Army ROTC: Depression/Anxiety/Suicide

guayb15

Member
Hello all,

I’m currently a MS3 (Junior) in Army ROTC.
This past summer i was diagnosed with severe depression after my 3 Suicide attempts. I was hospitalized for 8 days in a private mental health hospital.
After about 4 weeks of doing okay I hit Depression again and was hospitalized for another 10 days. This time diagnosed with Anxiety, depression. They also think I might have bipolar II but are giving more time before that diagnosis.

Is this going to get me medically DQ’ed?

Thanks in advance
 

brob

Member
I'm sorry to say, but yes, this sounds serious and does not meed the medical standard. However, the most important thing is your mental health and personal safety. Do what you need to do get well and perhaps you can find another way to serve your country, but not through being a service member or officer. Best wishes to you in your recovery.
 

guayb15

Member
I'm sorry to say, but yes, this sounds serious and does not meed the medical standard. However, the most important thing is your mental health and personal safety. Do what you need to do get well and perhaps you can find another way to serve your country, but not through being a service member or officer. Best wishes to you in your recovery.
Thank you for the reply. I kept hearing mixed answers saying if I get help and show improvement that I would be okay.

Also thank you; time to take a new step forward
 

brob

Member
I'm sorry to say, but yes, this sounds serious and does not meed the medical standard. However, the most important thing is your mental health and personal safety. Do what you need to do get well and perhaps you can find another way to serve your country, but not through being a service member or officer. Best wishes to you in your recovery.
Thank you for the reply. I kept hearing mixed answers saying if I get help and show improvement that I would be okay.

Also thank you; time to take a new step forward
Where are you hearing mixed answers from? Does the cadre know about your situation? I am only giving you a completely non-expert opinion based on what I have read - your cadre and health care providers are the ones with the answers you need. Best wishes!
 

AROTC-dad

Moderator
5-Year Member
Guayb15.....I agree with Brob. The key is first getting healthy and also getting the support of your cadre.

If I recall correctly, you are a 4 year winner and now you are an MS-III, therefore you have already passed DoDMERB. However, a suicide risk with three incidents is a major deal. This would constitute a major change in your medical status and so it could definitely affect your ability to commission in the future. It is your duty and obligation to report the medical condition to your battalion. Work with your chain of command to move forward with whatever happens.

If you are unable to commission, understand that it is for your own good plus the good of your fellow soldiers.

Best of luck to you.
 
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MohawkArmyROTC

Recruiting Operations Officer
You will need a medical determination initiated by your ROTC BN. Most likely you will be medically disenrolled due to your suicide attempts. The most important thing is to get help with your depression, so there will not be a 4th attempt.
 

USAFMitch20

New Member
I'm sorry to say, but yes, this sounds serious and does not meed the medical standard. However, the most important thing is your mental health and personal safety. Do what you need to do get well and perhaps you can find another way to serve your country, but not through being a service member or officer. Best wishes to you in your recovery.
agreed
 
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