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Medical Conditions Normally Not Waiverable

Medical Issues Not Normally Waivered

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Published: August 13, 2008
Updated: November 17, 2022

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.

Before posting a question, please take the time to read through the comments because you may already had your specific question answered via someone else’s question.

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

  • Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) or AIDS Related Complex (ARC), or history of either.
  • Presence of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or laboratory evidence of infection or false-positive screening test(s) with ambiguous results by supplemental confirmation test(s) is not, in itself, disqualifying with respect to covered personnel (including Military Service Academy cadets and midshipmen, contracted SROTC cadets and midshipmen, and other participants in in-service commissioning programs) seeking to commission while a Service member. Such covered personnel will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
    • Covered Personnel are: Individuals who have been identified as HIV positive, are asymptomatic, and who have a clinically confirmed undetectable viral load.
  • Single kidney – regardless of cause.
  • Loss of an arm or leg.
  • Seizure disorder with seizure and/or medication within five years.
  • History of Cancer with treatment within five years (except basal cell carcinoma).
  • Diabetes Mellitus Type I or Type II.
  • Loss of one eye.
  • History of Cataract surgery.
  • History of any Keratoconus (protrusion of the cornea).
  • History of Glaucoma.
  • History of Aphakia (lens replacement of the eye).
  • Severe Allergic reaction (Anaphylaxis) to insects or food.
  • Cirrhosis.
  • Corneal transplant history.
  • Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis (Intestinal ulcers).
  • Severe deformities of the mouth, throat, or nose that interfere with speech or mastication of ordinary food.
  • Severe Scoliosis (spine curvature greater than 30 degrees) or Kyphosis and Lordosis (greater than 50 degrees) when measured by the Cobb Method.
  • History of eating disorders: Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia.
  • Headaches, recurrent, severe, which require prescription medication or interfere with daily activity.
  • Hepatitis, chronic: Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C carrier.
  • Malignant Hyperthermia/Hyperpyrexia (adverse reaction to anesthesia).
  • Multiple Sclerosis (nerve disease involving muscle weakness and uncoordination) and Muscular Dystrophy (progressive atrophy/wasting of the muscles).
  • Severe orthopedic injuries that result in functional limitations secondary to residual muscle weakness, paralysis, or marked decreased range of motion.
  • Otitis Media (middle ear infection/inflammation), chronic or currently active.
  • Pes Cavus (abnormally high arches of the feet with increased extension of the toes), severe, symptomatic (other than routine orthotic use).
  • Pneumonectomy, removal of entire lung.
  • Pregnancy (except for prior service processing for affiliation).
  • Prosthetic replacement of joints.
  • Psychiatric Conditions: Schizophrenia; Major Depression, recurrent; Bipolar Disorder; Panic disorders; Sexual disorders; and Personality disorders, severe.
  • History of Retinal disease or detachment.
  • Chronic skin disorders. Atopic dermatitis, Eczema, Psoriasis.
  • Spinal Fusion, greater than two vertebral spaces, congenital or surgical involving any number of vertebrae, by any method.
  • Current drug and/or alcohol abuse or diagnosed substance dependence.
  • History of Neurofibromatosis.
  • Congenital (birth) heart defects that have not been repaired.
  • History of intestinal bypass or stomach stapling.
  • Severe head injury within the past five years.
  • Anabolic Steroid Use within the previous two months is not enlistment eligible.
  • Hearing above the following thresholds: Pure tone at 500, 1000, and 2000 cycles per second for each ear of more than 25 decibels (dB) on the average with any individual level greater than 30 dB at those frequencies. Pure tone level more than 35 dB at 3000 cycles per second or 45 dB at 4000 cycles per second for each ear.

If you have hypothyroidism that is controlled by medication, and you have two normal thyroid stimulating hormone tests within the preceding 6 months, you do not require a waiver for the condition because it is NOT disqualifying. You will be able to continue your medication for the condition during boot-camp.

A note to everyone: NavyDoc is a Chief Medical Officer for a major Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS), and only takes into account the information you provide, so please be as thorough as you can with the history and description of your issue.

7,575 thoughts on “Medical Issues Not Normally Waivered”

  1. Navydoc says:

    History of DVT/PE is unlikely to be waived. History of shortness of breath with inhaler use/prescriptions due to GERD is unlikely to be waived.

  2. Navydoc says:

    It may be waiverable, depending on how long ago, how well the result was, and his current level of function. Submit
    Records for review.

  3. Navydoc says:

    Matt come,
    Sarcoidosis is unlikely to be waived.

  4. Navydoc says:

    Multilevel disc disease is unlikely to be waived if you have a Recent history of back pain.

  5. Navydoc says:

    Cynthia and berg,
    Waivers are dependent on the needs of the service.

  6. Ryan says:


    Thanks for the response.

    Is there a better chance for a waiver if I was pain free for over a year? This really only arises when I came in to chiropractor for some neck pain from sitting too long and then it spiraled into finding I have mild scholiosis (like Cobb angle less than 10 degrees) and then finding that I have some disc desiccation from an MRI which I think is what prompted the impression of DDD. Otherwise I have no pain and don’t have any functional limitations.

    If it helps, I want to join the Medical Corps as a Physician myself. I’m not sure if that is a more in demand MOS as of right now.


  7. jeff says:

    How long does a person have to be off of anxiety medication to qualify, specifically for AF ROTC? From reading previous posts, the person would be PDQ and have to apply for a waiver, correct?


  8. Eddie says:

    Hey Doc, I’ve read a lot up on this situation and I myself have been to MEPS back in 2016. I had passed everything else but got a DQ not a PDQ because of my scoliosis, I had no clue I even had it, it came as a surprise to me as well as my family but hey things happen. Anyways it’s been a few years since and my recruiter at the time was going to try a waiver but the curvature was too high and we ended up not being able to. So i went into the spinal fusion surgery to correct it, which was recommended to do so. I’ve done my Physical Therapy and all I’ve been back to working out in my regular routine from years back and more, now I see that the most normal response is that any type of spinal fusion is a PDQ. Is it truly not possible to get a waiver for it? Even considering if i’m able to not just meet the PT standards but exceed them?
    Thank you for the help.

  9. Cadence says:

    At age fourteen and prior I had three episodes of self mutilation. I was a kid who didn’t know the consequences of her actions. If I prove we’ll enough in other categories and pass a psych evaluation is there any possibility of a waver? How long do I need to be off all medication before I enlist? And is it tru that adhd is not disqualifying as long as you show academic proficiency? How would any of this change is I was a HPSP candidate? Is their a difference in the other branches?

  10. Jarett says:

    Navy Doc, I am physically and mentally and emotionally able to serve without out any limitations from preforming my military duties. With that being said I have always been healthy 100 percent and no hospilizations besides my acl surgery back in 2010. I have absolutely no pain and full range of motion and continue everyday life with no issues and wasn’t even in the hospital 4 hours after . Could this be waived ??
    Also I was born solely with only one kidney no I wasn’t hospitalized for it, no I never had any issues and once I was told by my parents 5 years ago I gotten yearly blood work done to prove and make sure of that. Because I was born this way and never had any other issues medically concerning this, could this be waived? with signed and written statement from the doctor ? Also no visual evidence of this didn’t know until the ultra sound.

  11. John says:


    As of March 2019, what are the MEPS rules for a single-level lumbar discectomy with no fusion or hardware? (performed 2 years ago with no complications).

    Are Navy Officer candidates accepted with such prior work? Is there any public documentation that states this?



  12. Cappy562 says:

    Hi NavyDoc,

    Went through MEPS a week ago and received a temporary disqualification due to weight. I’m seeking a Direct Commission as a reservist in the Navy Supply Corps. Currently 32 years old, no health conditions whatsoever except for being at 31% instead of the 26% required by the Navy. Two individuals did the tape measurements to make sure I didn’t meet the requirement, one of which was a Coast Guard Officer who was surprised that I missed the mark. I’m 6’3″ tall, active, and was able to perform all the tests at MEPS a week ago. The date to conform to standards and report back to MEPS is June 3rd.

    The physician’s advice while meeting with me was to eat smaller portions and do more cardio with less weightlifting. My recruiter said the process does not stop and I can continue to do paperwork while working towards the ideal body fat percentage.

    My question is, if I’m in overall good health but fall short by a percentage point or two, can the body fat/weight requirement be waived?

    Thank you so much for your response!


  13. Will says:

    Navy doc I got tdq for wheezing and they told me to come back when the doctor clears me and treats me and I found out I had a respiratory infection that is treated, can I get a waiver for this?

  14. Scott says:

    Navy Doc, I’ve posted on this forum before pertaining my overuse injury from May 2017 which was revealed to be bilateral spondylolysis. Long story short, it has healed (no surgery) in December 2017 and this has been the period I became asymptomatic and am to the present. Since 2017, I decided to go back to school and about to become a junior; and I’m beginning to develop an interest towards becoming a Naval Intelligence Officer. As I’m aware that spondylolysis waivers are based on the service,however I’m curious on where do I stand?

    If it helps, I currently have a 3.45 GPA and have been active in endurance sports and will be participating in a half Ironman (triathlon) in April.Also, I took it upon myself to consult a spine surgeon of my goals and he cleared me with no issues and I got cleared by the spine specialist who originally diagnosed me of the injury.

  15. Navydoc says:

    While spondylolysis may be waived, competitive programs usually select fully qualified applicants.

  16. Navydoc says:

    Acute URI does not require waiver once resolved.

  17. Navydoc says:

    There are no waivers for over fat applicants. You must meet the body composition standards.

  18. Navydoc says:

    It will depend on review of your records for the exact method of your surgery. The DoDI 6130.03 is readily available on the internet and is the only medical fitness standard used by MEPS.

  19. Navydoc says:

    Absence of a kidney is not usually waived by any service.

  20. Kim says:

    I came down with Hep B. It seems like i have no viral count and no immidiate effect. I don’t feel like it affects me at all. Hospital is saying that it is chronic hep b.

    I know it is generally not waived.

    Have you ever seen it being waived?

  21. Julie says:

    Hello, I have a 21 year old healthy son is is slightly double jointed in his lower arms. He has never had any issues. Will he be able to get in the Navy? Thank you, Julie.

  22. Navydoc says:

    Waivers for self mutilation are on a case by case basis.

  23. Navydoc says:

    There are no waivers for spinal fusion.

  24. Jared says:

    Hey Navy Doc,
    I’m currently trying to join the Navy Reserve and everything checks out fine so far on the questionnaire with my recruiter so far. I don’t want to lie or plan on it but I have a huge scar probably about 6inches long on my side, it has always been there as far as I can remember and my parents haven’t said much about it and I’ve never had any issues physically or mentally from it. But I don’t know how to explain it or how it occurred any recommendations? I figured if I at least mention it I should be okay and not DQ.

  25. Navydoc says:

    You need to find out from your parents exactly what the scar is from. Unexplained surgical scars can be DQ. If it is six inches long it was probably significant.

  26. Navydoc says:

    Hepatitis b will not be waived.

  27. Navydoc says:

    Depends on severity and the reason for double jointedness (connective tissue disease? Marfans?)

  28. Rosa says:

    Hello, I recently had an entry level separation from the marine corps for having familial adenomatous polyposis. I got sick within the first two weeks of training and eventually learned that I simply had a virus that mimicked my diseases symptoms. I have a reenlistment code Re-3p. Could I join another branch if not the marine corps.

  29. Julie says:

    Hello, thanks for getting back to me. No, neither. Can he get in?

  30. Bryan says:

    I had a concussion when I was younger. Is that a disqualifying factor for enlistment or am I able to get a waiver?

  31. Elizbeth says:

    I am 24 yrs old and hope to work for the Navy JAGC after law school. I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer at 15, and in remission at 16. I take a Synthroid pill every day, but have no other condition that would prevent me from military service. Am I likely to receive a waiver?

  32. Nicholas says:

    Hello Navydoc,

    I am a 21 y/o M that had two patellar dislocations in high school while running track. After the first dislocation, at age 15, I had an arthroscopic knee surgery to clean out loose fragments of cartilage that were dislodged from the back of my knee cap (90% of the original cartilage is still in tact). Less than 6 months later, I had a second patellar dislocation. This time, my ortho surgeon recommended strengthening my interior ligament so as to keep the kneecap centered from there on out, so that’s what I did. I was denied entry into the Air Force Academy for these two surgeries despite gaining a congressional recommendation and passing the AFPFT. Once in college, I completed a semester of Army ROTC and was one of the leaders in rucks consistently; I was cleared at MePS pending a waiver for my knee, made a 97 on the ASVAB, and I passed the APFT. Despite this, the Army said I was “permanently medically disqualified” for having “two surgeries on the same joint.”

    My question to you is: does the Navy have a similar policy for surgeries on the knee?

    Side note: My desired NEC would be is HM of some capacity. I am currently gaining my undergraduate and will be taking the MCAT soon as I prepare to apply for medical school.

  33. navydoc says:

    The Army tends to be more generous with waivers than the Navy is, so it is not promising that you were denied. However, it always depends on the current needs of the service, so have your recruiter submit your paperwork for consideration.

  34. navydoc says:


  35. navydoc says:

    It depends on severity, symptoms, how long ago, etc. Submit your records for review.

  36. navydoc says:

    Waivers always depend on the needs of the service.

  37. Raul says:

    Hello, Doc, I recently faint at MEPS. I haven’t eat nothing for 18 hours, and the day before I had to work in my two jobs, besides, I was nervous about the whole process. Now I need a full evaluation from a doctor and the doctors notes. Will need a clearance letter from the doctor as well.
    How bad is my overall situation now? Do I still have a chance?

  38. Karen says:

    Can you become a pilot in the navy with low blood platelets of 112,000 ?

  39. Tristan says:

    Good Evening, Navy Doc. On January 5th of 2017 I was separated from Navy RTC with Adjustment Disorder/ Anxiety. Prior to enlistment I had no prior diagnosis of mental disorders or etc. I was discharged with a JFV code and a re-enlistment code of RE-3G. Since then Ive been cleared by a civilian medical physician with no physical or mental ailments or issues that would prevent me from serving. What are my chances of re-enlisting?

  40. sarah says:

    Dear NavyDoc

    I have written you in the past re my congenital cataracts. This time however, I actually had all the records reviewed, was approved in Meps for the Air Force and successfully swore in. I just got the bad news however that after a 48 hour window my eye records need a waiver by the SG. Have you ever seen this before ? All records were approved to even get me to Meps and sworn in but I admit I am nervous about whether I will get the waiver. Do you have any insight? Also, I’m 35 turning 36 at the end of April.


  41. Brittany says:

    Hi Navy Doc, I am looking to apply for the nurse candidate program. Last year I went to the hospital for lower back pain and numbness in my foot. Turns out I had a bulging disc between L4 and L5. Doctor wanted to do spinal fusion I said absolutely not and went to physical therapy for 10 weeks 3 times a week. Since then I no longer have any symptoms and have lost a lot of weight to take strain off my back. Would this be disqualifying?

  42. Elliot [Last name redacted for privacy] says:

    I had a rash that presented when I was 13 during a rapid growth phase (4″ in about 6 months) when I was in 7th grade. It didn’t really bother me much but my mother took me our pediatrician who suggested going to a dermatologist, so we did. The dermatologist diagnosed the rash as “psoriasis” and prescribed some kind of cream which I used for a couple of weeks. The rash went away and has never come back. I recently was awarded a NROTC Scholarship and have been accepted at USC as a Chemical Engineering Major. I’m freaked out though worried I could lose the scholarship based on the psoriasis diagnosis that my mom reminded me of when I was filling out the medical form (if I would’ve done it myself I wouldn’t have even remembered it). Anyway, I’m anxiously awaiting the verdict from dodmerb. From what I’ve read it seems there’s a chance I could get DQ’d. What should I do?

  43. Ed says:

    My DS had surgery to relieve exertional compartment syndrome in March 2018 (anterior, both legs). Since completing therapy 9 months ago, he has been running pain free and competing in races (5K and triathlon). If this is his only DQ, is this condition likely to be waived for any branch and especially Navy? For service academies, ROTC or OCS? His dream is to serve; nuclear engineer on a sub is #1 preference.

  44. Thomas [Last name redacted for privacy] says:

    My son is finishing his third year in Army ROTC, was ready to contract, completed his physical and was waiting on a medical waiver for Myopia greater than +8, he was scheduled for an internship at West Points Cyber School this summer and would also have attended Advanced camp. Now he can’t contract. I’ve seen that the Navy has recently modified it’s medical waiver reviews. Is this an option for him. Any and all feedback would be helpful.

  45. navydoc says:

    Waivers are dependent on the need of the service. The Army gives far more waivers than the Navy. Waivers for Navy accessions have not changed. The new waiver appeals process is for active duty sailors.

  46. Jane says:

    My daughter went through MEPS and passed. When she was 12 her “boyfriend’ broke up with her and she took pills. I took her to the hospital and they admitted her under a suicide attempt. We met with a recruiter a few years ago and he said that really doesn’t count however MEPS really scared her about this and is now PDQ. Is there anything we can do?

  47. maribel says:

    Hello Navy Doc,

    I wanted to ask a few questions about understanding about the medical Waivers. My Son Recently went to meps, after failing the hearing test the first time, he was ask to go back to retake it. He Took the Hearing test again and was told that he had not pass the test that he had a minimum hearing loss, so he was told he needed a waiver for that, he then took the eye exam, he had previously told his recruiter he had astigmatism, he told the recruiter he had a problem with one of his eyes, where he sees blurry, recruiter told him he will need a waiver for not passing the eye exam. my question is who reviews the waivers? and by him getting a waiver does that mean he can have a chance? he score a 60 on his asavb test, and pass all the other test he was given. he wants to do infantry and wants ti serve in the Marines, do you know a[approximately how long can it take for a waiver to get approve.

  48. navydoc says:

    A waiver is an exception to play allowing each service to choose to accept disqualified candidates. Waivers are granted by each service depending on the needs of that service. Each service has its own waiver authority; for the Marines, that is BUMED in Washington, DC.. Time for waivers varies widely, but the Marines are not quick.

  49. navydoc says:

    history of suicide attempt is PDQ. Her recruiter should be reported for telling her to lie.

  50. Brittany says:

    Hi Navy doc, did you happen to see my question, it’s about 6 or 7 up . I know some questions have been asked about this but I haven’t seen an answer specific to my scenario. Thank you for taking time out of your day to answer our questions.

  51. JJ says:

    I have a suicidal idea in ER history because of my ex-husband’s domestic abuse. Can I join the military? It was one-time thing.

  52. CDB says:

    Hello Navy Doc,

    I am prior service marine with 9 years of service active. I separated honorably and on my final physical notes it states that i have no DQ conditions and fully medically ready. Having said that now i am out and its been three years and i am looking at ROTC commissioning process. I have a cumulative full copy of my medical record and on it i had a visit for behavioral health in 2012 that is in my comprehensive record. I was never prescribed any medication and went for counseling. On the record it annotates “adjustment disorder with anxiety and depressed mood”. This came up during my VA Claim because it was in my history but i had not had counseling or care and years and so received no diagnosis from the VA for it as well. When it comes to the DODMERB process am i looking at a waiverable condition or a PDQ condition since this is part of my active duty medical history.

  53. navydoc says:

    You will require waiver. Submit your medical records.

  54. navydoc says:

    You will be PDQ.

  55. Brittany says:

    Navydoc, thanks for your reply. Correct me if I’m wrong, does PDQ mean I would have a chance at a waiver? By the time I apply to this program I’m hoping to have been asymptomatic for 2 years so will that help?

  56. Enoch says:

    Is it possible to get a waiver if I was born with one testicle and have had no issues? In addition, I was born with enlarged parietal foramina but they have reduced in size to be smaller than 25 cent piece. Able to pass all physical fitness tests and have no other conditions.

  57. Kat says:

    I’ve seen a couple of posts about my (hopefully waiver-able) condition, but they had other issues coupled with theirs. My only health issue is that I have Prolactinoma – a benign brain tumor that has not grown in 2 years (it’s actually shrunk). My thyroid has always been normal, and I have not had any other issues. I originally went to the doctor because I was having headaches, (which are now gone) I wasn’t having periods, and I had breast milk secretion (without pregnancy). I take Cabergoline 2x a week currently.
    I am completely healthy in all other respects, and this has never affected my daily life.
    When I was reading about the things that hold you back, it seemed that the focus on “Pituitary Disorders” was Acromegoly, thyroid issues, or adrenal issues. Prolactin is mainly for pregnant/nursing women, and doesn’t necessarily affect anything other than periods/fertility.
    If the tumor continues to shrink, and my prolactin levels get to a “normal” level, what are my chances of a waiver? I feel like they are pretty slim – but worth asking.

  58. Esther says:

    Hi doctor, I recently injury my lower back when deadlifting, I self volunteered to do an MRI the second day of the injury and it shows a herniated disc, however, my physician and two physical therapists both said based on my symptoms, they thought it was a muscle strain because I didn’t have pain traveling to my leg and they would believe the herniated disc discovered in MRI is actually asymptomatic, and I am now fully healed and resumed to physical fitness before the injury, got clearance letters from every medical professional. I know that herniated disc itself is disqualifying, but just wondering if it makes any difference or make me medically qualified if it’s asymptomatic? I knew that a lot of people have herniated disc but never having any back pain in their life, only could it be discovered was through an MRI. And a lot of people ever take MRI in their life.

  59. cameron says:

    i was wondering if i may join because i have bicuspid aortic valve and a heart murmur i was wondering if this could stop me from being eligible to join ive always wanted to join the navy because of my dad being a chief in the navy so would having a bicuspid aortic valve and a heart murmur make it so i can join ive been cleared by the cardiologist for all activities including exercise and work i’m not on any pills or anything

  60. Alex. says:

    Hi, im alex
    Im a poole, leaving for usmc basic training in a few months!
    My question is if I would need a waver for plastic surgery??
    The surgery is purely cosmetic, it is a outpatient procedure it lasts around 20 minutes,
    It is an earlobe reduction surgery

  61. Matt says:

    Navy Doc,
    About 5 years ago I was diagnosed with grade 1 spondylolisthesis. Since then I have been asymptomatic but was DQ from the Navy and did not receive a waiver for it. I’m now trying to join the Army but the army recruiter is saying spondylolisthesis is non waiverable and there is nothing they can do. In previous answers you have said grade 1 spondylolisthesis may be waived, has that changed?

  62. Abhi says:

    Hi. Im a 17 yo male, and am looking to enlist into the United States Marine Corps. I have a knee injury, I dislocated my left kneecap when I was in 7th Grade and my right a few days ago when On 04/02/2019. I have not gotten any surgery or physical therapy, but I have been working out and doibg what I normally do without any problems. I have no limitations right now. I would like to know if I can still join, or if I wiuld get a temporary DQ and then i would be able to join or a Permanent DQ at which pount I would like to know if my situation can be easily waived or not. Im serious in all i said. Thank you.

  63. Eileen says:

    My son has wanted to join the US Navy since he was little. He has had occasional issues with nighttime Enuresis. He was prescribed a prescription medication after exhausting all medical test that showed no medical reason other than a deep sleeper. Would him being on this (non-narcotic) prescription prevent him from being accepted into the Navy, if not would he be allowed to continue his medication.

  64. DDogg909 says:

    Greetings NavyDoc,

    Am I able to enlist in the navy if I was told I had a fatty liver and abnl liver enzymes? This occurred because I was overweight and eating unhealthy for quite some time. I have an appointment with a gastroenterologist soon. Am I ok if he or she cleared me? Worst case scenario what if he or she doesn’t clear me? Do you think any other service will take me in if the navy doesn’t?

    Thank you in advance for your time.

  65. Adriana says:

    I am a biology student at UNC, and I am planning on going to med school. I want to join the military but I have bipolar disorder and have spent a couple of months as a juvenile in a behavioral health treatment facility. I know that currently I am not a likely candidate for a waiver in any branch, but I was wondering if perhaps a medical degree would make me a more appealing candidate. I do take medication daily but I am hoping to be off of them completely in a year or two. I also am a military brat (Air Force) and have been treated on base and through Tricare Prime as my father is retired, so my records may be available to any branch, so lying would probably not work, and I don’t want to lie. I am wondering if being a doctor would improve my chances of getting in the Army or Marines. Thank you.

  66. Pete says:

    Hello, I am 23 and interested in service to any branch. I have a birth defect known as Duane’s Syndrome. The DoDI states that if I have Duane’s then I will need a waiver. I have Dsc 20/60. Nsc 20/20 on my right (dominant) eye and Dsc 20/20. Nsc 20/20 in my left eye (Duane’s Syndrome eye) with no other eye pathology. I got this report from my Eye Specialist 4/12/19. On 4/15/19 I hope to have the full report to my recruiter. I have had no other eye exam in my life. Are my chances high on waiver approval? Currently, I am trying to join the Marines.

  67. David says:

    I have a nephew that was fascinated with the Naval Academy most of his life. His father , grand-father, great-grand-father all served (two went to the Academy themselves). As he was starting high-school he got caught in the middle of his parents custody battle as well as the loss of his best friend. His doctor diagnosed him as depressed and prescribed Lexapro, which only made him sleepy all the time. A year later a higher doctor cancelled the meds and said he believed the depression was a “singular event”. That was over a year ago and he has not had a problem with depression since. He is now a high-school Junior.
    His grades have soared back into high-A’s, he plays varsity sports, is involved with various school clubs, and leader of his scout group. He still has hopes of attending the Naval Academy.
    I suspect that the Lexapro would be an automatic disqualifier but nobody will give a straight answer. Would this be considered “waivable”? I hate to see him holding out for something that is now an impossible dream.

  68. Izaak says:

    I posted this question on another forum but I cant find my way back to it, sorry for asking the same question twice. I’m currently trying to join the Navy. My 2807-2 was submitted to meps, and I was denied for a history of shoulder dislocation. I was not able to go to meps for the physical due to this, so my paperwork was sent to Millington Tennessee, where it was approved. My question is this, was I granted a waiver from the navy for my shoulder saying meps cant PDQ me for this issue anymore or did they just grant me a chance to get the physical at meps, nothing more. I greatly appreciate you taking time out of your day to answer.

  69. Andre [Last name redacted for privacy] says:

    I am 27 years old. I had a seizure in 2010 and another one about a year and a half to 2 years ago. I am currently on medication. I had an EEG done by my neurologist and it came back normal and he said that I have no restrictions. He wants to keep me on medication though. Is there any way I can join the navy with a medical waiver for this since I had a normal EEG and have no restrictions but am still taking medication?

  70. Bill says:

    Hi Navydoc,
    I’m attend Citedal in the fall and I think I have eustachian dysfunction could this keep me from recieving a commission as an officer?

  71. Shawn says:

    Hi NavyDoc,

    I’m looking to process through the reserves or national guard as an officer (LCSW). I am prior service and get VA 10% for my lower back. I’m confused on this process as I know people who are serving with VA disability rating, yet I see people be told they need to drop it to serve again.

    Do you know how that process actually works? I think my recruiter is wanting me to drop it so it is easier for him, but I would have to disclose the back issue anyways since it is in my active duty / VA records. He said that waivers are different for prior service, but I don’t know. Thank you.


  72. bill says:

    hello my name is Bill i have an immune deficiency disease, so i require an iv once a month. Im healthy as can be and can go 3 months with out medication, i was wondering if i can join.

  73. NCCM(Ret) says:


    No, joining would not be possible.

  74. KEVIN says:


    I went the doctors about a year ago for leg pain and some joint pain that I was concerned about. At first the doctor did not know what it was , he gave me NSAIDS which helped. After an MRI he saw slight signs of spondyloarthritis and put me on humira. At first I thought it was a bit extreme but I took it anyways which it helped. However now I feel fine and stopped the humira due to me wanting to join the navy. Is there any chance this will not get waived ? Currently I am in great physical condition, I plan to try for a SEAL contract which I have above passing numbers for the PST. Thanks!

    **I apologize if this double posted!!**

  75. Alexis says:

    Hello ,

    I am looking to join the Navy in a couple months after I graduate college, and about 4 years ago during my senior year of high school, I tore my ACL and Meniscus. I got it repaired, but a couple months later I was having a hard time recovering due to not doing the home exercises , so I went in for a revision surgery where they broke up all the scar tissue. Since then I haven’t had any problems and about a year ago I got the screws removed out. I am more than positive I have to get a waiver, however, do you believe there is any chance that the waiver will be approved?

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