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Old 04-13-2019, 09:24 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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I looked it up and I think it was updated with minor changes. Either way I'm a SPED teacher and I have at least 1 student graduating this year who has already attended MEPS, signed a contract, and has a ship date so it's not impossible.

If he's still in SPED then he most likely he lied to his recruiter and MEPS and didn't disclose that he was in SPED. That happens all the time. There are tons of people in the military who had ADD/ADHD, or various other medical issues, like missing a kidney, heart defects, all kinds of things that you can't get into the military with. They just don't disclose it. MEPS doesn't know anything that you don't admit to, so if the illness isn't visible to the eye, you can get away with hiding anything if you want. (not advocating that, but it happens all the time).

I've put tons of adults into the military who have never once seen a doctor for any reason or had any injury in their entire lives. Not once. Never even been to a doctor for an exam. Happens every day. Do I believe that? Nope, but they get away with it.
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Old 04-13-2019, 11:24 PM
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I would imagine that whether the person earned a regular diploma or a special ed-designated diploma or certificate (students on IEPs could earn either) would play a role in how easily they are able to avoid disclosing special education enrollment.
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Old 04-14-2019, 08:07 AM
 
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If he's still in SPED then he most likely he lied to his recruiter and MEPS and didn't disclose that he was in SPED. That happens all the time. There are tons of people in the military who had ADD/ADHD, or various other medical issues, like missing a kidney, heart defects, all kinds of things that you can't get into the military with. They just don't disclose it. MEPS doesn't know anything that you don't admit to, so if the illness isn't visible to the eye, you can get away with hiding anything if you want. (not advocating that, but it happens all the time).

I've put tons of adults into the military who have never once seen a doctor for any reason or had any injury in their entire lives. Not once. Never even been to a doctor for an exam. Happens every day. Do I believe that? Nope, but they get away with it.

I can 100% say no lies were involved.
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Old Today, 04:12 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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I can 100% say no lies were involved.
It is possible some branches would waive items like that, but in a decade of recruiting I've never seen it. In most states, in order to be eligible for SPED, one must have a diagnosed disability that severely affects educational performance. How someone get cleared for military service with that out in the open is beyond me. How is a person who needs sped in high school going to make it though technical training (very fast paced/8+ hours a day of curriculum, no special accommodations)? I admit, I'm not an expert, but this would be something I've never even heard of within the world of recruiting.

If this is all true, perhaps you can share some of the strategies so those with ADD/ADHD, who don't even need sped, can get some tips on how to get cleared... since so many don't.
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Old Today, 04:29 AM
 
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Do you think your son will be a good fit for the military? Given the demands and literal daily life or death situations- does that sound like a good match for someone with ADD?

I understand a parent wanting a child to make the most of themselves, but in the case there is the potential to impact the lives of those he serves with.

Parenting is the most stressful job in the world- trying to help them find their path and doubting every decision you've ever made. I’m sorry your struggling.
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