Are all forms of asthma treated similarly?

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  1. ROTC123

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    In my earlier posts, I have asked about how being diagnosed with asthma will affect my chances at Service Academies/ROTC, which has raised the question of whether all types of asthma are treated the same. For example, I have allergy induced asthma which affects me only when ragweed season comes around (usually have a runny nose and a cough). Would this be treated any differently from exercise induced asthma which would affect me no matter where I travel across the world, or is the fact that I'm allergic to ragweed, which is commonly found in southern U.S., just as bad? Would attending a college in Northern U.S. where I would not come in contact with ragweed help my chances? Thanks in advance.
     
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    Yes and No: as far as I know DoDMERB treats all asthmas the same....DQ. It's the individual service that with the additional information may treat things differently.

    Your college choice is going to have no effect on a determination for a waiver. The military doesn't care what the medical condition is going to do to you while in college...they care about what could happen if you are in "Timbuktu" with minimal to no medical capability and you're on an important mission and will your condition cause problems or not.
     
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    Thanks again for the help kp2001! I noticed that you are a graduate from the Uniformed Service University of Health Science and I was wondering if the University is lenient towards applicant with medical DQ's based on how, upon graduation, the graduate would be committed to being a healthcare professional.
     
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    Yes, USUHS and HPSP have much looser waiver granting from what I have seen. Many who wouldn't have a chance as an applicant for ROTC or an Academy due to a medical condition are good to go for medical.
     
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    Are there scholarships available for those who seek medical careers that do not require medical school? For example, I believe that Physician Assistant and Perfusionist programs last for 2-3 years after receiving a college degree.
     
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    My bad, after reviewing all of the medical scholarships on goarmy.com, I found the Physician Assistant program application.
     

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