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"Welcome to the first and only episode of ""What About My Prescription?"". I'm your host Sgt. Volkin, and in this episode I'll be fielding questions from a fake audience today.
Alright, thank you very much. So, what will happen if you bring your prescription medicines to Basic Training? Very easy answer. It's going to be taken away from you. If you require medication you most likely won't get passed MEPS, or the Medical Entrance Processing Station.
Once you're at Basic Training and you need to obtain medicine, you can go to Sick Hall and get it there. Sick Hall's not that much fun though. If the medication is strong enough that you can overdose, you're going to have to take the medication with your Drill Sargeant, and that usually comes with contingencies like doing push-ups so that's not fun.
So, let's go ahead and go to the questions from our fake audience.
Question number one: ""Can I bring my birth control with me to Basic Training""?
The answer is 'No'
Question number two: ""Can I bring my asthma inhaler?""
The answer is 'No' In fact, you can't even get into the military with asthma, so the answer is still 'No'.
Question number three: ""Can I bring my heartburn pills?""
The answer is 'No'.
Another question from our fake audience is ""Can I bring my heart-worm medication?""
Not unless you're a canine and if you're a canine, you can't get into the military, so the answer is 'No'.
Another question: ""Can I bring my Viagra?""
'No', not sure why you're going to want to bring that to Basic Training anyway.
Thank you for joining me on the series premier and the final episode of ""What About My Prescription?"""
But the military doesn’t discriminate right? Lol what a joke. I’m tougher than anyone of you, but because of epilepsy I’m not allowed to serve. Disgraceful after all my entire family served, but I and many others get the boot because we were born with pre-existing conditions.
Collin Gillespie Thank you very much for proving my point so you have them controlled with your prescription medication you still cannot join. As you said it was 6 years almost a whole decade of being seizure free. That still is not a guarantee that you will not have one. My point is that this is a national security crisis according to a February 13, 2018 report by the Heritage foundation 71% of Americans between the ages of 17 and 24 cannot join the military because of pre-existing conditions. I’m doing my best to keep strong and keep my country strong.
Bruh it’s not discrimination haha. My epilepsy has been gone 6 years and I have prescription meds that if I could bring I would have gone but I don’t know if I could bring those to basics. I’ve met the criteria of joining since I have been free of 6 years. However I also understand the caution they take. You are putting their life at danger joining if your epilepsy is not controlled like mine.
Chandler Allen you can't i just tried to join last week i talked to 2 recruiters for the army they both said don't even try and in a "friendly" way tried to get me out of their office ASAP well... one of them was friendly hypo and hyperthyroidism is a instant DQ
I have a question, so I called a recruiter and he asked if I ever took any medications, so I admitted that I took Anti anxiety medication over a year ago, but I only took them for 3 weeks, and I don't take them any more and I don't need them at all right now. Would I get disqualified for taking meds over a year ago?
I have medicine to help with my bone strength. And I need to take it like every day to help me not break my bone easily my bones are some what weaker than everyone else’s but I still ca run jump and do all that stuff can I bring that into the military/ into basic training
Can i still get in if I was given an inhaler at 14 but did not need it at all i mean can I talk to a recruiter about this so that I can get away with it and if i pass the asthma test can I get in this is my dream. I'm 16 now I'll be here so please if you have any knowledge give me some feedback.
What if I have blood pressure meds that were prescribed by a military doc because I am a military spouse? you didn't mention that. plus meps saw my medical read that stated my history of hypertension and the name of the medication I was taking and I was able to go to meps. I know that my meds won't be a cause a burden on the military because they are already paying for them anyways...
I have Restless leg syndrome which only bothers me for sleeping ( I'll stay up late but will usually fall asleep if I don't take it) so I take a prescription a couple hours before bed. Does anyone have any knowledge or know of any cases where this type of medication was allowed?
I have ADHD, How do I get into the military? I have been dreaming of the military since I was five years old. Then I got diagnosed with ADHD at age eight. I requier medication from my parents, but I feel and act just fine without them. Do I need a weiver?
Mine too. I want to join the navy or air force but I have asthma. It makes me sad seriously. I don't know what I want to do because I've always wanted to join. I get it though you can't have an asthma attack when your in combat.
For the women asking about cramps, they will give you medication. They also have options for birth control. You cannot bring any medication whatsoever with you to basic training. If you need anything, ask for it, including a tampon.
+EmoBurrito123 Only if you haven't had a migraine in the past 3 years I believe is what it is. Sucks I know I'm in the same boat sort of. I am having difficulty joining because I was given an inhaler once when I was shortness of breath (allergies or something) I was never diagnosed with asthma.
Just ask the recruiter to give you a medical review form to send in to MEPS. It'll take a few months (Mine took 2) but you'll get a response of whether MEPS will look at you or not. Then, you'll either be cleared, denied, or have a waiver request sent out. This usually takes about a week.
Also, make sure you get your ENTIRE medical record to submit.
+Andrew Holstein I got asthma when I was 6 and never had asthma attacks and I stop using medication when I was 17. In 2012 I tooked the pulmonary function test and passed (lost the doctor notes so im gonna take it again in a few weeks)
Would I be able to get a waiver?
+Shiloh Kingston Well it depends on what branch you join. Even if you've had asthma after 13.
For instance, the Army requires you be off your Asthma meds for 1 year, and submit ALL your medical documentation to MEPS. From the date you were born, up until when you reported for recruitment. For the Air force it's 2 years, and for the Navy I believe you just have to pass a Pulmonary Function Test.
+Andrew Holstein Waiver is only possible if you haven't had an asthma set-on or issues after a certain age. Maybe like thirteen. If you run and still get weezy after age 13 then the waiver is still no good.
You can make it through with ADHD. Two of my brothers have it and both of them are in the army. One of them is a highly decorated soldier who is a qualified sniper. All you have to do is stop taking the useless medication.
Seriously they need to let people with asthma in the military it's not a huge illness in fact there are many people with asthma who are in the military I wanna join so bad but I have asthma this such. Bs
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