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Old 03-05-2013, 01:27 AM
 
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So i have gone to talk to a recruiter about joining the USAF. He told me i needed to work on a couple things, most of which i have gotten done such as my credit & also getting my marriage license to get married &show proof, but my main concern was asthma. When i was born i had pneumonia, bronchitis, jondus, & i was also diagnosed with asthma. I'm guessing the bronchitis more than likely caused it. Anywho, i used a breathing machine up until maybe the age of 8, it wasn't on a regular basis, more so when i came down with the flu or a cold. Even at that i really didn't need it, my mother only made me use it because she was scared i would stop breathing in my sleep. I, since then stopped using it, i started playing softball when i was in fourth grade till my junior yr in high school, as well as track in 7th grade, & I've never had a problem. So what I'm asking for, please don't be rude about it, but is it possible to get a waiver? Or how hard is it really to get one? As i mentioned, i have never had an attack or used my breathing machine since about the age if 8 or 9. Please give any advice or info, i really don't want to be turned away.. I'm trying to work really hard for this, its something i really want to do. So thank you & i grately appreciate it!
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Old 03-05-2013, 06:30 AM
 
Location: SW OK (AZ Native)
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What happened as a child may or may not impact the military's decisions for accession. I had to "jump through hoops" regarding a childhood broken wrist when applying to the Air Force.

The link below will show you the Air Force standards for medical exams and waiver requirements. PDF file.


http://static.e-publishing.af.mil/pr.../afi48-123.pdf
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Old 03-05-2013, 11:18 AM
 
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Really? Ah, man. I'm still trying to look in to it, although i know no one can give me an actual answer as to whether I'll be able to get one or not, but thank you!
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Old 03-05-2013, 12:13 PM
 
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This is probably something you won't be able to get a real answer to until you're examined at a military facility called a MEPS station. Perhaps since your asthma hasn't been an issue for several years they will issue a waiver. Right now your recruiter is probably in the best position to answer your questions, though.
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Old 03-06-2013, 12:29 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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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."

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Old 03-08-2013, 09:40 PM
 
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Ms. DMarie123,
Really?! That is a huge relief. If i ask him this & he says i still may need a waiver i suppose i will have to get one? I know that initially, or at least I've heard, that its really up to the Doctors at MEPS. I just had my appt with a Pulmonary Specialist & i did get a PFT done. He says i passed with flying colors & he said i looked fine, no signs of asthma now or difference in my breathing. He also have me a copy to take to the recruiter to show that i was "normal" or that i had normal functioning lungs. Do you think this will help?
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Old 03-09-2013, 09:25 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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It is up to the doctors at MEPS. NOT the recruiter. I've NEVER seen a doctor at MEPS DQ for someone with asthma only before age 13, and I'm on my THIRD tour in recruiting. You recruiter has to actually TRY though, and send the records to MEPS.

You shouldn't need a waiver, and shouldn't have even needed the PFT- but it can only help.

If the doctor at MEPS does DQ you for some reason, then a waiver request does go up to the Air Force Surgeon General.
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Old 07-03-2013, 11:27 AM
 
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I had a question I was DQ'd by the air force Because I get 10% disability for my knee during bootcamp i fell on a rock. I was in marine corp for 5 years after that. I wasn't hurt or anything I don't even have a mark. But meps told me they recommended me for a waiver But i submitted the waiver and I got DQ'd. If I go to vet doctor and get a medical review saying theres nothing wrong with my knee would they give me a waiver . I really want to get in to the airforce. thanks
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Old 07-03-2013, 02:01 PM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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I had a question I was DQ'd by the air force Because I get 10% disability for my knee during bootcamp i fell on a rock. I was in marine corp for 5 years after that. I wasn't hurt or anything I don't even have a mark. But meps told me they recommended me for a waiver But i submitted the waiver and I got DQ'd. If I go to vet doctor and get a medical review saying theres nothing wrong with my knee would they give me a waiver . I really want to get in to the airforce. thanks
All you can do is try. Waivers and available slots have constantly changed over the years...

Have you considered what the Army has to offer?
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Old 07-05-2013, 10:36 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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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.
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