Medical TDQ's and Eligibility (Blood Pressure & Medicine Related)?

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I am wondering what the standards are for the Army for things such as High Blood Pressure, ruled heriditary and able to be controlled with Diet and excercise, after a person was put on a medication, nothing serious, just simple things such as water pills and small doses of controllers?

I have a friend who was in processing for the Air Force, went to MEPS was TDQ'd due to high blood pressure and then was put on that sort of medicine. He has been off of it for around 2 weeks or so and just recently spoke to an AF recruiter who told him that no matter what they would like him to be off of the medication for a year and then he could have the ability to waiver. Does the military check for things such as medical history of the sort and/or does the Army have a different standard in that field. I know plenty of Army, Air Force, and Marine recruits who are now on a high blood pressure medicine of the sort while in the military.

Could it at all be possible to fill out the 3 day check that the DOD has sent him in paperwork and then work with the army from then on? http://army.com/info/usa/physical#vascular would it count as the Hypertensive Vascular Disease if not ruled caused by anything besides Heriditary and can be controlled?

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MSG Glenn
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Most of your questions...

...will have to be answered by a competent medical person who knows military rules & policies. I don't think there's anyone on this site that can give you an answer & I wouldn't be surprised if even a Recruiter can tell you for sure. The physical exam at MEPS would be the determining factor.

Most of the services have about the same enlistment policies. A lot depends on how bad those services need people. Right now enlistment standards are about as strict as I've seen it. The Army & Marines probably have a slightly stricter policy but not much. We're involved in basically a ground war & ground troops are the the priority. However the Army has been ordered to downsize, the war in Afghanistan is winding down & the civilian job situation stinks. Army Recruiting has absolutely no problem meeting their mission.

What I CAN tell you is that I've never known anybody successfully join the Army while on meds & that year that the AF told your friend sounds about right. The Army does not want to be responsible for the health of someone that enters with a disease or affliction. Tney'd like to make sure that the cure was successful & not reoccur.