Joining the Army and getting a medical waiver.

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ASpeedyTurtle
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I recently tried to join the air force ( I realize this is an army forum, just stay with me) and I was disqualified due to the two very very small patches of psoriasis on my arm. The request for a waiver was sent to the SG and it was subsequently denied. After some very long and careful consideration I went back to my dermatologist and completed my treatments that have since made my psoriasis completely disappear. I have reconsidered and I now have decided I want to give the army a shot. My concern now is still getting a waiver. Im wondering if it will be any easier getting a waiver now that the psoriasis is not at all visible. I cant lie and say I never had it because they will be able to see my previous DQ and the reason for it. So can anyone give any helpful advise on how to approach this?

Also I understand the reason for psoriasis being a DQ is due to concerns about the smallpox vaccine. However during my hours of researching this topic Ive come across a new drug called IMVAMUNE. It is a smallpox vaccine that has been developed for the specific purpose of vaccinating people such as myself who have autoimmune conditions without worrying about the adverse reactions. Thus eliminating the main reason for my military DQ.

http://www.bavarian-nordic.com/pipeline/imvamune.aspx

This is the link. I realize it says in the first lines its not approved in the US yet, however it also says it is being stockpiled by the U.S. Government for emergency use in people for whom replicating smallpox vaccines are contraindicated. Do you think this may effect my waiver request in any way?
Thank you all for your time and any help is appreciated.

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MSG Glenn
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@ASpeedyTurtle

Although this goes back a number of years ago & policy changes more often than some people change their socks but I knew a guy, former Coast Guard who was interested in joining the Army - Active Duty, Reserve or Guard - he hadn't made up his mind. He was honest & told his Recruiter that he had psoriasis at one time but had no symptoms whatsoever for over 10 years. (I have no idea how that happened but he thought it was an original misdiagnosis) Immediate disqualification. No waivers possible. There was no way of knowing that it was indeed a misdiagnosis even with a letter from his doc. I'm sure medicine & treatment has progressed a lot since then.

Psoriasis is something I know very little about except after I retired I worked in Security & the coworker that relieved me at shift change had it big-time. The whole guard shack would be covered with skin flakes. I asked him if he was being treated & he said he was under constant observation by doctors seeking a cure. I assume that you weren't that bad, LOL. I think he might have mentioned it had something to do with a vaccine he had received as a child but I'm just guessing.

As for waiver requests - I have no idea how the waiver system works. I've known of some simple waivers that took months to get approved while other more complicated ones took only days. I have a feeling that it keeps getting kicked upstairs & sits on the desk at each level until the person gets to it. Just stay in touch with your Recruiter. You never know what can happen even in the near future. The whole waiver system hinges on how bad the Army or the Military in general needs people.

The best of luck to you & please let us know of any new developments. Maybe another branch? Although I think all branches disqualify for the same health reasons.

Yolandan05
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Needing a waiver for an allergy

Hello, im in the process of trying to join the army active duty, I went to meps the other day and was told that I needed to gain 2 more pounds and come back to weigh in again and get a waiver for being allergic to codeine . Does anyone know how long a waiver for an allergy to codeine would take ? and would I still be able to enlist being allergic to something like that ?

Yolandan05
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Needing a waiver for an allergy

Hello, im in the process of trying to join the army active duty, I went to meps the other day and was told that I needed to gain 2 more pounds and come back to weigh in again and get a waiver for being allergic to codeine . Does anyone know how long a waiver for an allergy to codeine would take ? and would I still be able to enlist being allergic to something like that ?

MSG Glenn
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@ Yolanda

Easy enough to gain 2 pounds so that solves one problem, LOL.

I wish I could give you a time frame for when your waiver will be approved. There is no pattern in that process. Some take awhile & some come right away. I think it depends on how high up the chain it has to be sent. Did your Recruiter give you any ideas? The one thing that could hold it up is how busy the waivering authority is. I think you got to a Recruiter before the real busy season. That's normally just before graduations & can last most of the summer.

If they are putting an approval for waiver in for you there's a good chance that it's going to be waived. Otherwise they wouldn't bother. Obviously it isn't an automatic disqualification.

Good luck & keep me updated!

Yolandan05
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Yea they told me that once I

Yea they told me that once I came back to get Weighed in again I could go to my liaisons to send My Waiver Up but I was never seen by a doctor in reference to Weather I'm actually allergic when I took it I was just told to take some Benadryl take a nap and dont finished the prescription

MSG Glenn
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If...

... a doctor didn't tell you were allergic then it didn't happen. I don't know how it can be determined that you're allergic to anything unless you actually suffered some after affects of a prescription. I had some dental work while I was in the Navy (I picked up some shrapnel that went through the corner of my mouth & broke some teeth.) It didn't hurt a lot so the doc told me I could just take some aspirin even though he gave me a prescription. He told me some people are allergic to that prescription & there was no way to know whether I was one of them. To be on the safe side I should take it only if I had to. That didn't make me allergic to it & it wasn't placed in my record that I was.

Again - the best of luck & let me know what happens.