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Old 07-28-2018, 12:29 PM
 
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I was disqualified for having a "history" of HBP, but yet it has been over a year since I have not had HBP. Is there a work around on this? I really want to join AF Reserve.
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Old 07-30-2018, 08:39 AM
 
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It has been a year since you have not had high blood pressure? So for the last year, you have only had high blood pressure? That sounds more like current high blood pressure, so there is no "work around" for that. If you can get your blood pressure under control you should be ok. Please see my previous post on this thread where it discusses exactly what BP readings you will need from your doctor. Get those, and submit for a medical waiver through your recruiter. If you can't get normal readings, you're completely out of luck.

A long history of needing medication for HBP could disqualify you as well, so look for healthy ways to lower it like diet, exercise, stress management, limiting sodium intake, etc.
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Old Today, 02:31 PM
 
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My son blood pressure was 150/84 at the army test on. My wife is a nurse and took his blood pressure the next day Saturday and it was normal. He’s 19 and never had high blood pressure or anything. Does that mean no matter what he can’t join?
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Old Today, 02:37 PM
 
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During my Army enlistment process I got anxious during my MEPS medical screening and had a high blood pressure reading. I was instructed to go back to my family doctor and have blood pressure readings over the course of a week or so. I submitted the readings on a formed signed off by my doctor to the recruiters, and they got me a waiver (my other readings were normal so it was clear I didn't have a chronic condition).
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Old Today, 02:45 PM
 
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My son blood pressure was 150/84 at the army test on. My wife is a nurse and took his blood pressure the next day Saturday and it was normal. Heís 19 and never had high blood pressure or anything. Does that mean no matter what he canít join?

They (MEPS) usually give instructions that if they can get two normal BP readings signed off by a doctor or nurse, they can come back. They'll conclude it was White Coat Syndrome. Did they give him any such instructions or an appointment to come back?

It is NOT a disqualification that can't be overcome. He should be fine if he can demonstrate normal BP on two separate occasions.
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