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Anxiety Disqualifying?
Last Post 20 Mar 2019 08:46 PM by CPORJM. 2 Replies.
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19 Mar 2019 02:22 PM
    Hello everyone, I am interested (and have been for a long time) in joining the USCG Reserve. However, I am concerned that because I am on an SSRI, I will be disqualified. To make a long story short, I was diagnosed with anxiety. Will having a history of anxiety disqualify me completely? Conversely, if I can get off the SSRI I was prescribed (under a doctor’s supervision for a prolonged time) am I eligible to enlist? I am in good physical health, have a full-time job, a Bachelor’s Degree, a Master’s Degree, and soon a Juris Doctor. My anxiety is well-controlled and doesn’t impede my judgment or ability to function in society, as evidenced by the aforementioned. Can MEPS issue a waiver for anxiety, if I can demonstrate that it hasn't and won't inhibit my ability to perform the duties necessary? Thanks all,
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    20 Mar 2019 11:14 AM
    Hey there Purell. Here's the current Medical Manual:

    https://media.defense.gov/2018/Jul/05/2001939216/-1/-1/0/CIM_6000_1F.PDF

    It speaks specifically to anxiety disorders. It doesn't look like it's a complete disqualifier but it does mention that you have to be off treatment (including medication) for at least 24 continuous months. Maybe this is waiverable but that would be a conversation between you and the recruiter.
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    20 Mar 2019 08:46 PM
    Posted By nengland on 20 Mar 2019 12:14 PM
    Hey there Purell. Here's the current Medical Manual:

    https://media.defense.gov/2018/Jul/05/2001939216/-1/-1/0/CIM_6000_1F.PDF

    It speaks specifically to anxiety disorders. It doesn't look like it's a complete disqualifier but it does mention that you have to be off treatment (including medication) for at least 24 continuous months. Maybe this is waiverable but that would be a conversation between you and the recruiter.
    The DoD Medical Standards for Enlistment ( https://www.esd.whs.mil/Portals/54/Documents/DD/issuances/dodi/613003p.pdf?ver=2018-05-04-113917-883 ) states you must be free of symptoms and out of treatment for at least 36 months, not 24. This is the document all branches use to determine medical suitability for enlistment. Understand, too, that your recruiter is not under any obligation to apply for a waiver for you ( if this is indeed waiverable).  The CG always gets more applicants than it has spots for.  If your recruiter gets someone who has your skills and background, but not the waiver issue, they're likely going to go with that person.  It's just one less thing busy recruiters have to deal with.  Not saying this to rain on your parade, but just be sure to have a plan B in mind in the event this doesn't pan out.
    "When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him."-Jonathan Swift
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