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Military Career With ASD?

Military Career With ASD?

My son, age 15, is obsessed with the military and has been for quite some time. He is very high functioning but still has some issues, particularly because he is also ADHD. When he takes his medication, he does very well, but there is still that inability to read subtle social cues, fixation on a topic, etc. Does anyone know if it is possible to enter the military with an ASD diagnosis?

A MyAutismTeam Member said:

Were you deliberately trying to be snotty Brian Matthews? PuzzleLover asked a legitimate question and clearly stated her/his son has a dual Dx and is on meds. Maybe WildFlower3's daughter doesn't have an ASD diagnosis, but she did bring up another variable that is worth considering, as it is not as simple as whether the military accepts those with ASD. She may not have answered the main question, but it didn't make her information or perspective any less valuable. This site is about sharing information and people shouldn't be ridiculed because they failed to meet "Your" criteria for responding to inquiries.

With that being said, this question has not been answered and it is one that I am interested in knowing. My son is not obsessed with the military, but he is interested in possibly joining one of our armed forces. I don't think this is a good idea whatsoever, but he doesn't need to hear it from me. Therefore, I thought of contacting one of our local recruitment office(s) to get some answers and let him hear it for himself.

posted over 2 years ago
A MyAutismTeam Member said:

I'm a U.S. Army veteran. Autism is not an automatic disqualifier but would probably need to get a waiver for it. Some people think the military will take anyone but it's not the case as some soldiers are more trouble than they are worth.

"Military recruiters have struggled to compete in a growing U.S. economy, with low unemployment rates and private companies paying more to graduating seniors. Only about 30 percent of 17- to 24-year-olds meet the physical, mental and moral requirements for the military, and only one in eight are interested in serving."

Your son is 15 so he has a lot of time to do some research. Your best bet is to talk to an Army (needs more recruits than other branches) recruiter about ASD/ADHD. Things may change for him and the military standards in the next 3 years.

"Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or Perceptual/Learning Disorder(s) (315) is disqualifying unless the applicant can demonstrate passing academic performance and there has been no use of medication in the previous 12 months. Newer regulations may allow for waivers on a case-by-case basis."

https://www.thebalancecareers.com/military-medi...-(Phone number can only be seen by the question and answer creators)

Medical disqualifiers

https://www.military.com/join-armed-forces/disq...

Recruiting goals

https://www.foxnews.com/us/army-misses-2018-rec...

posted over 2 years ago
A MyAutismTeam Member said:

If I remember, meds were ok for Sea Cadets. We went to an initial meeting and were very impressed with what was offered. My son, at the time, decided it was not for him. He has had a challenging two years and is currently in a Therapeutic Boarding school. When he comes home in May, he has said that he would like to join the Sea Cadet program, afterall. You will not be recruited or harassed if you reach out. I highly recommend you follow the directions on the main site. Your local battalion commander will reach out at some point and let you know when the next info meeting in your area will take place. It is worth checking out. You can also speak directly to the commander and ask any questions you might have. I hope this helped.

posted over 2 years ago
A MyAutismTeam Member said:

Great Point - with wired differently kids, Gut health is an issue and God knows what is in the vaccines. If you look back on history, they often used our GI's as guinea pigs to test all sorts of drugs, etc. This is fact, not fiction. Being fully aware of what one is signing up for is key. I am proud of the men and women who have chosen a military career and to protect our rights as Americans, but I worry for the ones that go into it blindly.

posted over 2 years ago
A MyAutismTeam Member said:

@A MyAutismTeam Member, I agree with you about the Grade F meat. Chicken is graded with letters, from A to C only, and red meat is labeled as prime, select, choice, etc. "Grade F" meat is an invention of someone who wanted to make institutions (schools, prisons, military...hmm, that is an interesting grouping, isn't it?) look bad. But goodness, couldn't you correct @A MyAutismTeam Member without using profanity?

posted over 2 years ago
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