Quote from Job83
Hi, I'm new here. Nice to meet all of you!
I know there are quite a few nurses with military backgrounds around here. Thought I would share my thoughts on what I'm looking into.
I am about to graduate from a BSN program in December. I may begin my career with the Navy. I always wanted to join the military, I wanted to join right out of high school but went to college instead. ...I also used an inhaler before adolescence. I assume this is no problem.
So, what do you all think I will hear when I take the physical a few weeks from now?
Congratulations on your upcoming graduation!!
I am in a similar situation somewhat yet I will not graduate until June 2007 and am applying for the Army Nurse corps.
What I have heard is that asthma that was before the age of 13 will not keep you out. In regards to the other issues I have heard repeatedly that when you go to Meps for the physical, (and this is from the Meps website) it is not the time to dig for second opinions from their doctors because whatever is mentioned there will need to be documented and previous documentation will be needed in order to clear). So, if you have a documented injury that requires a waiver, you need to have that listed and the doctor will need to release the paperwork stating that the injury will not prevent you from performing PT, (or something ,not 100% sure). If you knee will not stop you from running and you are able to run, then I'd say you are able to run yet, if it is a serious injury that has you debilitated and you cannot run for your OBC training and to pass the APFT, (Army physical fitness test) I am clueless.
I don't have the Meps website url handy but if you do a search for it you can read their own advice, really, i do not think they want to eliminate more people than they absolutely have to yet, some things will d/q people beyond waiver.
Hopefully more military nurses will come along with better advice, good luck!