Possible Disqualification


New Member
Apr 22, 2017
I am currently in the ROTC program at my college and am about to get my DoDMERB. I also have PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome). I don't have any of the major symptoms that come with this syndrome. The only key thing it affects is my menstrual cycle, but that is controlled with the birth control pill. Would this syndrome be a disqualifying factor for me joining the Army?
You're going to want to get copies of your medical records and see what your official diagnosis is. Once you have that, you need an exam from your diagnosing doctor that indicates any limitations or if you're fully capable with no limitations.

PCOS without hormone testing, insulin resistance blood work and ultrasounds seems like a steep diagnosis. I would get a 2nd opinion on that.
Here are the medical Standards. Look on page 25.
h. Polycystic ovarian syndrome (256.4) with metabolic complications. is disqualifying. But that does not mean it cannot be waived.
If you have not already done it, I would gather up your medical records and know what testing was done to make the diagnosis.
Since you are already in a ROTC program you should always work through your chain of command. They will be your best advocate for processing a waiver. Make sure you talk with your year group advisor.