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    Hello everyone first I would like to introduce myself. My name is Derek and I am in the process of joining the army. I am waiting on some medical reports to get ok'd so I can go to meps. I have a question that I have done sone research on and haven't found a concrete answer and my recruiter isn't positive. I had epilepsy at the age of five.. I had siezures until I was 10 ( I am now 21) I haven't had a siezures since 10 and have been off medication since that time. What are the chances of them telling me I cannot join. It has been a dream of mine to serve my country and am really hoping this won't disqualify me. The info I found said If you are siezure free for 5 years without meds I should be ok. Others said I cannot join at all! Any info would help and thank you to all of you who serve this great country!


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    We have a experienced recruiter here named MPclk2006 who comes by often and he could help you out with straight advice..

    I remember seeing a dude, who sat down with SGT G in the recruiters office concerning epilepsy. He was DQ'd. It sucks and I wish I had better info and knowledge but that's what I saw first hand. That was awhile back so who know's. It's a tough waiver reg

    It's up to the doc's at meps, and their a funny bunch of squirrels. keep Reaching High..

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    Thank you for your response

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    Quote Originally Posted by DerekB View Post
    Thank you for your response
    Good Luck, Cruit, I wish you well. Keep looking for our resident recruiter. He'll be by soon..


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    I'm not all that sure but is epilepsy one of those "incurable diseases"? If so, even though you're seizure free that still might not wash with the Army.

    Not to liken you to an animal but my Siberian Husky is epileptic. Two phenobarbitals a day & she's totally seizure-free. A great dog.

    When I was in the Navy I saw a sailor have an eplileptic seizure. The service took care of him & then discharged him. Even though I didn't know him I had heard that he never suspected he had the disease.
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    I am honestly not completly positive on if it is curable or not. But I think ( don't quote me on this) is that if you are siezure free for five yours with no medicine and continue being in remission for another few years u are considered epileptic free. Again not positive but most epileptics are not able to obtain a license. I recieved my license right in time at age 16 so I don't know if that right there confirms I'm epileptic free or not. And no worries comparing me to the dog lol. By the way that is a beautiful animal

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    It all sounds good Derek. Maybe bounce it off a Recruiter's head & see what he/she says. It's still up to the Doc at MEPS to either pass you or DQ you.

    To tell you the truth I'm not really up on a lot of the disqualifying factors. Our resident Recruiter, MPclk2006, will be around eventually & will probably be able to tell you whether it's worth a try.

    If all else fails try to get a civilian job with the Dept. of Defense or Dept. of the Army. Your service would be important there, too.
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    Ya i guess all I can do is wait and find out the news. Although I hate the waiting game lol. I should know by the middle of next week so il let all u know what happens thanks again for all of your input! Be safe and god bless all you

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    Quote Originally Posted by DerekB View Post
    Ya i guess all I can do is wait and find out the news. Although I hate the waiting game lol. I should know by the middle of next week so il let all u know what happens thanks again for all of your input! Be safe and god bless all you
    yeah waiting is a bitc*

    But hey Hope for the best, expect the worst.

    And good luck to you, I hope you get in.
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    Appreciate it

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