Can you get into the military with Hoshimotos disease?

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  1. Dr.Wesley

    Dr.Wesley Member

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    I went to a recruiter today and he said I can't get into the military since I have Hoshimotos disease and therefore require medication. I've heard different things from different people and don't know what to believe. Does anyone here know anything about getting in when you need medication?
     
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    Capt MJ 5-Year Member

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    Thanks. I read the information but it didn't answer my question. Does anyone else know?
     
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    prospective2019 2023 Hopeful

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    I am applying to service academies for 2023. I spoke with Lawrence Mullen (deputy chief of DoDMERB) as I have hypothyroidism, which often comes with Hoshimotos. I take levothyroxine for it nightly. According to Mr. Mullen, levothyroxine and Synthroid (non-generic version) are some of the only prescription medications permitted while serving. If you are on that medication and your TH levels are normal, you will not be disqualified. I would recommend contacting him—his contact is readily available and he is a great resource who can give you a better, case-by-case answer than you can find here.

    Excuse any typos or formatting errors, I’m on my phone.
     
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    Wow! This is great news! Thank you so much!
     
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  6. NavyHoops

    NavyHoops Super Moderator 5-Year Member

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    Two separate things here. Recruiter tells me you are exploring enlisting which means you will go through MEPS. DoDMERB, as referenced here, is a separate path with its own regulations. Although there is a lot of overlap, they are two separate items with two separate set of regs, waivers, etc.

    I had a close friend’s daughter who was able to enlist with a thyroid issue. Based upon the research I did then and walking through that process, hypothyroidism that is controlled with meds can get through. Controlled will be the key and will be what is scrutinized. How long one has been diagnosed, on meds and what the TSH results results showed were the keys to getting through the process. She had to wait to enlist a few extra months because they wanted to see 12 months on medication and had to have several TSH tests completed. Each service will scrutinize this differently, it’s best to have your medical paperwork in good order to show diagnosis, how long on meds, etc.
     
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  7. Devil Doc

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    Great advice above. I'll add a little on the operational side. Once personnel taking endocrine disorder medications get to the operational forces, tell Doc so he/she can order enough medications to get you through upcoming deployments. I had a Chief check in two days before an underway period and he thought it was OK to ignore me when I told him to bring his health record to sick bay so I could check him in. One would think since he was on synthroid he'd be curious as to whether I had any onboard. I did not. It wasn't on the AMMAL. I had to go to Portsmouth and beg for enough to us to the Caribbean and back.
     
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    Yes, I am thinking of enlisting but if I have to wait a year I might as well go to Valley Forge next semester and hopefully get into a service academy. Either way, my long term goal is to go to a service academy or some other military college. I've been on Synthroid for almost a year but my TSH is just now starting to get leveled. Does that mean I have to wait a year?
     
  9. Devil Doc

    Devil Doc Teufel Doc

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    I'm no accessions medical expert but I have seen as NavyHoops wrote above, the 12 month time period both on a medication and the normaling out of the lab values.
     
  10. NavyHoops

    NavyHoops Super Moderator 5-Year Member

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    I am no expert on this but from what I have read and seen, it would depend on your blood tests. Not sure how far apart they have to be. Even if you are beyond 12 months it would depend on the leveling on those tests to validate. Again, it could depend on your recruiter, needs of the service, etc.
     
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    My daughter was diagnosed with hypothyroidism in the fall of her senior year. She received appointments to USCGA and Air Force. I don't remember the specifics but she did receive waivers from both places. The waiver for Air Force restricted her from any front line positions and USCGA had no restrictions. She just graduated from USCGA.
     
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