COMNAVCRUITCOMINST 1130.8J);

A note to everyone: The advice and prognostications I deliver in the comments and via email are based on my experiences, and only take into account the information you provide. I do not have the benefit of the “whole person.” So, please see a Recruiter, no matter what, and have your documentation sent to MEPS for a definitive review. I am not answering for the Navy!


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  1. Ashley says:

    Hi,
    I was diagnosed with seborrheic dermatitis. Will this disqualify me for the Navy?
    Thanks!

  2. navydoc says:

    Ashley,
    Seborrheic derm is only DQ if it is extensive ane likely to cause a problem with training or wearing of military gear.

  3. Jesus M says:

    Hey Navy doc I want to commision in the Navyand had a question regarding prediabetes. I used to be obese until two years ago when i decided I wanted to join the military. I have lost over 70 pounds and am now within height/weight range. However years ago i was diagnosed with prediabetes and prehypertension due to being overweight. However those issues have gone away with my weight loss. I read that any kind of diabetes was pdq but seeing that im now healthy would they grant me a waiver? My blood sugar and BP was 96 and 132/74 if that helps. Thanks for your time!

  4. Ashley says:

    Navy Doc,
    It was only a mild case of dandruff. Thanks for the information!!

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