Flying and Diabetes

By cowman12 Latest Reply 2014-06-24 21:47:17 -0500
Started 2014-06-24 15:05:10 -0500

I am an Air Force pilot and just found out last week that I likely have type 1 diabetes after a trip to the ER (the doctor said it was likely brought on due to my recent survival course in which I had lost 20 pounds). I had literally just shown up for at my first duty station after completing a year of pilot training. When the military found out, they pulled me from training and now I am waiting on a med review board. I have no idea what to expect. I have heard rumors that some type 1 diabetics had convinced the board to allow them to continue flying or at least be retained in the military with a different AFSC. I was told by another doctor that some civilian airline pilots had also convinced the FAA to allow them to fly. Any thoughts, experiences, knowledge, etc is appreciated.

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Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-06-24 21:47:17 -0500 Report

Check out this forum

Wouldn't you have to be cleared by the military to fly? If you google Pilots with Diabetes you can find some information. I just read a blurb that said T1 Diabetics can fly Commercial airplanes in the US and a few other countries. The military may have different rules.

As a diabetic you have to self educate so you may want to research this information.

Glucerna 2014-06-24 19:52:16 -0500 Report

I know this is a difficult situation for you. Contact the American Diabetes Association, who advocates for PWD to work in a wide range of occupations. is the national organization website and they have an advocacy section. ~Lynn @Glucerna