Physical and Health

In general the US Army requires you to be:
  1. Free of contagious diseases that would likely endanger the health of other personnel.
  2. Free of medical conditions or physical defects that would require excessive time lost from duty for necessary treatment or hospitalization or would likely result in separation from the Army for medical unfitness.
  3. Medically capable of satisfactorily completing required training.
  4. Medically adaptable to the military environment without the necessity of geographical area limitations.
  5. Medically capable of performing duties without aggravation of existing physical defects or medical conditions.
You can read more about the height/weight standards for soldiers here. Some other general rules that apply include:
  • Waivers may be requested for medical defects, provided you are not under the care of a physician or taking medication for the defect.
  • The Standards of Medical Fitness states that "Current or history of diabetes mellitus (250) does not meet the standard." If you take pills or insulin shots for diabetes, you are disqualified. If you can control it by watching your food, there is a very slim chance you might get a waiver.
  • Waivers are NOT authorized for confirmed positive results for the presence of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or antibody.
  • You will be tested for the presence of alcohol and drugs. If you refuse to submit to drug or alcohol testing, you will will be denied further processing and enlistment.
And there are a LOT of other conditions that can disqualify you from joining the US Army. If you have a specific question about a condition, you should fill out this form and click the Submit button to have someone contact you to discuss your specific case. The following list is not complete, and is based of the most current revision (8/23/2010). To see the complete document, click here.

A Partial List of Disqualifying Medical Conditions

Abdominal organs and gastrointestinal system Esophagus
  • Current or history of esophageal disease, including, but not limited to ulceration, varices, fistula, achalasia, or Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD).
Stomach
  • Current gastritis, ulcer, or history of surgery for peptic ulceration or perforation.
Small and large intestine
  • Current or history of irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s disease), ulcerative colitis, or ulcerative proctitis, intestinal malabsorption syndromes, gastrointestinal functional and motility disorders within the past 2 years, or bowel resection.
History of Gastrointestinal bleeding Hepatic-biliary tract
  • Current acute or chronic hepatitis, hepatitis carrier state, hepatitis in the preceding 6 months, or persistenceof symptoms after 6 months, or objective evidence of impairment of liver function.
  • Current or history of cirrhosis, hepatic cysts, abscess, or sequelae of chronic liver disease, symptomatic cholecystitis, pancreatitis, metabolic liver disease, or enlargement of the liver from any cause.
Anorectal
  • Current anal fissure, hemorrhoid (internal or external) when large, symptomatic, or with a history of bleeding within the last 60 days, or current or history of anal or rectal polyp.
Spleen
  • Current splenomegaly, or history of splenectomy, except when resulting from trauma.
Abdominal
  • Current hernia, including, but not limited to uncorrected inguinal, and other abdominal wall hernias, or open or laparoscopic abdominal surgery during the preceding 6 months.
History of any gastrointestinal procedure for the control of obesity.

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Blood and blood-forming tissue diseases

  • Anemia
  • Hemorrhagic disorders
  • Leukopenia

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Dental

  • Current diseases of the jaw (temporomandibular disorders, etc.), severe malocclusion which interferes with normal mastication, insufficient natural healthy teeth or lack of a serviceable prosthesis that prevents adequate incision and mastication of a normal diet

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Ears Outer Ear

  • Any external ear deformity which interferes with proper wearing of hearing protection.
Middle/Inner Ear
  • Current or history of chronic drainage, or conditions requiring frequent cleaning of mastoid bone.
  • Current or history of Ménière’s syndrome or other chronic diseases of the vestibular system.
  • Current or history of chronic otitis media (382), cholesteatoma, or history of anyinner or middle, ear surgery (including cochlear implantation).
  • Current perforation of the tympanic membrane or history of surgery to correct perforation during the preceding 120 days.

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Endocrine and metabolic disorder Current or history of ANY of the following disorders:

  • Adrenal dysfunction
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Persistent glycosuria (when associated with impaired glucose tolerance or renal tubular defects).
  • Acromegaly (including, but not limited to gigantism or other disorders of pituitary function).
  • Gout
  • Hypothyroidism (uncontrolled by medication
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Thyroiditis
  • Nutritional deficiency diseases (including, but not limited to beriberi, pellagra, and scurvy).
  • Other endocrine or metabolic disorders such as cystic fibrosis, porphyria, and amyloidosis that obviously prevent satisfactory performance of duty or require frequent or prolonged treatment.

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Upper Extremities Range of motion

  • Any inhibition in full range of motion for the shoulders, elbows, wrist, or fingers which inhibit performance of required duties.
Hand and Fingers
  • Absence of the distal phalanx of either thumb
  • Absence of middle or distal phalanx of index, middle, or ring finger of either hand, irrespective of the absence of the little finger.
  • Current absence of more than the distal phalanx of any two of the following fingers: index, middle finger, or ring finger of either hand
  • Current absence of hand or any portion thereof (except specific instances mentioned above.
  • Polydactyly
  • Scars and deformities of the fingers or hand that are symptomatic or that impair normal function to such a degree as to interfere with the satisfactory performance of duty.
  • Current intrinsic paralysis or weakness of upper limbs, including nerve paralysis, carpal tunnel and cubital syndromes, lesion of ulnar and radial nerv sufficient to produce physical findings in the hand, such as muscle atrophy and weakness.
  • Current disease, injury, or congenital condition with residual weakness or symptoms such as to prevent satisfactory performance of duty, including, but not limited to chronic joint pain: shoulder, upper arm, forearm, and hand, late effect of fracture of the upper extremities, late effect of sprains without mention of injury, and late effects of tendon injury.

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Lower Extremities Range of motion

  • Any inhibition in full range of motion for the hip, knee, and ankle which inhibit performance of required duties.
Foot and ankle
  • Absence of a foot or any portion thereof.
  • Current or history of deformities of the toes (acquired or congenital) including, but not limited to conditions such as hallux valgus, hallux varus, hallux rigidicus, hammer toe(s), claw toe(s), overriding toe(s), that prevents the proper wearing of military footwear or impairs walking, marching, running, or jumping.
  • Current or history of clubfoot or pes cavus that prevents the proper wearing of military footwear or impairs walking, marching, running, or jumping.
  • Current symptomatic pes planus (aquired or congenital) or history of pes planus corrected by prescription or custom orthotics.
  • Current ingrown toenails, if infected or symptomatic.
  • Current plantar fasciitis.
  • Current neuroma that is refractory to medical treatment, or impairs walking, marching, running, or jumping, or prevents the proper wearing of military footwear.
Leg, knee, thigh, and hip
  • Loose or foreign body in the knee joint.
  • History of uncorrected anterior or posterior cruciate ligament injury.
  • Current symptomatic injury of medial and lateral collateral ligament or mensicus.
  • Current or history of congenital dislocation of the hip, osteochondritis of the hip (Legg-Perthes disease), or slipped femoral epiphysis of the hip.
  • Hip dislocation within the past 2 years.
  • Disease, deformation, or chronic joint pain in lower extremities which interferes with function to such a degree as to prevent the individual from following a physically active vocation in civilian life, or that would interfere with walking, running, weight bearing, or the satisfactory completion of training or military duty.
  • Leg length discrepancy which results in a limp

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Miscellaneous conditions of the extremities

  • Current or history of chondromalacia, including, but not limited to chronic patello-femoral pain syndrome and retro-patellar pain syndrome, chronic osteoarthritis or traumatic arthritis.
  • Current joint dislocation if unreduced, or history of recurrent dislocations of any major joint such as shoulder, hip, elbow, knee, ankle, or instability of any major joint.
  • Current or history of chronic osteoarthritis or traumatic arthritis of isolated joints of more than a minimal degree that has interfered with the following of a physically active vocation in civilian life, or that prevents the satisfactory performance of military duty.
  • Malunion or non-union of any fractures.
  • Current retained hardware that is symptomatic, interferes with proper wearing of protective equipment or military uniform, and/or is subject to easy trauma is disqualifying. Retained hardware (including plates, pins, rods, wires, or screws used for fixation) is not disqualifying if fractures are healed, ligaments are stable, there is no pain, and it is not subject to easy trauma.
  • Current devices, including, but not limited to silastic or titanium, implanted to correct orthopedic abnormalities.
  • Current or history of contusion of bone or joint; an injury of more than a minor nature that will interfere or prevent performance of military duty, or will require frequent or prolonged treatment without fracture nerve injury, open wound, crush or dislocation, which occurred within the preceding 6 weeks.
  • History of joint replacement.
  • Current or history of muscular paralysis, contracture, or atrophy, if progressive or of sufficient degree to interfere with or prevent satisfactory performance of military duty or if it will require frequent or prolonged treatment.
  • Current osteoporosis, osteochondritis dessicans, osteomyelitis, osteochondromatosis or multiple cartilaginous exostose.

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Eyes Lids

  • Current blepharitis, chronic or acute, until cured.
  • Blepharospasm
  • Current dacryocystitis, acute or chronic.
  • Deformity of the lids, complete or extensive lid deformity, sufficient to interfere with vision or impair protection of the eye from exposure.
  • Current growths or tumors of the eyelid, other than small, non-progressive, asymptomatic, benign lesions.
Conjuctiva
  • Current chronic conjunctivitis, including, but not limited to trachoma and chronic allergic conjunctiviti.
  • Current or recurrent pterygium, if condition encroaches on the cornea in excess of 3 mm, or interferes with vision, or is a progressive peripheral pterygium, or recurring pterygium after two operations.
  • Xerophthalmia
Cornea
  • Current or history of corneal dystrophy of any type.
  • History of refractive surgery such as Lamellar and/or penetrating keratoplasty, Radial Keratotomy and Astigmatic Keratotomy.
  • Refractive surgery performed with an Excimer Laser, including but not limited to, Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK), Laser Epithelial Keratomileusis (LASEK), and Laser-Assisted in situ Keratomileusis (LASIK) is not disqualifying unless:
    • Pre-surgical refractive error in either eye exceeds + 8.00 to - 8.00 diopters.
    • 6 months recovery period has not occurred between last refractive surgery or augmenting procedure and accession medical examination.
    • There have been complications, and/or medications or ophthalmic solutions are required.
    • Post-surgical refraction in each eye is not stable.
    • Pre-surgical and post-surgical refractive error does not meet the standards for the military Service to which the candidate is applying.
  • Current keratitis, acute or chronic.
  • Current corneal vascularization or corneal opacification from any cause that is progressive or reduces vision below required standards.
Current or history of uveitis or iridocyclitis. Retina
  • Current or history of retinal defects and dystrophies, angiomatoses, retinoschisis and retinal cysts, phakomas, and other congenito-retinal hereditary conditions which impair vision.
  • Current or history of any chorioretinal or retinal inflammatory conditions,such as conditions leading to neovascularization, chorioretinitis, histoplasmosis, toxoplasmosis.
  • Current or history of degenerative changes of any part of the retina.
  • Current or history of detachment of the retina, history of surgery for same, or degeneration which may cause retinal detachment.
Optic nerve
  • Current or history of optic neuritis, such as neuroretinitis, or secondary optic atrophy.
  • Current or history of optic atrophy, or cortical blindness.
  • Current or history of papilledema.
Lens
  • Current aphakia, history of lens implant, or current or history of dislocation of a lens.
  • Current or history of opacities of the lens that interfere with vision or that are considered to be progressive, including cataract.
Ocular mobility and motility
  • Diplopia or nystagmus (except physiologic “end-point nystagmus”).
  • Esotropia and hypertropia
Miscellaneous defects and conditions
  • Current or history of abnormal visual fields due to disease, nervous disorders, or trauma.
  • Absence of an eye.
  • Asthenopia, unilateral or bilateral non-familial exophthalmos.
  • Current or history of glaucoma, such as primary, secondary, or pre-glaucoma.
  • Current loss of normal pupillary reflex reactions to accommodation or light.
  • Current night blindness.
  • Current or history of retained intraocular foreign body.
  • Current or history of any organic disease of the eye or adnexa not specified above, which threatens vision or visual function.

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Vision Visual acuity must be correctable to one of the following:

  • 20/40 in one eye and 20/70 in the other eye.
  • 20/30 in one eye and 20/100 in the other eye.
  • 20/20 in one eye and 20/400 in the other eye.
Miscellaneous
  • Current near visual acuity (367) of any degree that does not correct to 20/40 in the better eye.
  • Current refractive error (hyperopia, myopia, astigmatism), or history of refractive error prior to any refractive surgery manifest by any refractive error in spherical equivalent of worse than -8.00 or +8.00 diopters.
  • Current complicated cases requiring contact lenses for adequate correction of vision, such as corneal scars and irregular astigmatism.
  • Failure to pass a color vision test is not an automatic disqualification. Although there is no standard, color vision will be tested because adequate color vision is a prerequisite for entry into many military specialties.

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Genitalia Female Genitalia

  • Current or history of abnormal uterine bleeding, such as menorrhagia, metrorrhagia, or polymenorrhea.
  • Current unexplained amenorrhea.
  • Current or history of dysmenorrhea that is incapacitating to a degree recurrently necessitating absences of more than a few hours from routine activities.
  • Current or history of endometriosis.
  • History of major abnormalities or defects of the genitalia such as change of sex, hermaphroditism, pseudohermaphroditism, or pure gonadal dysgenesis, or dysfunctional residuals from surgical correction of these conditions.
  • Current or history of ovarian cysts, when persistent or symptomatic.
  • Current pelvic inflammatory disease, history of recurrent pelvic inflammatory disease, or current or history of chronic pelvic pain or unspecified symptoms associated with female genital organs.
  • Current pregnancy, until 6 months after the end of the pregnancy.
  • Congenital absence of, or enlargement of the uterus for any cause.
  • Current or history of genital infection or ulceration, such as herpes genitalis or condyloma acuminatum, if of sufficient severity to require frequent intervention.
  • Current abnormal gynecologic cytology, such as unspecified abnormalities of the Papanicolaou smear of the cervix (Pap smear) excluding Human Papilloma Virus or Low-Grade Squamous Intraepithelial Lesion.
Male Genitalia
  • Current absence of one or both testicles, either congenital or undescended.
  • Current epispadias or hypospadias, when accompanied by evidence of urinary tract infection, urethral stricture, or voiding dysfunction.
  • Current enlargement or mass of testicle or epididymis.
  • Current orchitis or epididymitis.
  • History of penis amputation.
  • Current or history of genital infection or ulceration, including, but not limited to herpes genitalis and condyloma acuminatum, if of sufficient severity to require frequent intervention or to interfere with normal function.
  • Current acute or chronic prostatitis.
  • Current hydrocele, if large or symptomatic.
  • Left varicocele if symptomatic, or associated with testicular atrophy, or vericocele larger than the testis or any right varicocele.
  • Current or history of chronic scrotal pain or unspecified symptoms associated with male genital organs.
  • History of major abnormalities or defects of the genitalia, such as a change of sex, hermaphroditism, pseudohermaphroditism, or pure gonadal dysgenesis or dysfunctional residuals from surgical correction of these conditions.

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Urinary System

  • Current cystitis, or history of chronic or recurrent cystitis.
  • Current urethritis, or history of chronic or recurrent urethritis.
  • History of enuresis or incontinence of urine after 13th birthday.
  • Current hematuria, pyuria, or other findings indicative of urinary tract disease.
  • Current urethral stricture or fistula.
Kidney
  • Current absence of one kidney, congenital or acquired.
  • Current pyelonephritis (chronic or recurrent) or any other unspecified infections of the kidney.
  • Current or history of polycystic kidney, horseshoe kidney, or hydronephrosis.
  • Current or history of acute or chronic nephritis.
Miscellaneous
  • Current or history of proteinuria (greater than 200 milligrams (mg)/24 hours; or a protein to creatinine ratio greater than 0.2 in a random urine sample, if greater than 48 hours after strenuous activity), unless consultation determines the condition to be benign orthostatic proteinuria.
  • Current or history of urolithiasis (592) within the preceding 12 months, or recurrent calculus, nephrocalcinosis, or bilateral renal calculi at any time.

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Head

  • Uncorrected deformities of the skull, face, or mandible of a degree that would prevent the individual from wearing a protective mask or military headgear.
  • Loss or absence of the bony substance of the skull not successfully corrected by reconstructive materials, or leaving residual defect in excess of 1 square inch.

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Neck

  • Current symptomatic cervical ribs.
  • Current or history of congenital cysts of branchial cleft origin or those developing from remnants of the thyroglossal duct, with or without fistulous tracts.
  • Current contraction of the muscles of the neck, spastic or non-spastic, or cicatricial contracture of the neck, to the extent that it interferes with the proper wearing of a uniform or military equipment or performing required duties.

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Heart

  • Current or history of all valvular heart diseases, congenital (746) or acquired (394), including those improved by surgery. Mitral valve prolapse or bicuspid aortic valve is not disqualifying unless there is associated tachyarrhythmia, mitral regurgitation, aortic stenosis, insufficiency, or cardiomegaly.
  • Current or history coronary heart disease.
  • Current or history of symptomatic arrhythmia or electrocardiographic evidence of arrhythmia.
  • Current or history of supraventricular tachycardia, or any arrhythmia originating from the atrium or sinoatrial node, such as atrial flutter, and atrial fibrillation, unless there has been no recurrence during the preceding 2 years while off all medications.
  • Current or history of ventricular arrhythmias, including ventricular fibrillation, tachycardia, or multifocal premature ventricular contractions (occasional asymptomatic unifocal premature ventricular contractions are not disqualifying).
  • Current or history of ventricular conduction disorders.
  • Current or history of conduction disturbances such as first degree AV block, left anterior hemiblock, right bundle branch block, or Mobitz type I second degree AV block.
  • Current cardiomegaly, hypertrophy, or dilatation of the heart.
  • Current or history of cardiomyopathy, including myocarditis, or congestive heart failure.
  • Current or history of pericarditis (acute nonrheumatic), unless the individual is free of all symptoms for 2 years, and has no evidence of cardiac restriction or persistent pericardial effusion.
  • Current persistent tachycardia (resting pulse rate of 100 beats per minute or greater).
  • Current or history of congenital anomalies of heart and great vessels, except for corrected patent ductus arteriosus.

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Vascular System

  • Current or history of abnormalities of the arteries and blood vessels,,such as aneurysms, atherosclerosis, or arteritis.
  • Current or history of hypertensive vascular disease.
  • History of pulmonary or systemic embolization.
  • Current or history of peripheral vascular disease, such as Raynaud’s Disease.
  • Current or history of venous diseases, including but not limited to, recurrent thrombophlebitis, thrombophlebitis during the preceding year, or any evidence of venous incompetence, such as large or symptomatic varicose veins, edema, or skin ulceration.

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Height Men

  • Height below 60 inches or over 80 inches.
Women
  • Height below 58 inches or over 80 inches.

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Weight

  • All enlistees must meet the guidelines found in these tables.

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Body build

  • The cause for rejection for appointment, enlistment, and induction is deficient muscular development that would interfere with the completion of required training.

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Lungs, chest wall, pleura, and mediastinum

  • Current abnormal elevation of the diaphragm, either side, or any nonspecific abnormal findings on radiological and other examination of body structure, such as lung field, or other thoracic or abdominal organ.
  • Current abscess of the lung or mediastinum.
  • Current or history of acute infectious processes of the lung, including but not limited to viral pneumonia, pneumococcal pneumonia, bacterial pneumonia, pneumonia other specified, pneumonia infectious disease classified elsewhere, bronchopneumonia organism unspecified, pneumonia organism unspecified, until cured.
  • 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.
  • Current bronchitis, acute or chronic, with symptoms over 3 months occurring at least twice a year.
  • Current or history of bronchiectasis.
  • Current or history of bronchopleural fistula unless resolved with no sequelae.
  • Current or history of bullous or generalized pulmonary emphysema.
  • Current chest wall malformation, including, but not limited to pectus excavatum, or pectus carinatum, if these conditions interfere with vigorous physical exertion.
  • History of empyema.
  • Current pulmonary fibrosis from any cause producing respiratory symptoms.
  • Current foreign body in lung, trachea, or bronchus.
  • History of lobectomy.
  • Current or history of pleurisy with effusion within the previous 2 years.
  • Current or history of pneumothorax occurring during the year preceding examination, if due to trauma or surgery. Or pneumothorax occurring during the 3 years preceding examination from spontaneous origin.
  • History of open or laparoscopic thoracic or chest wall (including breasts) surgery during the preceding 6 months.

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Mouth

  • Current cleft lip or palate defects, not satisfactorily repaired by surgery.
  • Current leukoplakia

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Nose, sinuses, and larynx

  • Current allergic rhinitis, due to pollen, or due to other allergen, or cause unspecified, if not controlled by oral medication or topical corticosteroid medication.
  • Current chronic non-allergic rhinitis, if not controlled by oral medication or topical corticosteroid medication.
  • Current chronic conditions of larynx including vocal cord paralysis, chronic hoarseness, chronic laryngitis, larynx ulceration, polyps, granulation tissue, or other symptomatic disease of larynx, vocal cord dysfunction.
  • Current anosmia or parosmia.
  • History of recurrent epistaxis, with greater than one episode per week of bright red blood from the nose occurring over a 3-month period.
  • Current nasal polyps or history of nasal polyps, unless greater than 12 months has elapsed since nasal polypectomy.
  • Current perforation of nasal septum.
  • Current chronic sinusitis, or current acute sinusitis. Such conditions exist when evidenced by chronic purulent nasal discharge, hyperplastic changes of the nasal tissue, symptoms requiring frequent medical attention, or x-ray findings.
  • Current or history of tracheostomy or tracheal fistula.
  • Current or history of deformities, or conditions or anomalies of the upper alimentary tract, of the mouth, tongue, palate throat, pharynx, larynx, and nose that interfere with chewing, swallowing, speech, or breathing.
  • Current chronic pharyngitis and chronic nasopharyngitis.

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Neurological disorders

  • Current or history of cerebrovascular conditions, including but not limited to subarachnoid or intracerebral hemorrhage, vascular insufficiency, aneurysm, or arteriovenous malformation.
  • History of congenital or acquired anomalies of the central nervous system or meningocele.
  • Current or history of disorders of meninges such as cysts.
  • Current or history of degenerative and hereditodegenerative disorders, including, but not limited to those disorders affecting the cerebrum, basal ganglia, cerebellum, spinal cord, or peripheral nerves.
  • History of recurrent headaches, including, but not limited to, migraines and tension headaches that interfere with normal function in the past 3 years, or of such severity to require prescription medications.
  • History of head injury will be disqualifying if associated with any of the following:
    • Post-traumatic seizure(s) occurring more than 30 minutes after injury.
    • Persistent motor or sensory deficits.
    • Impairment of intellectual function.
    • Alteration of personality.
    • Unconsciousness, amnesia, or disorientation of person, place, or time of 24-hours duration or longer post-injury.
    • Multiple fractures involving skull or face.
    • Cerebral laceration or contusion.
    • History of epidural, subdural, subarachnoid, or intercerebral hematoma.
    • Associated abscess or meningitis.
    • Cerebrospinal fluid rhinorrhea or otorrhea persisting more than 7 days.
    • Focal neurologic signs.
    • Radiographic evidence of retained foreign body or bony fragments secondary to the trauma and/or operative procedure in the brain.
    • Leptomeningeal cysts or Arteriovenous Fistula.
  • History of moderate head injury. Moderate head injuries are defined as unconsciousness, amnesia, or disorientation of person, place, or time alone or in combination, of more than 1 and less than 24-hours duration post-injury, or linear skull fracture. After 2 years post-injury, applicants may be qualified if neurological consultation shows no residual dysfunction or complications.
  • History of mild head injury. Mild head injuries are defined as a period of unconsciousness, amnesia, or disorientation of person, place, or time, alone or in combination of 1 hour or less post- injury. After 1 month post-injury, applicants may be qualified if neurological evaluation shows no residual dysfunction or complications.
  • History of persistent post-traumatic symptoms that interfere with normal activities or have duration of greater than 1 month. Such symptoms include, but are not limited to headache, vomiting, disorientation, spatial disequilibrium, impaired memory, poor mental concentration, shortened attention span, dizziness, or altered sleep patterns.
  • Current or history of acute infectious processes of the central nervous system, including, but not limited to meningitis, encephalitis, or brain abscess if occurring within 1 year before examination, or if there are residual neurological defects.
  • History of neurosyphilis of any form, including but not limited to general paresis, tabes dorsalis or meningovascular syphilis.
  • Current or history or narcolepsy or cataplexy.
  • Current or history of paralysis, weakness, lack of coordination, chronic pain, sensory disturbance, or other specified paralytic syndromes.
  • Epilepsy occurring beyond the 6th birthday, unless the applicant has been free of seizures for a period of 5 years while taking no medication for seizure control, and has a normal electroencephalogram.
  • Chronic nervous system disorders, such as myasthenia gravis, multiple sclerosis, and tic disorders (such as Tourett's).
  • Current or history of retained central nervous system shunts of all kinds.

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Learning, psychiatric and behavioral disorders

  • Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or Perceptual/Learning Disorder(s) does not meet the standard, unless applicant can demonstrate passing academic performance and there has been no use of medication(s) in the previous 12 months.
  • Current or history of academic skills or perceptual defects secondary to organic or functional mental disorders, including, but not limited to dyslexia, that interfere with school or employment. Applicants demonstrating passing academic and employment performance without utilization or recommendation of academic and/or work accommodations at any time in the previous 12 months may be qualified.
  • Current or history of disorders with psychotic features such as schizophrenia, paranoid disorder, and other unspecified psychosis.
  • Current mood disorders including, but not limited to, major depression, bipolar, affective psychoses, depressive not otherwise specified.
  • History of mood disorders requiring outpatient care for longer than 6 months by a physician or other mental health professional, or inpatient treatment in a hospital or residential facility.
  • History of symptoms consistent with a mood disorder of a repeated nature that impairs school, social, or work efficiency.
  • Current or history of adjustment disorders within the previous 3 months.
  • Current or history of conduct, or behavior disorders does not meet the standard. Recurrent encounters with law enforcement agencies, antisocial attitudes or behaviors are tangible evidence of impaired capacity to adapt to military service.
  • Current or history of personality disorder, as demonstrated by repeated inability to maintain reasonable adjustment in school, with employers or fellow workers, or other social groups.
  • Current or history of other behavior disorders, such as sleepwalking, Enuresis, encopresis or eating disorders, anorexia nervosa, bulimia, or unspecified disorders of eating after 13th birthday.
  • Any current receptive or expressive language disorder, such as any speech impediment, stammering and stuttering of such a degree as to significantly interfere with production of speech or to repeat commands.
  • History of suicidal behavior, including gesture(s) or attempt(s), or history of self-mutilation.
  • Current or history of anxiety disorders (anxiety or panic), agoraphobia, social phobia, simple phobias, obsessive-compulsive, other acute reactions to stress, and posttraumatic stress disorder.
  • Current or history of dissociative disorders, including, but not limited to hysteria, depersonalization or others.
  • Current or history of somatoform disorders, including, but not limited to hypochondriasis or chronic pain disorder.
  • Current or history of psychosexual conditions, including, but not limited to transsexualism, exhibitionism, transvestism, voyeurism, and other paraphilias.
  • Current or history of alcohol dependence, drug dependence, alcohol abuse, or other drug abuse.
  • Current or history of other mental disorders that in the opinion of the civilian or military provider will interfere with, or prevent satisfactory performance of military duty.

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Skin and cellular tissues

  • Current diseases of sebaceous glands to include severe acne, if extensive involvement of the neck, shoulders, chest, or back is present or would be aggravated by or interfere with the proper wearing of military equipment.
  • Current or history of atopic dermatitis or eczema after the 9th birthday.
  • Current or history of contact dermatitis, especially involving materials used in any type of required protective equipment.
  • Current cysts, (other than pilonidal cysts) of such a size or location as to interfere with the proper wearing of military equipment.
  • Current pilonidal cysts, if evidenced by the presence of a tumor mass or a discharging sinus, or surgically resected pilonidal cyst that is symptomatic, unhealed, or less than 6 months post-operative.
  • Current or history of bullous dermatoses, including, but not limited to dermatitis herpetiformis, pemphigus, and epidermolysis bullosa.
  • Current chronic lymphedema.
  • Current localized types of fungus infections, interfering with the proper wearing of military equipment or the performance of military duties.
  • Current or history of furunculosis or carbuncle, if extensive, recurrent, or chronic.
  • Current or history of severe hyperhidrosis of hands or feet.
  • Current or history of congenital or acquired anomalies of the skin such as nevi or vascular tumors that interfere with function, or are exposed to constant irritation. History of Dysplastic Nevus Syndrome is also disqualifying.
  • Current or history of keloid formation, if the tendency is marked or interferes with the proper wearing of military equipment.
  • Current lichen planus.
  • Current or history of neurofibromatosis (von Recklinghausen’s disease).
  • History of photosensitivity, including, but not limited to any primary sun-sensitive condition, such as polymorphous light eruption or solar urticaria; any dermatosis aggravated by sunlight such as lupus erythematosus.
  • Current or history of psoriasis.
  • Current or history of radiodermatitis.
  • q. Current scars, or any other chronic skin disorder of a degree or nature that requires frequent outpatient treatment or hospitalization, which in the opinion of the certifying authority affects thermoregulatory function, or will interfere with the wearing of military clothing or equipment, or which exhibits a tendency to ulcerate, or interferes with the satisfactory performance of duty.
  • Prior burn injury (to include donor sites) involving a total body surface area of 40 percent or more.
  • Prior burn injury involving less than 40 percent total body surface area, which results in a loss or degradation of thermoregulatory function.
  • Prior burn injury susceptible to trauma or resulting in functional impairment to such a degree as to interfere with the satisfactory performance of military duty, due to decreased range of motion, strength, or agility due to burn wound/scarring.
  • Current or history of extensive scleroderma.
  • Tattoos that are otherwise prohibited.
  • Current of history of chronic or recurrent urticaria.
  • Current symptomatic plantar wart(s)

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Spine and sacroiliac joints

  • Current or history of ankylosing spondylitis or other inflammatory spondylopathies.
  • Current or history of any condition, including, but not limited to the spine or sacroiliac joints, with or without objective signs that—
    • Prevent the individual from successfully following a physically active vocation in civilian life or that is associated with local or referred pain to the extremities, muscular spasm, postural deformities, or limitation of motion.
    • Require external support.
    • Require limitation of physical activity or frequent treatment.
  • Current deviation or curvature of spine from normal alignment, structure, or function if:
    • It prevents the individual from following a physically active vocation in civilian life.
    • It interferes with the proper wearing of a uniform or military equipment.
    • It is symptomatic.
    • There is lumbar scoliosis greater than 20 degrees, thoracic scoliosis greater than 30 degrees, or kyphosis and lordosis greater than 55 degrees when measured by the Cobb method.
  • History of congenital fusion, involving more than two vertebral bodies or any surgical fusion of spinal vertebrae.
  • Current or history of fractures or dislocation of the vertebrae. A compression fracture, involving less than 25 percent of a single vertebra is not disqualifying if the injury occurred more than 1 year before examination and the applicant is asymptomatic. A history of fractures of the transverse or spinous processes is not disqualifying if the applicant is asymptomatic.
  • History of juvenile epiphysitis with any degree of residual change indicated by x-ray or kyphosis.
  • Current herniated nucleus pulposus or history of surgery to correct this condition.
  • Current or history of spina bifida when symptomatic, if there is more than one vertebra level involved or with dimpling of the overlying skin or history of surgical repair of spina bifida.
  • Current or history of spondylolysis (congenital or acquired) and spondylolisthesis (congenital or acquired).

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Systemic diseases

  • Current or history of disorders involving the immune mechanism including immunodeficiencies. Presence of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) or serologic evidence of infection, Positive Enzyme-Linked Immunoabsorbent Assay test(s) for HIV with ambiguous or inconclusive results on Western Blot testing is disqualifying.
  • Current or history of lupus erythematosus or mixed connective tissue disease variant.
  • Current or history of progressive systemic sclerosis, including CRST Variant, does not meet the standard. A single plaque of localized Scleroderma (morphea) that has been stable for at least 2 years is not disqualifying.
  • Current or history of Reiter’s disease.
  • Current or history of rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Current or history of Sjögren’s syndrome.
  • Current or history of vasculitis, including, but not limited to polyarteritis nodosa and allied conditions, arteritis, Behçet’s, and Wegner’s granulomatosis.
  • Tuberculosis
    • Current active tuberculosis or substantiated history of active tuberculosis in any form or location, regardless of past treatment, in the previous 2 years.
    • Current residual physical or mental defects from past tuberculosis that will prevent the satisfactory performance of duty do not meet the standard.
    • Individuals with a past history of active tuberculosis greater than 2 years before appointment, enlistment, or induction are qualified if they have received a complete course of standard chemotherapy for tuberculosis. Individuals with a tuberculin reaction in accordance with the guidelines of the American Thoracic Society and U.S. Public Health Service (ATS/USPHS), and without evidence of residual disease in pulmonary or non-pulmonary sites are eligible for enlistment induction, and appointment, provided they have received chemoprophylaxis in accordance with the guidelines of the ATS/USPHS.
    • Current or history of untreated latent tuberculosis (positive Purified Protein Derivative with negative chest x-ray).
  • Current untreated syphilis.
  • History of anaphylaxis, including, but not limited to idiopathic and exercise-induced; anaphylaxis to venom, including stinging insects; foods or food additives; or to natural rubber latex.
  • Current residual of tropical fevers, including, but not limited to fevers, such as malaria and various parasitic or protozoan infestations that prevent the satisfactory performance of military duty.
  • Current sleep disturbances, including, but not limited to sleep apneas.
  • History of malignant hyperthermia.
  • History of industrial solvent or other chemical intoxication with sequelae.
  • History of motion sickness resulting in recurrent incapacitating symptoms or of such a severity to require pre-medication in the previous 3 years.
  • History of rheumatic fever.
  • Current or history of muscular dystrophies or myopathies.
  • Current or history of amyloidosis.
  • Current or history of eosinophilic granuloma is disqualifying. Healed eosinophilic granuloma, when occurring as a single localized bony lesion and not associated with soft tissue or other involvement, will not be a cause for disqualification. All other forms of the Histiocytosis are disqualifying.
  • Current or history of polymyositis/dermatomyositis complex with skin involvement.
  • History of rhabdomyolysis.
  • Current or history of sarcoidosis.
  • Current systemic fungus infections.

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Tumors and malignant diseases

  • Current benign tumors, or conditions that interfere with function, prevent the proper wearing of the uniform or protective equipment, or will require frequent specialized attention, or have a high malignant potential, such as Dysplastic Nevus Syndrome.
  • Current or history of malignant tumors does not meet the standard. Skin cancer (other than malignant melanoma) removed with no residual, is not disqualifying.

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General and miscellaneous conditions and defects

  • Current or history of parasitic diseases, if symptomatic or carrier state, including, but not limited to filariasis, trypanosomiasis, schistosomiasis, hookworm (uncinariasis), and unspecified infectious and parasitic disease.
  • Current or history of other disorders, including, but not limited to cystic fibrosis, or porphyria, that prevent satisfactory performance of duty or require frequent or prolonged treatment.
  • Current or history of cold-related disorders, including, but not limited to frostbite, chilblain, immersion foot, or cold urticaria, are disqualifying. Current residual effects of cold-related disorders, including, but not limited to paresthesias, easily traumatized skin, cyanotic amputation of any digit, ankylosis, trench foot, or deep-seated ache.
  • History of angioedema, including hereditary angioedema.
  • History of receiving organ or tissue transplantation.
  • History of pulmonary or systemic embolization.
  • History of untreated acute or chronic metallic poisoning, including, but not limited to lead, arsenic, silver, beryllium, or manganese; or current complications or residual symptoms of such poisoning.
  • History of heat pyrexia, heatstroke, or sunstroke; history of three or more episodes of heat exhaustion does not meet the standard. Current or history of a predisposition to heat injuries, including disorders of sweat mechanism, combined with a previous serious episode or current or history of any unresolved sequelae of heat injury, including, but not limited to nervous, cardiac, hepatic or renal systems is disqualifying.
  • Current or history of any condition that in the opinion of the medical officer will significantly interfere with the successful performance of military duty or training.
  • Any current acute pathological condition, including, but not limited to acute communicable diseases, until recovery has occurred without sequelae.

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