So long story short, I had thought my allergies would not be a problem when I try to enlist, but the more I read the more the answers to my questions vary. I spent my childhood taking zyrtec and singular for seasonal allergies, only to find out at 16 after a skin test I am actually allergic to cats and dust instead. I began allergy shots at 16 or 17 and have been on maintenance for 2+ years and now have zero symptoms. Even prior to shots, I never had severe symptoms, just annoying runny noses, sneezing, etc. The allergist tested me for asthma before the shots and it was negative.
My main question is about whether I need a waiver or not. I read that if your doctor takes you off the shot after you have completed at least 3 maintenance years and you have no symptoms and no history of anaphylaxis (and waited 12+ months after getting off to enlist), you meet the standard. Does "meeting the standard" mean that I do not need a waiver, or only that I may be eligible to apply for one?
I realize no one can tell me whether my waiver will be approved, but does the fact that the shots were not for food/severe/life-threatening allergies help, or does it really only matter that my allergies were bad enough that I needed treatment?
Thank you for your time, I am hoping to enlist as soon as I finish my degree so in the meantime, I've been trying to learn as much as I can to hopefully make the process smoother. Thanks!