Just some questions about enlistment...

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Joined: 07/19/2017

Alright, so. I'll get right into it.

I'm currently 19 years old for future reference.

After a dysfunctional upbringing within a broken family, I've decided to join the military.

I've been out of high school for 2 years now, which has given me time to clear up issues with my past (which I have done), find semi-stable employment as well as to decide which employment / career / educational path that I wish to pursue at this point in my life.

When I was between the ages of 6 - 14, roughly, I was diagnosed with a host of psychiatric issues such as ADHD, OCD, Tourette syndrome and a learning disorder. I was medicated from around the ages of 6 to 17. However, I have been off of all these medications for 2 years. I have two doctor's notes which state that these diagnosises are currently invalid, are not current and one of the notes states that I didn't even have these diagnosises to begin with. Me, my family and my current GP dispute these diagnosises because it's known nowadays that my behavior, attitudes and day-to-day routines of my childhood and earlier adolescence were all issues which stemmed from the toxic social and environmental conditions of my past, not a psychiatric illness.

Would these two doctor's notes usually suffice with the medical background check? Would you imagine that a waiver would be required? Can somebody be permanently refused enlistment simply on the grounds of medical history / medication history, even if the person was misdiagnosed like I was (and it's recently been proven that I have been, so I'm not just saying this) and then wrongfully medicated?

Second question:

What is the process for a non-citizen to join the United States Army? Are there certain jobs within enlisted and NCO MOSes which are restricted to American citizens? What immigration / resident status is required to join the United States Army?

These are all of the questions I have for now.

Thanks and kind regards,

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MSG Glenn
Joined: 08/31/2010
@ George

George, contact a Recruiter soon. I know that legal non-citizens are allowed to enlist & that they can't hold any MOSs that require a security clearance but they're also given a fast track to citizenship.

As far as your non-issue issues go you have a good start on your documentation. A Recruiter will tell you if you need more & if you qualify for enlistment. The final determination rests with MEPS & the docs there.

I can't stress it enough - contact a Recruiter. He has all the latest recruitment policies & he knows what the trend is regarding waivers if required.

Good luck & keep me updated.