join the army with diabetes in a support role

Anonymous
By Anonymous Latest Reply 2012-04-15 09:45:23 -0500
Started 2012-04-14 20:00:30 -0500

Hello im a type 1 diabetic for 8 years and a staff sergeant in the civil air patrol ( air force auxiliary).

"One of the Army's finest has to constantly prove to the military and himself that diabetics can serve our great county with honor and distinction. As a diabetic, Mark Thompson has earned a Bronze Star and has proven that any diabetic who wants to serve our county should have the opportunity to prove their ability to effectively control the disease while performing military duties without geographical limitation."

After seeing this story i was surprised that a man who the army already knew was a diabetic still sent him overseas. Then i found this petition below If this man could go overseas and fight in a combat role with diabetes shouldn't other diabetics be allowed to enlist and serve in non combat roles such as the army Finance Corps or Medical Service Corps? both with no combat roles.

thank you,

Liam

http://www.change.org/petitions/u-s-departmen...


4 replies

Jeanae
Jeanae 2012-04-15 09:45:23 -0500 Report

Unfortunately the government has been making so many cuts to military health care and every branch is down sizing so they have to be very picky about who they take and who can serve. The Medical Corp has to be able to deploy anywhere so they look very carefully at what medical issues they have. If a person has a problem while deploying then they are short staffed. So while it does seem unfair… it all boils down to cost. The Armed forces are shrinking but our commitmemts are increasing, even though we are out of Iraq and soon to be out of Afghanistan, we are picking up commitments in other areas of the world. Right now it is not uncommon for the men and women who deploy to have to do back to back deployments. So while I absolutely support you I would stress that is HAS to be a non-deployable position because it is so unfair to the unit to be out even 1 person for any amount of time while deployed. I know a man that was washed out of boot camp because he had psorisis. That is how picky they are getting. It used to be that you had several attempts to pass boot camp but now they wash you after the second fail whether it is academics or pt.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-04-14 20:35:37 -0500 Report

Hi, and don't be shy about picking a username, you'll still be anonymous so don't worry.

This is a great petition, and being from a military family, son is Air Force , brother Army special forces from age 18 to mid 50's and uncles & cousins as well it hits home for me. I think anyone if able to do a job should be allowed in the military. There is always something to do. When I was young I wanted to serve, but being a juvenile diabetic it was a no. I was healthy and in extremely good physical shape and couldn't understand why not. With all the advances now there isn't a good reason why the military won't make the allowances.

Good for you for standing up:)

jayabee52
jayabee52 2012-04-14 20:42:10 -0500 Report

Sometimes I have posted thing annonymously without intending to do so.

I suspect that this is the case here since the Annonymous aspect is undone when Liam signed his name. Unfortunately unless Liam decides to contact the DC admins through the feedback link below and ask that the Annon feature be undone in this case there is no way to undo the Annon like there is with the posts responding to Original Discussion Posts.

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