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Examples of Conditions which may be waived The following commonly occurring conditions do not meet established physical standards and may be permanently disqualifying. Usually, recruiters will not refer recruits with these types of conditions to MEPS without additional medical information and the records of the applicant’s private physician, or a recent medical statement addressing the diagnosis, course of care, and current condition with regard to probable assignment to arduous military duty.


1 Heart murmur.

2 History of high blood pressure not requiring medication.

3 Ruptured (herniated) disc.

4 Pseudofolliculitis barbae (PFB) (“shaving bumps”).

5 Amputation of finger(s) or toe(s).

6 Any condition requiring regular or periodic use of medication.

7 Any history of cancer (except some types of skin cancer, testicular cancer and some types of cancer of the cervix), including leukemia and Hodgkin’s disease (lymphoma).

8 Orthopedic surgery.

9 Allergies or hay fever.

10 Sensitivity to bee or insect stings/bites.

11 Asthma. (I should note here that Asthma is rarely waived. However, asthma — especially childhood asthma — is often misdiagnosed. One should see a medical specialist to determine if asthma is/was actually present. Applicable medical documentation should be provided to MEPS).


False Statements on Military Recruiting Forms

An applicant claims his recruiter told him to lie about his childhood asthma. The recruit does so and is accepted. A week before graduating boot camp, he falls ill with a breathing problem. The medical officials diagnose it as asthma, and the troop is placed in a “holding status” for several weeks while the military locates and obtains previous civilian medical records. The records are located and shows a childhood diagnosis of asthma. The recruit is given an administrative discharge for fraudulent entry, with a Reenlistment Eligibility (RE) code of “4” (he can never enlist again). His fraudulent entry discharge will follow him for the rest of his life Source