"i'm slighly taken aback by the comment about volunteering information. i've heard to disclose everything because later on down the road it will catch up to you. besides, i don't think i can hide spinal fusion.....but you're daying not to volunteer it up front. what if i'm asked upfront if i have anything that might be disqualifying such as any surgeries??"
i never said to hide anything or not fully disclose. i just wrote not to volunteer anything - no one needs to know any of your medical information - yet.
once you have your packet submitted and you do go through meps, you will fill out a dd form 2807-1, which will ask you if you "have ever had or do you now have: recurrent back pain or any back problem.....plate(s), screw(s), rod(s) or pin(s) in any bone....."
and then you will be given an oppportunity to explain.
i never told you or hinted that you should hide the truth or be dishonest. that goes against the army values, among them: integrity: do what's right, legally, and morally.
army regulation 40-501 -- standards of medical fitness
---->the causes for rejection for appointment, enlistment, and induction (without an [color=#3366cc]approved waiver
) are an authenticated history of:
current or history of ankylosing spondylitis or other inflammatory spondylopathies (720) is disqualifying.
current or history of any condition, including, but not limited to the spine or sacroiliac joints, with or without objective signs that:
(1) prevents the individual from successfully following a physically active vocation in civilian life (724) or that is associated with local or referred pain to the extremities, muscular spasm, postural deformities or limitation of motion is disqualifying.
(2) requires external support is disqualifying.
(3) requires limitation of physical activity or frequent treatment is disqualifying.
current deviation or curvature of spine (737) from normal alignment, structure, or function is disqualifying if:
(1) it prevents the individual from following a physically active vocation in civilian life.
(2) it interferes with the proper wearing of a uniform or military equipment.
(3) it is symptomatic.
(4) there is lumbar scoliosis greater than 20 degrees, thoracic scoliosis greater than 30 degrees, or kyphosis and lordosis greater than 55 degrees when measured by the cobb method. d. history of congenital fusion (756.15), involving more than two vertebral bodies is disqualifying. any surgical fusion of spinal vertebrae (p81.0) is disqualifying.
current or history of fractures or dislocation of the vertebrae (805) is disqualifying. a compression fracture, involving less than 25 percent of a single vertebra is not disqualifying if the injury occurred more than 1 year before examination and the applicant is asymptomatic. a history of fractures of the transverse or spinous processes is not disqualifying if the applicant is asymptomatic.
history of juvenile epiphysitis (732.6) with any degree of residual change indicated by x-ray or kyphosis is disqualifying.
current herniated nucleus pulposus (722) or history of surgery to correct this condition is disqualifying.
current or history of spina bifida (741) when symptomatic, if there is more than one vertebra level involved or with dimpling of the overlying skin is disqualifying. history of surgical repair of spina bifida is disqualifying.
the department of defense (dod) sets the [color=#3366cc]overall medical standards
for people wishing to join the u.s. military. these standards are the same for all the military branches, including the coast guard. (the department of homeland security has agreed to use the same standards to make meps processing easier. the only notable difference is that shell fish allergies is a non-waiverable condition for the coast guard)