By garcia89 Latest Reply 2018-02-18 17:54:03 -0600
Started 2010-01-21 18:15:42 -0600

Can anyone with type 1 or 2 diabetes join the military?

11 replies

aamonroe 2018-02-18 17:54:03 -0600 Report

You cannot join with it as a preexisitng condition; however, if you are dx’d while serving, there is a medical evaluation process that decides if your duties are hindered to the point that your diabetes makes you “unfit” for duty. My husband was dx’d as type-1 following a deployment to Iraq in 2005. He was retained, while on insulin, for a decade. Eventually, the “needs of the service” caught up with him (they were downsizing, so guess who suddenly became dispensable? Medically vulnerable service members, that’s who.

kdroberts 2010-01-22 07:34:30 -0600 Report

It's not as cut and dry as it may seem but I guess the answer is no, as long as you are thinking about the traditional view of the military and enlisting. Most of the non-combat jobs are now done by civilian contractors and they don't have the same restrictions that combat positions have. So, if you are thinking it would be cool to fly the B-2 bomber/work on an aircraft carrier/be an army ranger/etc then the answer is no. However, if you are looking at engineering improvements to a B-2 bomber/designing computer systems for an aircraft carrier/working on specialized optics for the rangers/etc then the answer is probably yes.

DeputyDan 2010-07-24 21:52:31 -0500 Report

Type II can join but you have to prove your diabetes is under control without the use of insulin or medication. Also you have to apply for a waiver I only know a few people who have made it this way.

Harlen 2010-01-21 20:04:43 -0600 Report


daniel velazco
daniel velazco 2010-01-21 20:31:02 -0600 Report

I agree it could be hazzardous to have some one in the military with diabeties.
Especialy if you are in a war zone.

Salty Chief
Salty Chief 2014-11-15 15:49:44 -0600 Report

What about in a bank robbery or a home invasion at your house? Do you trust the diabetic police officer because chances are they're probably in your town (along with the diabetic fire fighter and paramedic).

Elrond 2010-01-21 19:08:26 -0600 Report

Not unless they've changed the rules since I was in the army. The military can't guarantee meals on any specific schedule or diet plan. Also, having soldiers in diabetic coma or insulin shock would be a definite disadvantage. I was a medic and the one patient I diagnosed as a type 2 wound up with a medical discharge..

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