ADHD medication & enlistment


New Member
Nov 8, 2020
I just turned 23 years old and have been looking into the prospect of joining the Air Force. However, I was diagnosed with ADHD in high school and have been taking prescription medication for it since. Not regularly, scarcely even. But I'm still getting the script. It particularly sucks because of how situationally I use it, and I am completely functional without it. At a moments notice I could get off this medication and nothing would change.
However I just learned the military's stance on people who have ADHD and a history of taking medication for it. I was wondering if
I should still talk to a recruiter or say forget it all together. I've been told it's a terrible idea to lie about it and doing so can result in getting disqualified from every branch indefinitely. What should I do?
You posted this under the Air Force Academy tab....Enlistment is accomplished through an Air Force Recruiter and US Military Entrance Processing Command, but the standards are the same:

5.28. LEARNING, PSYCHIATRIC, AND BEHAVIORAL DISORDERS. a. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, if with:
(1) A recommended or prescribed Individualized Education Program, 504 Plan, or work accommodations after the 14th birthday;
(2) A history of comorbid mental disorders;
(3) Prescribed medication in the previous 24 months; or
(4) Documentation of adverse academic, occupational, or work performance. :wiggle:
My youngest son is 13 and getting ready to enter HS next fall. If he has any dreams of going into the military does this mean we should not keep him on his school accommodation plan? He hasn’t taken ADHD medicine in years but every once in a while utilizes his plan for school tests or memorization.