Underactive Thyroid/Hypothyroidism

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Hello,

I am currently a junior and I am starting my application process for USMA (and possibly USCGA) in the coming weeks.

Several years back, I think around 2012, I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. I’ve been on medication, levothyroxine, since the diagnosis. It has sense been regulated and my levels are completely normal/stable. I have no symptoms and my case was called very mild by my endocrinologist, and that he had never seen it be a disqualifier for the military.

Where I need outside opinion is how much this will affect my application. I’ve read many different sources and forums, and I haven’t reached a conclusive result. The official website says it’s fine when controlled with medication, but some forums say that it’s a
disqualifier.

How difficult will it be to get a waiver for this condition? Will I even need a waiver? What information should I provide to whatever doctor administers my test?

Thank you!
 

foxtrot17

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Dodi 6130. 03 is the source to go to know what conditions are disqualifiers.

I have your exact same condition BUT mine is controlled and has been CONTROLLED WITHOUT medication for over a year. I am waiting in DODMERB to now what remedials are they gonna ask me about because my status as of know says Remedial Requested but no code yet. I marked two other things as yes besides Thyroid problems.

Look at the image. Two normal THS tests that show that you were in normal ranges in the past six months will get you qualified. (meets the standard).
 

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Dodi 6130. 03 is the source to go to know what conditions are disqualifiers.

I have your exact same condition BUT mine is controlled and has been CONTROLLED WITHOUT medication for over a year. I am waiting in DODMERB to now what remedials are they gonna ask me about because my status as of know says Remedial Requested but no code yet. I marked two other things as yes besides Thyroid problems.

Look at the image. Two normal THS tests that show that you were in normal ranges in the past six months will get you qualified. (meets the standard).
Thank you and good luck!
 

time2

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None of us work for DODMERB, so it is a waste of time for you to seek out random medical opinions on various websites. Even a real doctor won't diagnose a patient without reviewing their medical history and actually seeing the person.
 

AirsoftRanger

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N Even a real doctor won't diagnose a patient without reviewing their medical history and actually seeing the person.
If only this were still true; Real doctors diagnosing unseen patients via internet typed communication or video conference is a burgeoning, legal, and accepted pattern in 2017.

Never give up. Never Surrender. Never Say Die. Stay positive.
There is always a way.....
 

foxtrot17

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See my new post "Pending Disqualification R259.10." and you will find more answers there. They are asking me for two remedials regarding my hypothyroidism.

Every case is different and I am going AFROTC so it will all depend on what is your situation in present time and where are you going.
 
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See my new post "Pending Disqualification R259.10." and you will find more answers there. They are asking me for two remedials regarding my hypothyroidism.

Every case is different and I am going AFROTC so it will all depend on what is your situation in present time and where are you going.
Thank you. That information will be very helpful going forward with this process.
 
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To those who may find this thread in the future—I was just medically qualified to both USMA and USMMA. If your levels are normal, don’t be too worried (I checked that portal obsessively because I was so paranoid).

I took my initial exam mid-September. Beginning of October I was notified of two remedials, one asking for another TSH test (my last one was another year old) and one asking for a brief from my endocrinologist on the history of my condition. My TSH was luckily within normal range, and my doctor was quick to complete his portion. My portal showed “qualified” yesterday afternoon.

I take a daily dose of 75mcg of levothyroxine (genetic Synthroid) which is, according to Larry Mullen, a medication that is fine to take in the military. My levels have been normal since I started the medication in 2013. I am asymptomatic.

So if you find yourself in a situation like me, don’t stress out too too much (I wish someone had said that to me earlier). This was my last step in the process, with an LOA and a nomination, so I was naturally concerned that this would derail my goal. If your levels are normal and you are asymptomatic, don’t lose too much sleep over it.
 

swimmermama1

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My DD was diagnosed with hypothyroidism during her senior year. She received waivers from both the Coast Guard and Air Force Academies. The Coast Guard was unrestricted but the Air Force waiver stated she could not serve in a front line position. She chose the CG and graduated this past spring.
 
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