Would i be able to enlist

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jaiforlian
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Joined: 08/08/2012

i'm a 15 year old going into my junior year of high school. i had brain surgery last year i now have a plate and screws in my head. i also have asthma that is seasonaly enduced. i was just wondering if i would be able to join.

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Colin
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Joined: 08/16/2010
Asthma will probably be a

Asthma will probably be a disqualifying factor. Asthma is disqualifying if it meets the following criteria:

Asthma, including reactive airway disease, exercise-induced bronchospasm or asthmatic bronchitis, reliably diagnosed and symptomatic after the 13th birthday. Diagnostic criteria may include
any of the following elements: substantiated history of cough, wheeze, chest tightness, and/or dyspnea that persists or recurs over a prolonged period of time, generally more than 12 months.

I'm not sure about the metal plate - it may be worth talking to a recruiter about, but I wouldn't bother until your a few years older and could potentially enlist. Who knows what may change between now and then.

MSG Glenn
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Joined: 08/31/2010
Too many issues

I think you'll have a hard time enlisting. If you would have had childhood asthma before your 13th birthday & are totally clear of it after that you'd have a chance. Brain surgery & a plate by itself would probably be a disqualifier.

You could still serve in a civilian capacity. Depending on job openings there are many civilian positions in the Army. Those jobs are non-combatant & mostly in the States although there are some possibilities overseas.

Good luck!

weloveithere
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Joined: 08/15/2012
your enlistment question.

Hi,
Im a Ssgt assigned with the 75th. I will say that the army offers many medical waivers, and criminal back ground waiver, and tattoo waivers. I have seen instances where certain types of asthma have been waive. types not requiring consistent use of inhalers. i also have a metal plate in my head by i got an enlistment waiver and am now a F.O. working in the rangers. So my best advice is simply this. Study up for the ASVAB. go to your local U.S. Army recruiting station, do not notify him of the asthma till after you have scored over a 75 on the pre-test. The ask to take the real one. if you score close to an 80 or higher, then tell him of the asthma. the reason behind this young man is that everyone in the army is a soldier, but not all m.o.s.'s require you to be a physical as others.so he may know of a way to get you in. good luck, but either way, know that your simple desire to join and fight for our country is just as admirable as you serving, and even if you don't get in and you deel that i am setting you up for a potential heart break, DONT THINK LIKE THAT! being a soldier in this army for almost 10 years, i will say that one thing you will learn is how to handle disappointment, persistence beats all adversities, and nothing beats a failure but a try, And you'll never know for sure if you can enlist or not, unless you take your self out there and try your hardest to get in. At least you will be able to say; you passed the test, you knew which jobs you qualified for, where you may have went for training, your test score, and the fact that you didn't just stop because someone said you might not be able to do it so why try!
give it hell buddy!