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Can someone with high blood pressure join the armed services?
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Can someone with high blood pressure join the armed services?

I'm 19 now, have had hbp since i was 16 and am on blood pressure medication. also have been diagnosed with depression in the past, would these two things prevent me from being accepted?







Marine5
NO...End of Story...


Trailltrader
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Kid, I've got a daughter whos air force whos older than you. I'm an old man now, but if you try to do what you're thinking? Kid they'll throw your butt into stockade (Military Jail) and then to make things worse, you won't be able to get social security and other federal aid. OK, Now I've told you what you can't do. Now I'm going to tell you what you can do- fair enough? Try to get on with one of the Sheriff or Police Department- they're paramilitary and its hard to find good people for doing that kind of work. Third option is to join the Civil Air Patrol and see if you could become a navigator (If you've got an extra 75000, you could be a pilot and fly your own plane if you get Instrument and multiengine certified) I like you kid. Know why? Cause you're willing to put it on the line and put your life on the line- and then I see these "guest stars' on COPS and other TV shows and I lose faith in humanity. Contact me off answers if I can be of help ok? Good Luck


Eagle1 Fox2
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It depends on what you consider "high" blood pressure to be, but yes, it generally is disqualifying. As far as depression goes, it only matters if it is current, you required long term care for it, or it impaired school or work. See AR 40-501, Standards of Medical Fitness. It is the same regulation MEPS uses. Chapter 2 Physical Standards for Enlistment, Appointment, and Induction 2–19. Vascular system b. Current or history of hypertensive vascular disease (401) is disqualifying. Elevated blood pressure defined as the average of three consecutive sitting blood pressure measurements separated by at least 10 minutes, diastolic greater than 90 mmHg or three consecutive systolic pressure measurements greater than 140 mmHg is disqualifying (796.2). 2–27. Learning, psychiatric and behavioral disorders d. Current mood disorders including, but not limited to, major depression (296.2–3), bipolar (296.4–7), affective psychoses (296.8–9), depressive not otherwise specified (311), are disqualifying. (1) History of mood disorders requiring outpatient care for longer than 6 months by a physician or other mental health professional (V65.40), or inpatient treatment in a hospital or residential facility is disqualifying. (2) History of symptoms consistent with a mood disorder of a repeated nature that impairs school, social, or work efficiency is disqualifying.







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