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Something you should know about ADD or ADHD

Uniformed Policy

Generally, all branches of service should follow DOD Directive 6130.3, "Medical Standards for Appointment, Enlistment or Induction in the Military Services." According to the policy, you might be able to join if you haven't taken more than one dose of medication for the disorder daily, or haven't been prescribed medication more than "24 cumulative months" after you turned 14. You must also prove that, after age 14, you maintained a 2.0 grade point average during times you weren't taking medication. If you followed an individualized education plan in public school, you must show that it stopped prior to age 14. You must have no history of comorbid mental disorders.


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Comment by David M. Cleland on May 27, 2022 at 10:11am

My son had stopped his meds for one year.  His recruiter assisted him with getting the waiver packet together, which included the last time he filled his prescription.  Frankly, I was prepared to have him evaluated by an independent psychiatrist to help the waiver, but it was not needed.  His grades and work history were all that was needed.  He did well on his ASVAB and signed a contract for ITS - IT submarine.  At boot camp he also had to get a waiver to go to school.  He was also able to get that after testing.  So ADD or ADHD should not stop anyone from trying to enlist.  It really depends on the severity.  I have my doubts that my son's was very bad and even if he really had it.  In any event, the above is merely a policy and exceptions to policy are requested all the time. 


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