Tourette syndrome and ADHD - 15 yr old

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  1. dantheman45

    dantheman45 New Member

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    I want to enlist in the Army, it is my dream for a career. I believe enlisting will make me a better person overall and hopefully shape me into a respectful adult. One problem stands in my way, Tourette Syndrome..... possible waiver? This worries me deeply, it is my dream to enlist. Thank you for all the help and support.

    By the way, I do not know the reason why I was even diagnosed with the condition, I believe it was due to tapping my pencil on the desk, which is bull****. If this stops me from serving, I will be depressed.

    -Dan
     
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  2. Pima

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    Dan,

    This site/forum is not geared to enlistment. It is geared to becoming an officer.

    I would suggest you talk to the recruiter regarding MEPS (?). ROTC candidates go through a DoDMERB exam.

    Good luck and than you for wanting to defend this great nation.
     
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    dantheman45 New Member

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    Thank you for replying, I appreciate it.
     
  4. Jcc123

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    This site isn't geared towards enlistment, but I can tell you that Tourette's is an unwaiverable condition. If you can get your dr to say you never actually had it, then maybe you've got a shot. I would not bank on it though.
     
  5. dantheman45

    dantheman45 New Member

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    My Neuro put it on my medical record to get help with my IEP in school, it wasn't a real diagnosis.
     
  6. Jcc123

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    That was a poor choice.
     
  7. 5Day

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    @dantheman45 not to add to the bad news, but your IEP may also be an issue. Any academic disorder that was eligible for accommodation in the past 12 months is non waiverable.
     
  8. Kronk

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    You're also saying you will be depressed if ___ does not occur. Not a positive trait in any militaristic life.
     
  9. NavyHoops

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    Couple of suggestions... Have an eval from your doc and if he does not think you have Tourrette's have him remove it from your record. I recognize that many times docs will give diagnosis like that to assist with services and educational items. If you do not take any medication for it and your doctor believes you do not have it, then ensure its thoroughly documented. Your recruiter will know the ins and outs of ADHD. You will need to be off any drugs you take for it for a designated period of time prior to reporting to boot camp. Recruiters deal with this on a nearly daily basis.
     
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  10. 5Day

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    Dan, when you say you want to "enlist" in the Army, is that exactly what you mean.

    Enlistment is the process of taking an oath of U.S. Army service and becoming a Soldier. During this process, you will talk to a recruiter, attend Basic Combat Training (BCT), and choose your Army job. You join the ranks of enlisted soldiers.

    If you "commission" in the Army, you become an officer. These forums are geared towards those that want to commission and become officers through a service academy or ROTC.

    Not to long ago I did not know there was a difference between "joining", "enlisting", or "commissioning". They all just meant I was becoming part of a military organization. To anyone with a military background, or smarter than me, enlist and commission are very specific. Join is much more generic.
     
  11. KeyzCat

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    In Florida Gifted programs require an IEP.
     
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  12. MabryPsyD

    MabryPsyD Dr. G.

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    Everyone is being nice and dancing around the issue. You won't be commissioning or enlisting in the military.
     
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  13. Jcc123

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    Eh @MabryPsyD I told him Friday morning that Tourette's is an unwaiverable condition.
     
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  14. MabryPsyD

    MabryPsyD Dr. G.

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    You left the window slightly cracked for enlistment. I'm just here to lend credibility, completely close the window, and nail it shut.
     
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  16. MabryPsyD

    MabryPsyD Dr. G.

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    What?
     
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  18. MabryPsyD

    MabryPsyD Dr. G.

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    I was referring to your liberal comment.
     
  19. Alaskan

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    I know.
     
  20. Dckc88

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    Oregon too....
     
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