Background: I just turned 35. Have been an RN for 3 years and finishing my BSN this year. Goal is CRNA. The Army recruiter I spoke with said an RN with BSN can go active duty as an officer up to age 46. No problem there. Today I spoke with a Navy recruiter who asked me some medical questions and when I told him I had a kidney removed almost 20 years ago (no problems since and it was a fluke that it was even discovered) he said too bad, you can't join the military because of it. I run marathons and have never had any problems. Not saying that a marathon is the same as military duty, but if the issue is hydration - it has never been an issue for me.
Does anybody know someone who has gone in with one kidney? whether congenital or surgery related?
Oct 4, '12
Go into the 40-501 thoroughly. It is definitely a DQ, multiple reasons I would think, including the hydration one you said. Anyone can live with one kidney, noone can really live with zero. Let's say you arent even in combat but just have a training accident. You damage your one good kidney, well the army is left holding a much larger tab than if you had that damaged one removed but still had a good one. Not to mention that your kidneys help to cleans your blood stream of toxins, the same type of toxins you may run into in a combat environment. i.e. chemical weapons. I know it sucks to hear that you are medically disqualified, and as they say there are waivers for everything. Unfortunately, just getting a waiver for anything now days is beyond difficult. The military is downsizing, and with a bad civilian job market, more and more Americans are choosing to join. Therefore, they have their proverbial picks of the litter. DO not give up though. You have a few years left. I think the actual cutoff time on age is actually 42, in that time you never know, the economy could take an upswing and we could break out into WWIII. Good luck in your endeavor.
2-15. Urinary system
(1) Current absence of one kidney, congenital (753.0) or acquired (V45.73) does not meet the standard.
Spouse going through the Army application as I type this.
Last edit by nursespouse on Oct 4, '12