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Old 02-11-2014, 11:52 AM
 
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I am a recruiter for the Air Force. You do NOT need a waiver. You either have a lazy recruiter or a confused recruiter. Asthma BEFORE the age of 13 is NOT a disqualier. You need to get your medical records and have your recruiter submit them to MEPS. MEPS will clear you (baring other issue or there being more to the story). The regulation used for medical entrance says, "Asthma (493), including reactive airway disease, exercise-induced bronchospasm or asthmatic bronchitis, reliably diagnosed and symptomatic after the 13th birthday, does not meet the standard." (the standard for military entrance). As such, ashtma before age 13 is NOT an issue. There is no regulation anywhere that disqualifies people for ashtma before their 13th birthday... this is a very common misconception- even sometimes amoung recruiters.

I have personally put people in the Air Force who had childhood asthma without having to do any waivers or extra work. I've even gotten waivers for people with asthma after the 13th birthday who had medical records showing no symptoms or treatment for the past few years, and/or could pass a pulmonary function test. Asthma is often over-diagnosed, and MEPS realizes this.

See how the regulation says it has to be "RELIABLY" diagnosed? Becuase too many doctors just diagnose it without any real testing. The regulation goes on to say, "Reliable 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."
Hi, do you happen to know whether this would DQ me from the Airforce: I had pneumonia at age 13 and was prescribed an inahler for the next few years just to be safe because it left asthmatic symptoms. I have never been diagnosed with asthma,but my medical records say I have an "unspecified state of asthma." I haven't used my inhaler since 2009 and I run constantly. I am physically fit.
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Old 02-13-2014, 08:55 PM
 
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My husband is in the Air Force at BMT. He had an asthma attack 3 days into training. He called last night, told me he got a medical discharge. Then called again today saying he doesn't even have it approved to come home yet. One said he heard wheezing in his right lung. The last doctor he saw, said his lungs sound great. And he says "military is just not for me I don't want to be here so I hope that it's approved for me to come home" he says he hopes and prays he can come home. He said they could have him sign a waiver saying he can't do gas chamber? Is that true? Yesterday when he told me he is getting a medical discharge that was because that's what he has heard from many people. This sucks because all this time waiting is not helping anyone. He just sits and thinks all day and I just sit and worry... Wondering if he's coming home or if he has to stick with something he really doesn't wanna do in life anymore ya know? What do you all think will happen?
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Old 02-13-2014, 09:08 PM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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My husband is in the Air Force at BMT. He had an asthma attack 3 days into training. He called last night, told me he got a medical discharge. Then called again today saying he doesn't even have it approved to come home yet. One said he heard wheezing in his right lung. The last doctor he saw, said his lungs sound great. And he says "military is just not for me I don't want to be here so I hope that it's approved for me to come home" he says he hopes and prays he can come home. He said they could have him sign a waiver saying he can't do gas chamber? Is that true? Yesterday when he told me he is getting a medical discharge that was because that's what he has heard from many people. This sucks because all this time waiting is not helping anyone. He just sits and thinks all day and I just sit and worry... Wondering if he's coming home or if he has to stick with something he really doesn't wanna do in life anymore ya know? What do you all think will happen?
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Random question. If you have had asthma, lie about it, then have an asthma attack in basic training in the AirForce and then tell them you didn't know you had it what happens?
What do I think will happen? Who knows. He could be charged with Article 83—Fraudulent enlistment, appointment, or separation. They might just let him out.
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Old 02-24-2014, 01:11 PM
 
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Question: I know someone who retired from the Air Force Reserves after 22 years. Now, they want to go back to the Air Force Reserves and get a job as an ART - Air Reserve Technician. He is 45 years old. What is the possibility of this happening - going from Retired Air Force Reserve to Active Reserve Status?
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Old 02-24-2014, 01:17 PM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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Question: I know someone who retired from the Air Force Reserves after 22 years. Now, they want to go back to the Air Force Reserves and get a job as an ART - Air Reserve Technician. He is 45 years old. What is the possibility of this happening - going from Retired Air Force Reserve to Active Reserve Status?
It is possible, I suppose. But the military has constantly changed. 45 years of age seems very young to have become "Retired"...
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Old 03-01-2014, 07:44 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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My husband is in the Air Force at BMT. He had an asthma attack 3 days into training. He called last night, told me he got a medical discharge. Then called again today saying he doesn't even have it approved to come home yet. One said he heard wheezing in his right lung. The last doctor he saw, said his lungs sound great. And he says "military is just not for me I don't want to be here so I hope that it's approved for me to come home" he says he hopes and prays he can come home. He said they could have him sign a waiver saying he can't do gas chamber? Is that true? Yesterday when he told me he is getting a medical discharge that was because that's what he has heard from many people. This sucks because all this time waiting is not helping anyone. He just sits and thinks all day and I just sit and worry... Wondering if he's coming home or if he has to stick with something he really doesn't wanna do in life anymore ya know? What do you all think will happen?
Just because you have been DQ for a medical condition, the processing takes a couple of weeks to get the discharge package completed, reviewed by legal and done. Trust me, if there was wheezing, he is coming home. Figure about 3 weeks from when he initially told you to have an ETA on his arrival back home.
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Old 03-19-2014, 01:21 PM
 
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flo- I'm surprised they would DQ you for that. Being on disability it an AUTOMATIC DQ, but if you had given up your disability, I'm really surprised at a DQ. Did you actually give up your disability? Talk to your recruiter about giving it up. I've gotten two people cleared this year who were on VA disability, gave it up, and then got cleared.
DMarie- I am currently trying to enlist in the Air Force. My recruiter is skeptical about sending my medical documents because I was diagnosed with "eczema" but my current doctor said it wasn't eczema it was most likely an allergic reaction that I had. I'm considering about ending my process because I don't want to risk the chance of getting DQ'd. What exactly should I do? Because this is not eczema, but in my documents it says so. My recruiter said MEPS turns people away for that.
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Old 04-02-2014, 09:07 PM
 
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Dmarie123

So if I was diagnosed at the age of 6 and haven't even touched my inhaler since I was about 8 and now a days no longer even have an inhaler and haven't been diagnosed with asthma since do I still have to report this to the MEPS doctor or can I take the respiratory and if I pass it just check no in the box and keep it at my own discretion?
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Old 04-04-2014, 03:48 PM
 
Location: Hard aground in the Sonoran Desert
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Dmarie123

So if I was diagnosed at the age of 6 and haven't even touched my inhaler since I was about 8 and now a days no longer even have an inhaler and haven't been diagnosed with asthma since do I still have to report this to the MEPS doctor or can I take the respiratory and if I pass it just check no in the box and keep it at my own discretion?
MEPS wants to know if you have every been diagnosed with Asthma. If you don't mention it you will be lying. Even though it was at age 8 when you last used an inhaler, you can be disqualified if you answer the doctors questions incorrectly and he sends you for a pulmonary consult where you may not pass or not pass with good enough numbers to be allowed in.

As I said earlier, I've had many who I thought would get in with childhood asthma but their answers indicated they "sometimes get out of breath" and the doctor sent them for a pulmonary consult and then were disqualified when the results came back.

If you really have had no symptoms since age 8 you need to convince the doctor of that. You can't be wishy-washy and leave a question in the doctors mind on whether you're good to go now.
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Old 04-29-2014, 07:11 PM
 
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I am a female hoping and praying to get into the USAF. I was diagnosed with "asthma" at 3 yrs of age. It was from the onset of a upper respiratory infection- URI. Throughout the years, I continued with asthma meds until grade school when I knew I just didn't need the meds. My Mom kept getting them refilled but I didn't take or use the medication. Sports was never a problem for me....Nor cold air......Every so often (but rare) I would have another URI and antibiotics and maybe prednisone were prescribed. The last "asthma" like symptoms were Jan 2011, with a URI. I am now 18 yrs and my PFT is normal. What are my chances of getting into the USAF?
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