MIL Military & Asthma

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  1. np2fast

    np2fast New Member

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    I'm not sure If this has already been covered or not, but I'll ask since I cant search.

    Well anyway, one of my friends got turned down for the army because I guess he had asthma in his medical history.

    So what exactly is the rule with asthma? If you ever had asthma you're disqualified?

    thanks in advance.
     
  2. kidhero

    kidhero not really a hero, really just a big fat phony

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  3. np2fast

    np2fast New Member

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    And why is this? Too much of a risk or something?
     
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    you'll slow everyone down
     
  5. np2fast

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    Im not sure but he said he had it as a child and hasnt had a problem with it for years.
     
  6. Ranger-AO

    Ranger-AO I'm here for the Taliban party. Moderator

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    The short answer is asthma used to be an instant disqualifier. The rules have changed, and you might (depending on your history) be able to get waivers for it now.

    The long answer is:
    http://usmilitary.about.com/od/joiningthemilitary/a/asthma.htm

    The toughest things related to asthma and the military are the extreme stresses you will place on your cardiopulmonary system (heart/lungs) during basic training and AIT, and the gas chamber training. Both of which have resulted in asthma-related deaths.
     
  7. kidhero

    kidhero not really a hero, really just a big fat phony

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    because i have asthma and i have the potential of either 1) dying in combat unable to breathe or 2) die on the PT fields from running too hard and the marine corps doesn't like that.
     

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