Asthma ?’s

Nate1632

New Member
Hello, I would like to do AFROTC and possibly even enlist in the air reserves beforehand. Unfortunately I was prescribed an inhaler for exercise induced asthma until 16. I believe I could’ve stopped it earlier but never quite did. I no longer need an inhaler or show any symptoms for over a year. I’m just curious what my chances are of successfully getting a waiver? Also is it off table to neglect to tell them, I’ve read that may eventually they’ll find out so it’s not encouraged? Should I get any test done beforehand or just wait until/if they ask.
 

Pima

10-Year Member
You need to tell them end of subject. There are a ton of threads regarding asthma. Just use the search tab and they will all pop up. Good luck
 
Never hide your medical history. I know a 3/C at USNA who failed the methocholine both before entering the academy and after who is still a Mid.
 

usna1985

10-Year Member
As a general matter, not only does hiding one's medical history (when the information is requested) constitute lying, but even more importantly, it might get you and/or your colleagues killed. The military puts unusual stresses on one's body (high-Gs, dust, swamps, cold, high-altitude, underwater, etc.). Thus, there are medical conditions that don't affect the lives of most people that have the potential to have a major impact on military members. Asthma is one of them.

Imagine if someone has an asthma attack in a combat environment. He might not have his inhaler or it might not work. Everyone has to stop (in the middle of combat) and at a minimum wait for the attack to subside or, worst case, try to save this guy's life. Could get everyone killed. That's why it is so important to be honest -- if the military won't take someone based on a medical condition, there's usually a good reason for that decision.
 
As stated before, withholding information is definitely something that should not be done. You asked about likelihood of a waiver, and with what you're telling us, it seems very feasible. No symptoms/attacks/flare-ups since 16? Assuming you're about 18 now, that's 2 years of progress under (hopefully) active conditions, proving that it may not act as a huge hindrance, if one at all, during military training and exercise drills. Your best bet is, of course, to get tested. If you receive a DoDMERB Remedial, they are very good at providing the necessary resources to ensure your best chance at successful completion of the waiver process. It mainly comes down to patience and perseverance. If you fight for yourself, the AROTC program will fight for you, too. They're always looking for qualified, diligent candidates. Keep your head up and don't forget to explore other options as safeguards in the event that you become medically disqualified. Good luck!
 

Nate1632

New Member
Hello again!

I’m excited to say that after a few months my medical waiver has been approved. I had a pulmonary function test done and it came back good. The process would’ve went by a lot faster, but another thing came up and ,even though it was a non-issue, it took up a lot of time.
 
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