Do I have a disqualifying condition? - GERD

halfdeadfish

Candidate
I have GERD, which is a stomach/digestive issue. I believed it was disqualifying for the past few years, but just today I read that it is no longer disqualifying if it is controlled. I take medicine for my condition, and as such, it does not affect me at all. It is completely controlled and it does not bother me. Am I safe from disqualification?
 

EDelahanty

5-Year Member
I have GERD, which is a stomach/digestive issue. I believed it was disqualifying for the past few years, but just today I read that it is no longer disqualifying if it is controlled. I take medicine for my condition, and as such, it does not affect me at all. It is completely controlled and it does not bother me. Am I safe from disqualification?
The citation below is from Army Reg. 40-501 - Standards of Medical Fitness, as of 12/22/16.

I don't know if it conforms to your understanding or if your information is more recent. Remember that different branches and service academies may have varying standards and waiver rules, and an automatic DQ is not the end of the line. You may want to contact DODMERB for further guidance

"2–3. Abdominal organs and gastrointestinal system a. Esophagus. Current or history of esophageal disease, including, but not limited to ulceration, varices, fistula, achalasia, or Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) (530.81), or complications from GERD including stricture, or maintenance on acid suppression medication, or other dysmotility disorders; chronic, or recurrent esophagitis (530.1), does not meet the standard. Current or history of reactive airway disease associated with GERD does not meet the standard. Current or history of dysmotility disorders, chronic, or recurrent esophagitis (530) does not meet the standard. History of surgical correction for GERD within 6 months does not meet the standard. (P42 esophageal correction, P43 stomach correction and P45 intestinal correction.)"

http://www.apd.army.mil/epubs/DR_pubs/DR_a/pdf/web/AR40-501_WEB_Final.pdf
 
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