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Medical history question
Last Post 18 Sep 2017 07:19 AM by Firecapt83. 5 Replies.
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12 Sep 2017 03:57 PM
    Hello all, I am brand new on here because as much info that is out there on the internet, it is still hard to find factual updated information on the coast guard. I set this account up because my son who is now 16, a junior in high school and is interested in the coast guard. I was active duty army (MP) from 97-01. Seems like things have changed since then. 

    When I went through meps my recruiter absolutely drilled into my head that every single solitary question they will ask you is NO. I had nothing serious, just a couple previous broken bones from childhood injuries, but still the answer is NO NO NO to everything they ask (including broken bones). Everyone I chatted with at meps and if the topic got brought up in the army, said other recruiters said the same thing. I imagine something like a seizure disorder or asthma would be obvious but they were talking about things they wouldn't know unless you told them. 

    Now about my son and possible concerns:

    My son was diagnosed with ADHD in the second grade. He took vivanse up until his freshman year and decided he did not want to be on it anymore because he didn't like the way he felt on it. So currently, he has been off for around a year and a half functioning fine. We are in Texas and football is a way of life down here. Playing, he has broken a finger once and received 2 concussions. Went through the whole concussion process, met with a concussion specialist and was cleared both times. I was wondering if these are possible disqualifies. 

    Also, I was curious about marijuana experimenting. Back in 96 I admitted to smoking pot in high school but I was told it was ok and was still allowed to be an MP and qualified for a secret security clearance. Is the coast guard stricter on drug usage?

    Thank you all. Anything helps



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    12 Sep 2017 10:22 PM
    I wouldn't hide anything from the recruiter. If your son can enlist then thats great. If not then he can't.
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    13 Sep 2017 08:00 AM
    I will echo what m1a says. Your son needs to be up front with his recruiter. If he gets in based on false info, and it's found out later, he can be kicked out for fraudulent enlistment, which carries with it an RE4 re enlistment code (barred from re enlistment in any branch). If he gets initially denied based on a medical condition, his recruiter can always request a waiver.
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    14 Sep 2017 03:28 PM
    The ADHD, you say he stopped taking the medication. Did HE decide to stop taking it or did a doctor ok stopping the medication? If he just decided, dad don't refill this, I have no need for it... as far as the military is concerned, he is still taking it. Stopping a medication must be done under doctor's supervision. That diagnosis is often a DQ, not always, but often. You still MUST disclose it. The broken fingers and concussions, also, MUST disclose. What he does not have to disclose is one year at Thanksgiving Aunt Fanny said I got stung by a bee as an infant and swelled like a Macy's parade balloon, so I'm allergic. NO, that is nor something you "disclose" because that is not a diagnosis. Anything a doctor or hospital has a record of, must be disclosed.

    The question about drugs... If it was a one time thing, gave it a whirl, never did it again. It is an overlookable thing. If there are any charges, school, cops, anything, it must be disclosed and that will not be looked on kindly. Even one time, if a recruiter is greatly against any use, it could result in a no thank you answer. The best policy, all the time, is honesty. If you aren't honest, you have to remember who you told what lie to. The truth just rolls off your tongue and you never have to worry what did I tell this one or that one.
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    14 Sep 2017 03:29 PM
    Another question... You have a screen name of FireCapt and are from Texas. A very good friend of mine, and long time member on this forum, is a Captain in the Garland, Texas fire department. Would you happen to be in the same area?
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    18 Sep 2017 07:19 AM
    Thank you all for the answers. Of course, at the time 10 years ago you don't think about things like this. You get letters and complaints from teachers requesting that he see a counselor because he blurts out answers in class, gets out of his seat, etc. The prescribing physician is his pediatric PCP. He decided he didn't want to take it anymore and I let him see how he felt not being on it. So he stopped taking it and never refilled it. On one of the concussion visits, they asked if he needed a refill and he just said he did not need the medication anymore. They seemed ok and not concerned about it. Reading some of these other boards it sounds like ADHD/ADD is a huge NO in the military or at least the Coast Guard since that's what I've been researching.

    Old Guard2, I am a fire department Captain but not in the Garland area. I work in Houston. My son was already interested in the Coast Guard and as far as colleges go he doesn't really know yet but 2 that he's mentioned are A&M-Galveston and A&M-Corpus Christi. He just likes the water/coast in general I think. After hurricane Harvey his interest in the Coast Guard peaked even more
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