Asthma before 13

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  1. geckhardt

    geckhardt New Member

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    I was diagnosed with asthma as a child, but have had no issues since age 10. Is any history of asthma automatically disqualifying? Or is it only disqualifying after age 13?
     
  2. Maximus47

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    From what I understand, and I am by no means and expert, they will probably request a remedial (more paperwork) and/or order a test such as a speriometry or a methacholine challenge test. Unless you are currently being prescribed medication (which can pose a challenge, even if you never use the medication), I do not see why they would disqualify you, especially if they have you do these tests. However, all exams are considered on a case-by-case basis, which means they still could disqualify you. If they do, do not despair! If the rest of your application to the service academies or ROTC is competitive, then I would say that you will be offered a waiver by the school.

    Again I cannot speculate, but if your asthma history completely ended before you were thirteen I believe you will be fine.

    Hope this helps and sorry for the long post.
     
  3. kinnem

    kinnem Moderator

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    +1 to Maximus (I feel like I'm watching Gladiator) including all the caveats as well.
     
  4. EDelahanty

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    Service academies have their own internal review processes with respect to waivers, but there is no guarantee they will grant a waiver. I've not heard of an ROTC school granting a medical waiver.
     

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