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Medical Conditions Normally Not Waiverable

Medical Issues Not Normally Waivered

Updated: May 5, 2017

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 1130.8J);

  • Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), AIDS Related Complex (ARC), HIV Antibody, or history of any of the above.
  • 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.

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.

6,588 Responses to “Medical Issues Not Normally Waivered”

  1. bree says:

    i have had two ACL reconstructions on the same knee when i was younger. i am fully recovered and stayed very active playing basketball and running track througout my high school years, and also playing basketball a year in college. would i need a medical waiver for this? if so, will i be considered for one?

  2. NCCM(ret) says:


    Based on my experience and what you have told me you should not have a problem. You have been asymptomatic for over a year and have also been very active. Get a couple of letters from coaches explaining your knee has been no problem – and of course have copies of all pertinent medical records. If the MEPS doctor sends it for a waiver (most likely will, they don’t stick their neck out much) you should have an answer back pretty quickly (within a week or so).

  3. TJP says:

    I was born with atrial septal defect. A fairly common congenital heart defect in which an opening fails to close during childhood. It usually closes in most people by the age of 4 or 5 and I found out that now the condition doesn’t even require surgery. I had surgery to close the hole when I was 9 (I’m now 23), and have never had any problems with it. I run several miles a week, work out and lift weights. My cardiologist wrote a letter stating how my exams and test all returned normal, he also stated that the surgery repaired my heart to normal with no problems. I’m currently waiting on my medical records to arrive in the mail.

    Do you think I’ll be able to get a waiver? I know heart surgeries sound pretty scary, but mine has been repaired and I do have a recommendation from my doctor. Is there anything else I should present to my recruiter?

  4. NCCM(ret) says:

    Submit all your medical records and letters from doctors and coaches – I think you have a pretty good chance.

    Let us know how it goes so as other can learn from your experience.

  5. TJP says:

    Thank you NCCM!

    I just got my medical records in the mail today and will give them to my recruiter on Tuesday. He told me it was going to be an extensive process for getting the waiver, and that I may even need to see an outside doctor? My medical records have goo things to say in terms of my overall prognosis. Does it take a long time to get a waiver (over 3 months)? My recruiter told me it would probably be 6 months to a year before I go to boot camp, and I was hoping to expedite the process so I could get in as soon as possible. I really want to join. :)

  6. NCCM(ret) says:


    Your Recruiter telling you it may take 6 months to get to RTC is a good thing, he feels somewhat confident you will pass medical :)

    6 months to me seems somewhat optimistic to me though – currently the wait, depending on the job (rating), can be up to a year.

    Good luck (thank you for visiting my site) and keep us informed!! :)

  7. TJP says:

    So I sent my medical records to MEPS and they denied it (which was expected by my recruiter) BUT they sent it to BUMED. I had to feel out some additional paperwork and my recruiter sent it back to BUMED. Now it’s a waiting game to see what they say. Either they’ll deny me flat, or they’ll allow me to take a physical (which is what my recruiter thinks will happen). Any thoughts on this process? I’m so new to all of this, I’m just kind of anxiously awaiting what will happen. My recruiter said I’m in a good position because I’m a female who has finished college and I would like to go into a field that difficult for the Navy to fill: linguistics. Do you think this will help at all?

  8. NCCM(ret) says:


    Things seem to be tracking as expected :)

    One thing you can correct your Recruiter on: Navy Recruiting does not use BUMED to make medical eligibility recommendations. Navy Recruiting Command has a doctor and staff (CNRC 00M) located at headquarters in Millington, Tn that will review your documentation and make the final recommendation to the Admiral for approval or disapproval.

    In your case, before the recommendation can be made by 00M; 00M must direct MEPS (if 00M determines a waiver may be possible) to provide you with a physical (they may also direct MEPS to send you to an outside specialist for any additional testing).

    So, to recap;

    1. MEPS disqualified you based on medical record review.

    2. MEPS/Navy Liaison recommended that 00M review your medical records to over-ride MEPS to force a physical (good chance of this happening, but 00M can disapprove the request at this point).

    3. If 00M directs the physical then a date for the physical will be scheduled along with any outside consultations which may be required (you need to be prepared to make more than one visit to MEPS depending on consultation requirements).

    4. Once the final results of the physical and consultations are complete (including blood work), those results will be sent to 00M for review. Slim chance the review could reveal additional testing/consultations could be required, but I doubt it. Just preparing you in case.

    5. 00M will review and make recommendation to the Admiral (usually within 3-5 days depending on back load).

    6. You get a call from your Recruiter with the results.

    Hope this makes the medical waiver process more clear!

  9. Sara says:

    My friend (who is trying for the navy seals) had a retinal detachment 6 years ago with reattchment surgery followed by laser surgery to ensure a stronger reattchment. His surgeon told him that his affected retina is held in place better than a normal retina. Now, all of his info has been sent to MEPS and his recruiter just gave him a heads up that he has heard through the grapevine that he may be medically disqualified because of the detachment (he hasn’t received official word yet though). His prognosis is good and he is considered a candidate for lasik and/or PRK. His vision is also correctable to 20/20.

    If he is disqualified, can he get a waiver for it? Should he get a letter from the surgeon stating that his retina is held in place better than a normal one?

    Also, would this condition with a letter from the surgeon disqualify him from other service branches, specifically the marines?

  10. NCCM(ret) says:

    It has been my experience that a history of detached retina, even if repaired, is permanently disqualifying and a waiver would not normally be recommended or approved. I can only speak of my experience with the Navy, but believe this would be true for all services.

  11. Ian says:

    My fiance is planning to join the navy, but she has a mild latex allergy. Prolonged exposure to latex gives her a slight rash, and latex powder makes her cough. In fact we think she may have lost some of her sensitivity to it because recent exposures have yielded no symptoms.

    How severe does a latex allergy have to be before it makes a difference?

  12. NCCM(ret) says:

    Ian, sorry for the delay in answering. For once, I am stumped. I personally have never run across anyone with a “mild” allergy for latex. All my experiences have to do with folks who have more immediate and profound symptoms, all of whom were permanently disqualified with no waiver recommended.

    Let me know how this turns out.

  13. Tom H says:

    i had purforated ulcer surgery more than 3 years ago i am perfecly fine and in great shape i played for two more years after my surgery and no problems not once, my perfurated ulcer was caused by motrin not stress…so my question is will i get disqualified because of this? i have turned all my medical records and i got my doctor to write a letter saying i am perfectly fine. My recruiter sent all this info up to meps on sept 18, 09. i have still not heard back. he said he was going to re fax them back up, he says that i should be able to get in fine. do you think i just need to wait longer? i know the navy is overmanned at the moment could that be a reason at all? i just hope this doesn’t hold me back because i want to serve so bad, well thanks for the help.

  14. NCCM(ret) says:

    Tom H,
    Personally, I have not seen a case where stomach or intestinal surgery has been approved. That being said, you should have received a response from your document medical review within 5 working days of their submittal with either a final judgment or a request for additional documentation.

  15. TJP says:


    I just wanted to let you know I’m going to MEPS tomorrow to have a physical and take the ASVAB. 00M requested that I have a physical last week, and I got a call from my recruiter on Thursday telling me to get ready for the upcoming Monday (it all seemed to happen so quickly)!

    Are you required to sign anything at MEPS? I really wanted to be sure I got something in writing stating that my student loans could be repaid, and I didn’t know if my recruiter draws up that contract, or if it’s done at MEPS? Is there anything else you wish you had known before going to MEPS?


  16. TJP says:

    Also, should I bring my medical records to MEPS as well? My recruiter never mentioned this?

  17. NCCM(ret) says:

    Info on student loan repayment

    You should not need additional documents beyond what you have already submitted. If you have documents that you haven’t submitted then make sure your Recruiter has them to add to your record at MEPS.

    You won’t be joining during this visit if the physical was requested by 00M – 00M will need the completed physical (blood work and all other tests included) before they can make a final waiver recommendation. Here is the process.

    Good luck!

  18. TJP says:

    Hi NCCM,

    I just wanted to let you know that everything at MEPS went well (although I must say the attitudes of the MEPS employees were not very nice). Anyway, I also wanted to let you know I took the ASVAB and scored a 95 on it! Initially, I wanted to go in as a legalman. My recruiter told me that might not be feasible, or that I would be waiting for the job for a while and suggested I become a cryptologic technician. I took the DLAB though and completely bombed the test (maybe it was because I was already tired from the physical and wasn’t expecting the test, maybe it was because the test was just too difficult for me–I don’t know). I was told there was a very, very good chance my waiver for my heart surgery would be approved, though. Now I have to focus on choosing a job in the Navy. My recruiter suggests: Air Traffic Controller, Intelligence Specialist, and Legalman (if available). Do you have any info on just what these jobs entail?

    Thank you again for all of your help!

  19. TJP says:

    Hi NCCM,

    I’m still waiting to hear if I’ve received the waiver. It’s only been 2 weeks but it feels like months…!!

  20. TJP says:

    Hi NCCM,

    I just wanted to let you know that I got the waiver!!! I have to go back down to MEPS to select my job. My recruiter is pushing me toward Nuke because of my asvab score, but I’m still unsure if that’s the route I want to take. I just wanted to say thank you for all of the advice you’ve given here and on this website. It really helped me make it through this process.

    Thanks again!


  21. NCCM(ret) says:


    Both my older sons joined in the Navy Nuke program :)

  22. TJP says:

    Hi NCCM,

    Guess what! I went back down to MEPS to choose my job and they told me I scored a 128 on the DLAB! They said they were looking at the wrong scores, and that the 64 was the CS score for the Navy test. I can’t believe I passed the DLAB. I could’ve been a CTI but they said they didn’t need women for that job right now. They assigned me the CTN (cryptologic technician networks) job, but my recruiter said he would let me know if another job opened up. I really wanted Air Traffic Control or Intelligence Specialist. We’ll see what happens. I am officially a DEPper though! I have a lot to learn now.


  23. NCCM(ret) says:

    Congratulations TJP!!! Love it when the process works :)

  24. Gregory says:

    I broke my forearm on Feb.3,2008. Was told that I could not join because because of the plate surgically implanted to hold the break together to heal. Called out of state to have all my records forwarded to the recruiter, and he says they won’t even consider me. The surgeon (who happens to me a member of the “Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgery”) believes that my arm in no way would prohibit me from performing my duties in the navy, yet the recruiter says I won’t even be considered. How do you get a waiver if the recruiter won’t even consider you. He said I was a very good candidate (ha said I did very well on the pre-test) Then the subject of my arm came up.

  25. JBC says:

    Hi NCCM
    My boyfriend and I have been talking with recruiters, doctors on base, and researching but we still dont have a clear answer. Hes had high blood pressure since he was 12 (not hereditary) and has been on medication within the past year. His high blood pressure seems to be due to his weight, he’s 5’9 235lbs. In basic training hes expected to lose the weight which causes his blood pressure to decrease possibly meaning medication use would be discontinued. He wants to join the navy as soon as possible but is afraid of disqualification. I reccomended that he do ROTC next semester, stop his medication and lose the weight first. Hes already started the processes and is waiting to hear back from the recruiter on his MEPS date. Should he wait? Will he be denied even with a waiver from his own doctor? Will MEPS give him a waiver?

  26. NCCM(ret) says:

    Having high blood pressure and being on medication for it will be disqualifying. His weight and BP must be under control without the use of medication. I strongly suggest he follow a doctors advice on how to lose weight, and never stop medication because we feel like it, that could be dangerous.

  27. NCCM(ret) says:

    Your recruiter should submit your documents for a medical review (if this is your only issue; if there are other factors which may be holding you back then he is making the right choice, ie. ASVAB score, education, height/weight, etc.)

  28. marc says:

    hey, I got stung by a bee when I was 6 years old, had a reaction and they decided I could be allergic to bees and gave me an epi pen. I never had to use it even when I was stung again…havent had another epi pen in years., but I am sure it is on my medical records. Does this DQ me auto? How could an allergy to bees be seen as service related anyway? Damn that sucks if I am,,a damn bee sting when I was a little boy could stop me from serving my country??? Dang!!! Thanks


  29. NCCM(ret) says:


    A bee string allergy would be disqualifying. If you have current medical documentation/tests that dispute the earlier finding, then contact your local Recruiter and have the Recruiter submit your medical records for review.

  30. Dsn F says:

    Would a Hep B carrier automatically be disqualified…Theoretically, they shouldn’t; afterall, I assume that most people in the Navy have been given the Hep B vaccine, right?

  31. NCCM(ret) says:

    Hep B carriers are disqualified. I understand your vaccination argument, but the Navy visits many places where people may not be up to date with their shots.

    Also, as with any information I put out in this forum, please verify it with your local Recruiters – have them submit your medical documentation to the MEPS for review and an ultimate approval or disapproval because each persons circumstance will vary depending on actual diagnosis/prognosis.

  32. MED says:

    I am a 29 year old female with a degree from Purdue University. I am meeting with a recruiter Monday about enlisting. I had ACL surgery in 1998 AFTER I received a scholarship to play collegiate softball. I had reconstructive surgery then therapy at Purdue to get on the field. The Purdue doctors cleared me for play fall of my freshman year after 9 months of therapy, and I played four competitive years there with no problems. SInce then I have been an active runner and weight lifter, having no problems. What are the chances I will pass MEPS (I still have the screws in)? What documentation to I need to bring the recruiter? I’d like to go to Basic as soon as possible.


  33. NCCM(ret) says:

    Your surgery was well over the minimum 1 year waiting time, and you have been asymptomatic all the while playing competitive sports. Bring all the medical documentation (your recruiter could request the documentation for you, with your signed permission, and save you the leg work), and a couple of letters documenting the sports involvement (letters from past coaches, etc). With all that and the ortho consultation MEPS will more than likely send you on, you should have little problem joining the Navy because of the prior ACL surgery.

  34. MED says:

    Thank you so much for the quick response! I will get all of that documentation and let you know how it goes.


  35. Stacie Mercer says:

    I have a spine fusion with hardware in place from scoliosis. I know my chances of getting a waiver are probably slim, but I’m not joinging for combat purposes. I want to join the navy for the Nurse Corps. I know I ‘could’ complete the PRT with ‘good’ or better results. the fusion doesn’t effect my movement as much because of two lucky reasons, 1. the fusion is t6 – l2, dead center of my back pretty much. 2. I have hypermobility anyways.
    I don’t want to waste my time, because this is heartbreaking enough for me. I heard your hte best person for advice on these types of things. Do you think I could get a waiver granted?
    ( I wouldn’t be going in for another 3 years. I’m a freshman in college now for my BSN. Also, I’m female, 17, 124 lbs ) Thanks for your time.

  36. NCCM(ret) says:


    I do believe your chances of an approved waiver would be slim. I would, however, ensure that you pursue an official answer in a couple of years when you are ready. It wasn’t 10 years ago when retained hardware in an arm or leg was disqualifying altogether and today it gets approval regularly – point is, things change.

    If you wish to continue this conversation privately, please use my email address owner[at] ([at] = @)

  37. Kimberly says:

    My husband has been in the Navy for almost 13 years now and I am interested in joining to be a medical officer. I would like to know if PCOS would disqualify me? I have it well under control as well as my weight and body fat. I have been getting mix information on this subject.

  38. NCCM(ret) says:

    I have no experience with individuals with that diagnosis. After reading up on it, because it appears to me to be chronic and may produce other health effects that could in themselves be disqualifying, I would suspect that no waiver would be granted. If you experience a different result, I would appreciate it if you could inform us here so others may benefit.

  39. Zay says:

    Thank you for your reply! Yes, if the military is the direction I intend to go I will take your advice, even though the chances seem to be slim. However, what you’ve said lines up with my research; cases seem to be determined on an individual basis and many issues can be factored into the final decision. I’ve been without symptoms for over two years, staying hopeful!

    Thanks again!

  40. Steve says:

    My son had an eye injury two years ago that required a lens replacement. His vision now is great an he requires no glasses or anything for correction. He is starting to talk about the Navy. Have you ever seen “Lens Replacement” waived?

  41. NCCM(ret) says:

    I have not seen lens replacement surgery waivers approved. It has been my experience; any surgery “into” the eye’s surface hasn’t had much hope of a waiver (except for PRK, LASIK).

  42. chris says:

    Hello, my name is chris and i am a highschool sophomore. As an infant i lost my right foot but I am in good physical condition, I can currently run three seven minute miles consecutively and do 25 pullups in 30 seconds. I also currently play varsity sports such as football and lacrosse. Will the Navy allow me to join after college.

  43. William says:

    I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease 10 years ago and off of any medication for 6 years with no symptoms since my initial diagnosis.
    Do you think I could be wavered? What if I do exceptionally well on the ASVAB? Will I have a better chance?

  44. NCCM(ret) says:


    There is no waiver authorized for a missing foot.

  45. NCCM(ret) says:


    I have never seen a waiver authorized for Crohn’s – even if it has been in remission for an extended period of time.

    ASVAB scores have absolutely no bearing on your physical’s outcome.

  46. Graham says:

    My daughter just finished her MEPS physical. The doctor said that she was “not qualified but able to join” and told her that she needed to get a waiver for her eczema. She has a slight eczema condition. They reviewed her medical records form her personal doctor and are aware that the condition is minor and controlled with medication. She had no eczema at the time of th physical. Is this a non-waiverable condition?

  47. NCCM(ret) says:

    It has been my experience that minor cases of eczema (covers relatively small amounts of skin during flare ups) are normally waived. It is a good sign that the MEPS doctor recommended approval.

  48. Paula says:

    Am currently in DEP, will be a year this July when ship date is supposed to be. It appears now that I have a torn meniscus and will be requiring surgery to repair this. Will they have to drop me from DEP and will I be able to re-enlist? How long will the Navy require me to wait after surgery until I’m allowed to re-enlist? Will the waiver for a routine meniscus repair be difficult to get? There is no ligament damage at all, just a slight tear in the meniscus. Thanks.

  49. NCCM(ret) says:


    I have seen those who had arthroscopic surgery (the method I have seen used most to “fix” the meniscus) back up and ready to go within like 6-8 weeks. I think that once you are cleared by your doctor you may be good to go. I cannot remember the total waiting time, but I do know it isn’t an extensive wait like the ACL repair would be.

  50. Graham says:

    Thank you so much. We have been working with my daughter for over a year getting her to meet the PFT qualifications to enter Marines as an officer. She has lost over 60 pounds and is now able to complete the PFT. We were worried that she was going to be disqualified because of a really minor skit irritation. We still have some hope for her. Thanks again.

  51. Lyco says:

    I got sent out of MEPS today because I freaked and listed that I had a mild allergy of apples and plums. Now, I told them it was only sometimes and that it gets ichy when I eat them raw, but not cooked, baked, etc. Still the nurse did NOT DQ me, but sent me to prove it. Im just curious as to my chances of getting into the Navy because of this and what will be the most efficient piece of information I should get that would increase those chances.

  52. NCCM(ret) says:


    Usually a simple note won’t do it; you may need a letter from your family doctor that defines your supposed allergy.

  53. Lyco says:

    Thank you for your responce. Im curioust as to if my letter says that its just a mild irritation only to apples, will they DQ me for that? Im hoping that since its not like milk or wheat, and that I complained about it once and never had an issue since, that I will be okay…

  54. NCCM(ret) says:

    A single episode of a mild irritation is not an allergy in my opinion – hopefully your doctor agrees with me and points that out in his letter. I have no idea how MEPS will respond – I have seen allergies, even the suggestion of them, be a real problem because they are hard and sometimes expensive (allergy testing) to disprove.

  55. KYWife says:

    My Husband had eczema as a kid, his last flare up was in 2003. It was mild then. He has had no problems since. It’s in his medical records so MEPS knew and ofcourse disqualified him. But the doctors just told him he needed to get a waiver. He got the waiver and sent it in, but it’s been a couple of weeks with no word. He’s trying to enter ANG reserves. Is there any hope of approval?

  56. Lyco says:

    Okay, that gives me some hope since the letter does state it was a mere irritation once, and not an allergy…Thank you again, I will get these letters in and see what happens…

  57. NCCM(ret) says:

    It is always a good sign when the MEPS doctor recommends the waiver; of course it doesn’t mean it will be approved – in the case of eczema, it really depends on where, how often, and the amount of area covered during the flare ups.

  58. KYWife says:

    Well, when he had flare ups, which has been almost 9 years now, he would get a sand dollar size patch on the insides of his arms, where the bend is, and he would get it on his neck in a smaller patch. And even then, his flare ups were few and in between. Only in an extreme temperature, like open exposure to extreme cold or heat. I have heard very few success stories of people getting in with any kind of skin condition, even though eczema is one of the most common conditions in the world. If he is not approved for ANG, would it even be worth the trouble to try another branch?

  59. Tracy says:

    My son was diagnosed by default with bipolar 1 1/2 years ago. By default I mean that the medical facilities (overseas-remote) could not definitely diagnose him with the means available. He went on medication for the bipolar and has been on and off it for 1 1/2 years. We are now in the States and doctors here cannot confirm the diagnosis. He desperately wants to join the Navy, but we are afraid this diagnosis will prevent him from doing so. Should we come clean with the previous diagnosis, or not tell them about it at all? Can they waiver the previous diagnosis and let him in conditionally if he is off the medication? We don’t want him to join, relapse and get kicked out. He is in top physical condition, but requires regular sleep (hence the continous medication). Your advice? We want to be honest, but want him to pursue his dream.

  60. NCCM(ret) says:

    I have not seen a case where bipolar disorder has ever been approved a waiver. As you know, lying by omission is never a good idea. Conditional enlistments do not exist.

  61. Garrett says:

    Hello,im 18 and currently a senior in highschool,as a baby i had Tetralogy Of Fallot,i had 1 surgery when i was a baby and the repaired it,i havnt had any heart problems since…ive played sports my whole life,and my heart doctor said that it shouldnt be a problem,will i beable to get a waiver for this?

  62. NCCM(ret) says:


    My experience has been that congenital heart defects that were repaired at a very early age have a pretty good success rate at getting through MEPS, even without a waiver, as long as the documentation is present and you have been absent of heart related problems/issues. If all else is good, you should be just fine.

  63. Ian says:

    Hi I have this problem, you see I have a condition in my right arm that I can’t supinate my arm( rotating my arm so the palm would be facing me) so in Meps they disqualified me. But the waiver approved it and I’m good to go. So my question now is when I arrive in bootcamp and I heard there would be another physical examination again would they test me again, focusing on my right arm, can they still disqualify me even with the waiver giving me the green light? My arm is also bent a little. Please reply as soon as you can cause I’m going to bootcamp 2 weeks from now. Thanks NCCM

  64. NCCM(ret) says:


    Congratulations on the waiver – I was a bit surprised when I read your comment that you received one for that, as it has been my experience that limitations in movement of the arms or legs didn’t receive waivers. That said, unless you have difficulty completing the tasks of boot camp, you should not have any issue with remaining. When you get a follow-up physical review at boot camp, they will review the waiver – ask you if your having any difficulties, and barring any, send you back to work.


  65. Ian says:

    Ok thank you NCCM, that relieved my anxiety. Why do you think they approved it?

  66. NCCM(ret) says:

    I am sure that your supporting documentation the Navy Recruiting District sent up to CNRC was stellar. Again, congrats! Any other questions or issues, please feel free to email me directly :)

  67. Eric says:

    I am a 37 yo male who is interested in enlisting in the US Navy. However, I have current diagnoses of benign hypertension treated with Micardis/HCT 80mg 1x daily and a bone spur on the anterior/lateral aspects of the acromioclavicular joint(fortunately, this should be resolved through minor arthroscopy and physical therapy) also have a history of asthma(last asthma symptoms October 1994). Although I have these diagnoses, I maintain a healthy BMI through daily calisthenics, sports, etc. Is it possible for me to obtain a waiver for these conditions?

    Thanks for your prompt response.

  68. NCCM(ret) says:


    The hypertension is not waiverable, even if controlled with medication.

  69. Eric says:

    Thank you for your prompt response even though it is disappointing to hear. I was reallly looking forward to serving my country. However, I now see that this will never be a reality. Once again, I do appreciate you giving me clarity on this issue.



  70. alex says:

    I im 18 years old and im thinking about joining the navy,but i have flat feets. Will this be a discualifier and what would be the reason for flat feets to be a discualifier? I got some shoes insoles made about 10 months ago because I wanted better arch support.
    Also during my school sports physical checkup the doctor checking my heart beat sayed I had a heart murmur( I’VE READED THAT THESE IS NORMAL IN YOUNG PEOPLE). I had to go get a cardiologist note saying that i was ok to play sports. The cardiologist told me I had RIGHT BUNDLE BRANCH BLOCK(I’VE READ THAT MANY HEALTHY INDIVIDUALS HAVE THESE AND IT DOESNT AFFECT THEIR LIFE)but found no heart murmur. He gave me the approval note saying that i was ok to play sports. I wrestled for my school without any problem at all. Can these be a discualifier?

  71. NCCM(ret) says:


    For the flat feet – if they do not have a history of causing you discomfort (asymptomatic) – you should be fine.

    For the heart murmur – I have seen many people who claimed to have a murmur pass and a few fail – I don’t know precisely what the MEPS doctor is listening for, so submit whatever documents you have and go to MEPS – let us know how it turns out.

  72. Samantha Jones says:

    I had an anxiety attack recently. I wanted to know how long I would have to go without having one and how I would have to go without medication of any kind, before I might be able to qualify for enlistment. I’m aware that at present I wouldn’t qualify, but I was wondering how long it would be until I had a chance at it and what other things might have to happen in order for me to qualify.

  73. NCCM(ret) says:


    The length of time depends on the actual medication used and the prognosis of you doctor. Once you are off medication, have your Recruiter submit you documents to find out the time you would have to wait, if any.

  74. Ty says:

    I had PRK eye surgery done 1 year ago. I now see 20/15. I have passed the PST for the Navy SEALs and now I’m waiting to see if they will approve the waiver for the surgery on my eyes. It has been about 2 weeks since I went to MEPs. My recruiter keeps telling me that he is not sure what is taking so long. Do you know how long it usually takes for a waiver and is there any chance it could be disapproved.


  75. NCCM(ret) says:

    Of course there is a chance it could be disapproved or it wouldn’t require the waiver. The Recruiter’s supervisor should be able to track your waiver down to at least see where in the process it is, but two weeks wait isn’t way out of bounds for some of these waivers – your waiver might need CNRC and the Spec War community to approve it which would extend the time you wait.

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