Hello All -
I am considering military service as an RN, via DCO for either army or navy. I have met with reserve recruiters from both branches, so far so good - they seem interested in me.
I am writing to ask about a possible medical issue. I am reluctant to bring it to the attention of a recuiter before I know the facts. I broached the subject with one army recruiter, and was basically told to lie about it. The vast majority of recruiters are honorable, (very) hard-working people - so I was a little surprised, but these things happen. They are under enormous pressure to make mission and get people in.
I am a man in his mid-40s, in good physical shape overall, except that I am pre-hypertensive. I'm just kind of high-strung, and sometimes have a bit of a problem with idiopathic form of HTN. According to the new, more stringent guidelines that classify anyone with systolic BP of over 120 as pre-hypertensive, I qualify - as my systolic BP is generally in the 120-135 range unmedicated. Moreover, I have taken BP medicine now for several years as a precaution, at my physicians' direction. I could get off of it but I cannot deny having taken it, because I have.
Will this DQ me for military service as an RN? I have gotten conflicting reports from various people.
I could go off my medication and might pass a physical, but I cannot see how I can fail to disclose this issue. If I keep quiet during my physical at MEPS, and the service discovers it later in a check of my insurance or other health records, I will be booted out on my ear with dishonorable discharge. I am not a liar but don't want to present incriminating information about myself needlessly or unless abolutely forced to, either. I want to give myself the best chance of getting in as possible while still playing by the rules.
Here's the last complication: I am losing weight and doing tons of cardio. I may get to a point where I no longer need/want BP meds.
It makes the most sense to follow that route but I am up against it as far as my age is concerned; I am approaching the upper age cutoff for service in less than 6 months.
Anyone had any success lowering BP with nutritional supplements or the like?
Any replies appreciated...