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A little confused on allergy standard for CG
Last Post 03 Aug 2018 02:03 PM by CPORJM. 1 Replies.
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09 Jul 2018 03:11 PM
    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!
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    03 Aug 2018 02:03 PM
    No one here can tell you whether or not you need a waiver. That's something that will need to be discussed with your recruiter after your MEPS visit, should you be disqualified.
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