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To all of you ADD/ADHD folks
Last Post 09 Dec 2012 10:47 PM by captkyguy. 10 Replies.
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29 Nov 2012 09:14 PM
    Hi everyone-

    After researching the military's stance on ADD/ADHD, I realized it's an uphill battle, but a battle I don't mind going into if it means I can serve my country. I spoke to my recruiter and he told me to gather the necessary documents and submit to him before fully bowing out of the race. 

    This post will serve as a timeline of my interaction with my recruiter and MEPS and any results that come out of the process. 

    About my ADHD:
    -Taken the medication for 10 cumulative months since my 14th birthday. (DoD restriction is 24)
    -I've never required special attention in work or school.
    -I've maintained a 3.0 GPA throughout college and will be graduating in May 2013 with a Bachelor's Degree. (DoD minimum is 2.0 GPA).
    -I've been officially taken off my meds by my prescriber. 

    What did I do? I assembled a strong packet for submission. I made a folder with: DoD medical enlistment guidelines highlighting policy on ADHD; a signed letter from my prescriber officially taking me off of the medication; an official copy of my college transcript highlighting my GPA; an official copy of all my pharmacy history records after the age of 14. 

    Once I assembled these documents, I went to the DoD guidelines and tied each document to each requirement giving solid 100% proof that I fall within the standards.

    I believe my journey will be a benchmark for you future applicants as to what your chances of success could be. 

    Cheers to all! I'll be submitting my package to my recruiter on Monday, December 3, 2012.
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    29 Nov 2012 09:15 PM
    For the record, I'm applying as a Reserve BM in Philadelphia area.
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    29 Nov 2012 09:22 PM
    Posted By domperilli on 29 Nov 2012 10:14 PM

    a benchmark for you future applicants as to what your chances of success could be. 
     

    I hope it all works out for you.  However, the results of your case really doesn't have any bearing on the thousands of others with a history of ADD/ADHD.  In most cases, the recruiter will turn them down from the beginning.  For the the ones that do get slightly further in the process, MEPS will disqualify the majority of them, and in most of those cases, it will be before they even make it inside the MEPS building. 

    The medical standards are simply guidelines.  If MEPS feel that they want to enforce them in a more strict manner, they are within their rights to do so.  I had an applicant that was taken off the meds at age 8, and was still disqualified, even though he was 6 years shy of the age 14 limit.  Because of my experiences with my applicants in the past, I know that the odds of getting them through are as close to impossible as we can get.  Therefore, I choose not to waste their time or my time in most cases.  It is not anything personal.  In fact, it's quite the opposite.  Because I care about the applicants, I don't want to get their hopes up, only to crush them down the road.
    You can meet the standard, or you can set the standard. It's your choice.
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    29 Nov 2012 09:29 PM
    Posted By Cooch on 29 Nov 2012 10:22 PM
    Posted By domperilli on 29 Nov 2012 10:14 PM

    a benchmark for you future applicants as to what your chances of success could be. 
     

    I hope it all works out for you.  However, the results of your case really doesn't have any bearing on the thousands of others with a history of ADD/ADHD.  In most cases, the recruiter will turn them down from the beginning.  For the the ones that do get slightly further in the process, MEPS will disqualify the majority of them, and in most of those cases, it will be before they even make it inside the MEPS building. 

    The medical standards are simply guidelines.  If MEPS feel that they want to enforce them in a more strict manner, they are within their rights to do so.  I had an applicant that was taken off the meds at age 8, and was still disqualified, even though he was 6 years shy of the age 14 limit.  Because of my experiences with my applicants in the past, I know that the odds of getting them through are as close to impossible as we can get.  Therefore, I choose not to waste their time or my time in most cases.  It is not anything personal.  In fact, it's quite the opposite.  Because I care about the applicants, I don't want to get their hopes up, only to crush them down the road.

    Like my dad always told me, if you don't try what are you good for? 
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    29 Nov 2012 09:36 PM
    And I agree and wish you all the luck in the world.
    You can meet the standard, or you can set the standard. It's your choice.
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    29 Nov 2012 09:37 PM
    Posted By Cooch on 29 Nov 2012 10:36 PM
    And I agree and wish you all the luck in the world.

    Thank you, sir. I do appreciate your bluntness.
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    29 Nov 2012 09:45 PM
    Sometimes the answers I give are far from what the applicants want to hear. I understand that nobody likes to be told no. However, if I were to give them false hope, I wouldn't be doing them any favors. It's hard to not seem like the bad guy most of the time.
    You can meet the standard, or you can set the standard. It's your choice.
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    04 Dec 2012 02:56 PM
    Hi All-

    I submitted my entire package yesterday (Monday) including every medical document, doctors note I could find (20 pages total).

    For the record, I sent my recruiter an email a few days after my phone pre-screen telling him I was basically going to retract my application because of my grim chances of being accepted. He called me the next day saying to gather all my documents and send it to him before dropping out. You should all do the same.

    Stay tuned...
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    06 Dec 2012 12:57 PM
    Welp, couldn't say I didn't try.

    Recruiter called me today and told me since I was prescribed one prescription of meds within the last 12 months, I'm medically DQ'd for Coast Guard. He said to try a DoD branch and I will most likely be accepted.

    Just thought I'd share!

    Thank you all for the help - especially captkyguy and Cooch.
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    06 Dec 2012 01:33 PM
    This is one area where I don't enjoy being right. Sorry to hear the news. Good luck in whatever you pursue.
    You can meet the standard, or you can set the standard. It's your choice.
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    09 Dec 2012 10:47 PM
    That sucks…but you tried and did your best. MEPS sucks!
    I want to finally set it free, So show me how to see what Your mercy sees, Help me now to give what You gave to me...Forgiveness, Forgiveness
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