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Old 04-09-2018, 07:02 AM
 
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So a friend of mine talked to a military recruiter and was told some stuff I was unaware of. Just curious if it's true or not.

1st. She had talked to a counselor once a couple years ago for stress. It was just a walk in type thing she went to after a breakup and talked for like 30min and has never done anything since. Supposedly this is a red flag and could deny her being accepted? As well as possible needed security clearances cause it shows she's "mentally unstable".

2nd. This year she decided to get her dog registered as an emotional support animal by paying for some letter from a certified doctor online. Honestly I think it was just for the benefit of being able to take the dog with her on flights but i'm not 100% sure. Anyways, this is also an issue according to the recruiter for the same reasons listed above. Also, she has a CCW permit for the state she lives in and the recruiter thinks it's possible it will get revoked due to needing an ESA because that means she has a psychological problem.
(She is not trying to take the dog with after joining, or requesting to have any dog while enlisted)

Anyone able to share some details on this? Didn't think either of things were that serious since it wasn't continued therapy sessions and what not
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Old 04-09-2018, 07:56 AM
 
Location: Newport Beach, California
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It depends on her diagnosis.
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Old 04-09-2018, 08:06 AM
 
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It depends on her diagnosis.
That's the thing. I'm not sure how there even is a diagnoses.. the online thing is just a multiple question type test, you pay a fee and a doctor writes an official letter. Personal info like social, driver's license etc isn't even taken. So idk how there's even official records to tie the stuff to any specific person, other than a name and birthdate (but technically anyone could do this for any random person).
I believe the letter might say something like she is mentally stressed and dependant on having a partner nearby (the dog) or something. But but due to what I said above I still don't understand how the whole thing is even credible without actual therapy sessions, personal info and what not
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Old 04-09-2018, 08:12 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!
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Old 04-09-2018, 08:45 AM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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From: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emotional_support_animal

"An emotional support animal (ESA) is a companion animal that a medical professional has determined provides benefit for an individual with a disability."
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Old 04-09-2018, 08:59 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!
^^^^
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Old 04-09-2018, 09:02 AM
 
Location: Columbia SC
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^^^^
I agree.
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Old 04-09-2018, 10:43 AM
 
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Gotta agree with Otto
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Old 04-09-2018, 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!
I agree. Either she has an emotional issue where she needs the ESA and should be disqualified or she lied to "cheat the system" and should be disqualified for that reason.

Now, talking to a walk-in counselor for 30 minutes probably is not an issue.
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Old 04-09-2018, 11:04 AM
 
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I'm not sure why I opened this thread but it certainly delivers-


How is someone who is either emotionally fragile enough to need a therapy dog or so entitled they would falsely claim their dog as a therapy dog going to make it in the military?


Heck- I work on a college campus and even we roll our eyes at that trend.
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