a diabetic cadet?

captainkirk

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Hello everyone,

I'm a sophomore and was recently admitted to the hospital and was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Every source has told me that no diabetic kids have ever been accepted to a service academy. Ever since I was a little guy I've wanted to be a pilot in the Air Force and then become an astronaut. I believe I'm on my way to becoming a well qualified applicant. I've already researched other career paths and am excited about my findings. However, I just want to access the best resource I know of to be sure. :thumb: Anyways, everyone has been great. I've been posting and reading on this site for about 2 years now (definitely a wealth of information to any applicant or parent). Any information helps and good luck to other future cadets out there.
 

VMINROTChopeful

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Hello everyone,

I'm a sophomore and was recently admitted to the hospital and was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Every source has told me that no diabetic kids have ever been accepted to a service academy. Ever since I was a little guy I've wanted to be a pilot in the Air Force and then become an astronaut. I believe I'm on my way to becoming a well qualified applicant. I've already researched other career paths and am excited about my findings. However, I just want to access the best resource I know of to be sure. :thumb: Anyways, everyone has been great. I've been posting and reading on this site for about 2 years now (definitely a wealth of information to any applicant or parent). Any information helps and good luck to other future cadets out there.
you should ask on the following subforum: http://www.serviceacademyforums.com/forumdisplay.php?f=20

RetNavyHM will probably be able to give you advice!
 

RetNavyHM

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Let me start by saying that anything is waiverable, it just depends on the amount of risk a service academy is willing to take.

Diabetes is one of those diseases that is very, very difficult to obtain a waiver for, and is actually one of the diseases where all the services will medically discharge folks who are on active duty, once diagnosed.

There is a whole list of medical complications from diabetes, and the services most often will not accept those risks in an applicant.

I'm not here to tell you what to do, I'm just here to give you information so you can make an informed decision.

If you have any other questions please feel free to ask away.
 
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