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Old 04-10-2018, 11:32 AM
 
Location: Texas Hill Country
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There's no room for fido in the foxhole. If one needs an emotional support of any kind, they are not a good fit for the military.

The military's job is to fight and win wars.
Nothing like a slap in the face to the entire K-9 Corps, who are most assuredly "in the foxhole."

The rest of your comments are bang on accurate.

OP, the person about whom you wrote is ethically/morally deficient, IMHO. She has no business trying to join the military, because:

1. The military does not accept people with emotional disabilities requiring the use of a support animal. She wouldn't even get through basic training.

2. The military frowns mightily upon people who game systems for their own benefit. It's fraud and we don't want fraudsters in the military.

3. One visit with a counselor means nothing, unless that counselor recommended followup and she failed to do so.

Looks like any way you spin the bottle, she's not acceptable to the military. Either she's disabled (DQ for medical) or she's gaming the system (DQ for moral turpitude).
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Old 04-10-2018, 04:14 PM
 
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Wow! Talk about clueless (your friend). I wasn’t in direct combat like Army and Marine but I still suffered from the effects of things that happened. Was in the Navy working in the engine room during Desert Storm and Bosnia. Because of things that happened I had “Navy dreams” that would cause me to bolt up ready to run off and on for about ten years after leaving the Navy. If the break up of a relationship is enough stress to seek counseling then your friend would not be able to handle the military.

My wife has a dog for emotional support but is not a therapy dog. Wife is 49 and has had partial knee replacement due to arthritis, s curve scoliosis, spinal stenosis, blown out disc (now with four screws and two rods on her two vertebrae), and nerve damage in her back. The dog is her companion to help ease her discomfort especially when I’m away at work.
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Old 04-10-2018, 05:57 PM
 
Location: Honolulu, HI
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Having experienced the rigorous process through MEPS where Uncle Sam tries to find anything to DQ you, the folks who work there will laugh out loud if you tried bringing in a support animal.

You wouldn't even get past the recruiter.

There is no time for silly support animals when you're going through basic training. In Korea, I worked with someone who had a support dog...But she was a civilian contractor and they can do what they want, not military.
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Old 04-11-2018, 11:01 AM
 
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My feeling is that no one who has registered an emotional support animal should get to first base. An automatic NO!
Amen.

The military has a wide pool of recruits that have zero baggage mentally, emotionally, physically, why would they want to take in someone that has those issues when they could have someone healthy in all ways?

Now, back in 2006/2007, when the military was desperate for bodies, they did take in and waive applicants they normally would not have. But someone that needs an 'emotional support' anything? Seriously? You really want to take in a recruit that needs Fido to function on his/her military duties? Fuggedaboutit.
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Old 04-11-2018, 12:01 PM
 
Location: State of Denial
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I didn't get the impression that she planned on taking the dog with her into the military.....just the concept that when it was to her advantage, she "needed" the dog, but when she wants to get in, she miraculously has been cured of her anxiety and is concerned that her dishonesty the first time around will catch up with her. Am I correct?
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Old 04-11-2018, 12:21 PM
 
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I didn't get the impression that she planned on taking the dog with her into the military.....just the concept that when it was to her advantage, she "needed" the dog, but when she wants to get in, she miraculously has been cured of her anxiety and is concerned that her dishonesty the first time around will catch up with her. Am I correct?
I think so. She doesn't have any real emotional problems, just an ethical problem. The ethical problem will be revealed if somehow the earlier falsehood gets uncovered at MEPS.
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Old 04-11-2018, 02:15 PM
 
Location: San Diego CA
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Good grief. So whatís next for this generationís fragile recruits blankies and teddy bears?
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Old 04-11-2018, 04:55 PM
 
Location: Central Massachusetts
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don't forget we went through the stress card era too.
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Old 04-12-2018, 02:59 PM
 
Location: Rathdrum, ID
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What I really want to know is if I can take my fidget spinner to boot camp?
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Old 04-12-2018, 05:38 PM
 
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don't forget we went through the stress card era too.
Yes, and mommy will be there to tuck them in at night too!
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