Weight Loss Surgery

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I know this is probably a long shot, but I want to join and I had gastric bypass surgery a year ago. I am 32 years old, I am in the best shape of my life!! I have run 5K's, 10K's, half-marathon, and will be running my first full marathon in May. Still working on upper body strength, but I can and will be able to meet all the requirements of joining. I now meet the weight requirements and can eat most foods without issues, the only difference now is that I can't eat alot all at once. I feel like an entirely different person, with a new mindset, focus, motivation, and determination to live my new lifestyle for the rest of my life. I love my country and I want to serve my country with honor and pride. I also have a bachelor's degree in Sociology, but have worked in IT for 13 years at various levels, currently as a Systems Administration. I have a loving family at home, who will proudly call themselves Army brats and Army wife. :)

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anewme (not verified)
I think I found my answer


i. Other. History of any gastrointestinal procedure for the control of obesity is disqualifying. Artificial openings, including, but not limited to ostomy (V44), are disqualifying.

:( I know that my lack of self-discipline lead me down the dangerous path that put me at an unhealthy weight. I accept responsibility for my mistakes, but I am a new person today than I was over a year ago. I grew up an Army brat and had dreams of serving for years. I am really saddened, sure I can serve my country in other ways, but it's not the same as being privileged to call yourself a soldier.

I have heard of people lying to get into the service, not just about gastric bypass surgery, but many things. I think that is wrong, it's fraudulent. I want to join honestly.

Are you able to get a waiver for a past gastric bypass surgery? But if I don't meet the requirements then I am probably fighting a losing battle.

God Bless you all.

MSG Glenn
Joined: 08/31/2010
I don't think...

...that you'd be able to get a waiver, anewme. I really can't say for sure but what I do know is waivers are very hard to get these days for anything, even some minor stuff. It won't hurt you to give it a try. Contact a Recruiter. The only thing you'll lose is a little time.

That failing maybe there's someting you can do as a civilian employee of the Army or DoD.

Joined: 03/24/2013
Join my blog and vent

I created a blog so that we can vent about this stuff. I'm an OIF veteran. I was in the Army reserves for 10 years. After I got out I gained a lot of weight and was considering going back in but was told i can't because of my weight. After trying multiple ways to lose weigh with no success I had bariatric surgery done last month thinking that once I met the weight standards I could try again. To my dismay, i found out that it permanently disqualifies you. So now, I'm venting on my blog about it. Many people after bariatric surgery are healthier and fitter than some people in the military, so I really don't think it's fair.

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Joined: 04/06/2015


Joined: 11/09/2015
gastric sleeve

hy, I also had gastric sleeve last year and know I'm really happy with the results beside the fact I have severe hair loss.. Placidway really helped me pass by it

MSG Glenn
Joined: 08/31/2010
Be advised...

...that any surgery that you go through to help you qualify for enlistment in the Army could be cause to disqualify you by itself. Always check with a Recruiter first. If he doesn't know then find someone who does.

Joined: 04/20/2016

i have started a petition on www.change.org for the president to let WLS patients join the military

MSG Glenn
Joined: 08/31/2010
@ imartinez787

I don't think a petition would do much good. The Military isn't a democratic organization. Rules & regulations aren't voted on. There are determinations made solely for the good of the service. If it's been determined that certain surgeries (for instance) could be detrimental to the well being & safety of the prospective Soldier or to the function of the unit he might be assigned to then it won't be allowed. In times of deep Military cuts like we're going through now the Army & the other services can be very selective to who they allow to enlist. In times of a great need for manpower the standards are lowered to a certain extent. I can remember not too many years ago where even some felons were allowed waivers for enlistment.

The President will more than likely get the opinions from the Secretary of Defense who gets his feedback from his Admirals & Generals who get their feedback from their commanders in the field or at sea, etc, etc. as well as the top Medical Officers in the services.