ADHD? I can't join?
coastiewanna

Greensboro, NC

#1 Jul 23, 2007
Hi I am 22 years old and I want to join the USCG as soon as possible. However, I have ADHD and have been taking medication for it for about 2-3 years. I recently read that this is disqualifying for any kind of active duty in any branch of the Armed Services. What do I do? I am really really extremely upset about this.
disgruntled mom

Willingboro, NJ

#2 Jul 23, 2007
I would say at 22 you will not be happy in the military. My daughter joined at 22 and is having a hard time, first with the money issue and then with people with no life experience thinking they know better than she.

She has lived on her own since 17 and was a manager of a major restaurant chain. She had problems in her life and mistakenly joined the guard. Now she wakes everyday regretting her decision. Her immediate supervisor is 3 years younger and making her life miserable. She has little recourse because she is still a non-rate. She is told until she gets her rank she is nothing.

Anyway, think long and hard before you join at your age. It is not glamorous and the pay sucks. Yes they provide barracks but that too was a joke. My daughter had a spoiled 18 year old with her that thought she didn't need to be responsible for her own things. The roomie even used my daughters toothbrush, used all of her hair products and did not replace them and went through her private items.

Best of luck to you.

Try the reserves.
kloey

Winters, CA

#3 Jul 23, 2007
i was wondering if the movie "the guardian" was true or if i goin the coast guard that how it's going to be training on the water and watching clips about how to be a coast guard
kloey

Winters, CA

#4 Jul 23, 2007
as they did in the based on a true story
kloey

Winters, CA

#5 Jul 23, 2007
is it hard i mean on a 1 to 10 scale how difficult is it and does it count for college because at the age you join you are suppose to go to college right?
coastiewanna

Greensboro, NC

#6 Jul 24, 2007
noone really answered my question.
Lisa

Orlando, FL

#7 Jul 24, 2007
I believe you can join, but you have to be off your meds for a certain amount of months. You need to talk to a recruiter.
Paul

Norman, OK

#8 Jul 29, 2007
Coastiewanna - You can join the Coast guard on a couple of conditions. First being that you don't take the medication anymore, or that you can opperate off of it. Second would be that you signed a waiver form understanding that they are not responsible for any mental or physical pain you may recieve for not being on this medication. You need to think long and hard, talk to your family before you ever consider signing that waiver too, because anything thats related to your ADD will not be of a concern to the Coast Guard. For instance you needed to go see a DR because of problems with being of the meds, or mentally you just needed to get something out it would not be covered by the Coast Guard, it would all come out of your pocket. The reason for this is, we all have important jobs in the Coast Guard and if you are easly distracted or cant stay focused in the classroom or in the feild, you are responsible for everyone else' lives. One thing they teach you is 10 minds are better than 1 mind (to work as a team) and if one team member fails we all fail. We do however make mistakes, but its how quickly you lean from those mistakes. Good luck with your desicion, my advice be honest with your reqruiter because they are willing to do whatever they can to help you.
Paul

Norman, OK

#9 Jul 29, 2007
kloey wrote:
i was wondering if the movie "the guardian" was true or if i goin the coast guard that how it's going to be training on the water and watching clips about how to be a coast guard
The Guardian isnt boot camp. Its Aviation Survival technician school, you have to be qualified to go there. You spend 2 months in basic, 4 months on a air station port, and if you recieve all the reccomendations and acadimic requirements as well as the Physical requirements, then you might get in. Its a question of where your heart is and do you really want to be there. Realistcally only 15 make it out of the 300 put in a year, you better be able to run forever, swim till tmrw, eat push-ups sit ups, able to work as a team, and have your heart in it to make it through. The Guardian is a good movie but dont base your desicion off of a movie. Basic isnt as hard as AST school, but the movie wasn't anywhere close to the toughness you need in basic. You do less swimming more running in Basic then they did in the guardian.
Paul

Norman, OK

#10 Jul 29, 2007
kloey wrote:
is it hard i mean on a 1 to 10 scale how difficult is it and does it count for college because at the age you join you are suppose to go to college right?
Age doesnt matter, as long as your 18 (or 17 with parent consent) and under 37. Basic training on a scale of 1 to 10 is different for everyone. Depends on your physical state (as in can you run swim moderatly, do pushups sit ups and meet certain requirements). Most of all is your heart in it? Is it really what you want to do? If it isnt then you will suffer and it will seem much harder than it really is. If your there because you want to be, it'll be a little easier because you aren't always thinking about civilian life. Once you graduate and get stationed you get a good chunk of Civilian life still too, and have a good job that pays for well everything. The Coast Guard gives you a sense of pride that others dont have to can understand. But like I said it all depends if your heart is in it, make sure its what you want to do.
Paul

Norman, OK

#11 Jul 29, 2007
disgruntled mom wrote:
I would say at 22 you will not be happy in the military. My daughter joined at 22 and is having a hard time, first with the money issue and then with people with no life experience thinking they know better than she.
She has lived on her own since 17 and was a manager of a major restaurant chain. She had problems in her life and mistakenly joined the guard. Now she wakes everyday regretting her decision. Her immediate supervisor is 3 years younger and making her life miserable. She has little recourse because she is still a non-rate. She is told until she gets her rank she is nothing.
Anyway, think long and hard before you join at your age. It is not glamorous and the pay sucks. Yes they provide barracks but that too was a joke. My daughter had a spoiled 18 year old with her that thought she didn't need to be responsible for her own things. The roomie even used my daughters toothbrush, used all of her hair products and did not replace them and went through her private items.
Best of luck to you.
Try the reserves.
Your daughter needs to check herself then. Its not about her, its about the Coast Guard first and foremost. What she can do for the Coast Guard, then its about what they can do for her. If you realize that from the start to end then you will have an experiance that can't be duplicated and you will have alot of fun and adventure. You need to do research on all the benefits, where you can go for personal or Coast guard things. I mean you can go to Disney World for a week and spend less then 1000 dollars, thats just an example. You can really reap in the benefits if you just ask. As for taking orders from someone younger, thats something we have to accept. I dont care who you are or what you do, there will be a time in your life where someone younger than you is your boss. Not everyone is meant for leadership, or upper management postions. Would your daughter be alright being responsible for others lives, what they do on a daily basis, how they do it, and handle stress real well? It doesnt sound like it, she just needs to suck it up. As a parent you need to encourage her to find the good, because there is plenty of it. There are trials that you go through in life, and its best not to complain about those times. Its a testment to yourselve and others being able to work through those trials and hard times that really defines who you are.
quentin robinson

Chula Vista, CA

#12 Feb 26, 2009
I went to a recruiting office for the coast guard and was a little dissapointed. i filled out a questionair, it asked if i had asthma or add. i said yes being honest because most people just lie, I checked my medical records and i was never diagnosed with asthma but was given an inhailer because my allergies provoked my hard breathing. Again i was not diagnosed with adhd, but i took riddalin ONCE MAYBE TWICE my mom says i was really young, but i havnt taken it since. The recruiter made it sound as if i wouldnt be accepted but both accounts were when i was young before age 10. What are my chances of making it in.
captkyguy

Celina, TX

#13 Feb 26, 2009
With medical documentation about the asthma situation is/was just being an inhaler for allergies and that you have not needed it for some time now and why you needed to take Ritalin once or twice your chances are very good. Without it your chances are not good at all. If you cannot get the original documents you will need a letterhead statement from those Doctors or clinics to that fact. Then I would suggest visiting your current family doctor and ask for a statement of facts that you do not have asthma and do not need or use an inhaler for allergies and you are not on Ritalin and you do not have ADD or ADHD.

My son was just DQ'ed for ADD and being on medication less then 1 year ago. We will try again after the 1-year date but will need to submit transcripts and statements that he can function well without the medication. It was absolutely devastating news but it is something he wants so he will try again after graduation from high school.

As you can see these posts are over 1 year old and you will find faster and more responses at www.uscg.org

I wish you the best.
Kyle
quentin robinson

Chula Vista, CA

#14 Feb 27, 2009
captkyguy wrote:
With medical documentation about the asthma situation is/was just being an inhaler for allergies and that you have not needed it for some time now and why you needed to take Ritalin once or twice your chances are very good. Without it your chances are not good at all. If you cannot get the original documents you will need a letterhead statement from those Doctors or clinics to that fact. Then I would suggest visiting your current family doctor and ask for a statement of facts that you do not have asthma and do not need or use an inhaler for allergies and you are not on Ritalin and you do not have ADD or ADHD.
My son was just DQ'ed for ADD and being on medication less then 1 year ago. We will try again after the 1-year date but will need to submit transcripts and statements that he can function well without the medication. It was absolutely devastating news but it is something he wants so he will try again after graduation from high school.
As you can see these posts are over 1 year old and you will find faster and more responses at www.uscg.org
I wish you the best.
Kyle
thanks a lot kyle, i went down to the naval hospital and got a complete copy of medical history in it it states i was diagnosed with asthma in 93, i was 7 at the time. i had bad allergies and my hard breathing was the result of my allergies. In 97 i was prescribed ritalin, my folks were going through a divorce and as i stated before i only used it once or twice at most, the recruiter said i have to be weened off of it but that makes no sence from the ammount of time i used it. the whole feel i was getting was that he just didnt want to enlist me, i dont know, anyway should i go ahead and get a letterhead from the hospital stating i no longer have asthma and am no longer on ritalin or is my complete medical history enough to bring in with me?
captkyguy

Celina, TX

#15 Feb 27, 2009
I would get the statements if at all possible to supplement your medical records. You will need to show them that you were off the inhaler in 97 as well and you did not continue with the ADD meds and have been med and inhaler free since 97.

You really need documentation from a doctor stating you do not have asthma today and do not need an inhaler and you do not have ADD and need meds.

Be safe,
Kyle
bornmegadeth23

Ames, IA

#16 Dec 29, 2009
no worries man just dont say anything about your adhd then once you are assigned to your main unit ask to go to mental health and get diagnosedf by an army doc it works thats how i got in the government isnt as smart as they may seem at times
a fan of the military

Moyock, NC

#17 Feb 26, 2010
disgruntled mom wrote:
I would say at 22 you will not be happy in the military. My daughter joined at 22 and is having a hard time, first with the money issue and then with people with no life experience thinking they know better than she.
She has lived on her own since 17 and was a manager of a major restaurant chain. She had problems in her life and mistakenly joined the guard. Now she wakes everyday regretting her decision. Her immediate supervisor is 3 years younger and making her life miserable. She has little recourse because she is still a non-rate. She is told until she gets her rank she is nothing.
Anyway, think long and hard before you join at your age. It is not glamorous and the pay sucks. Yes they provide barracks but that too was a joke. My daughter had a spoiled 18 year old with her that thought she didn't need to be responsible for her own things. The roomie even used my daughters toothbrush, used all of her hair products and did not replace them and went through her private items.
Best of luck to you.
Try the reserves.
I have a quote for you: the toothbrush thing, the hair stuff, the roomie, This is called life. Mom, if you can't support her and help her through these, you are going to keep holding her hand. Not every 22 year old should have the lavish life they always wanted. Sometimes you have to backtrack to get ahead and be greater than you were before or have the potential/opportunity to excel. As for the non-rate thing, EVERYONE has to pay their dues, in or out of the military. No one starts out at the top. If she is upset about being called nothing, she will also be disapointed in the civilian sector as well. I am not saying that everyone should be and stay military. I am suggesting that you stop looking at the stupid stuff, and realize that there are some great opportunities here that can be harnessed, if only you look at the potential instead of focusing on the fact that some roomate is using a toothbrush.

Most importantly, how does your response even remotely address the issue of ritalin? I mean for crying out loud, someone wants to fight to serve our country and you are going to discourage them with this ridiculousness.......OUTRAGEOU S.
drake hood

Maysville, GA

#18 Mar 5, 2012
hey, im drake hood and im 16 and wanting to join the army. i have been diagnosed with ADHD since i was 4. i was wondering... can i still join the army if im off of it for three years?... cause i REALLY want to join the army..
AUX COASTIE

Glen Arbor, MI

#19 Feb 27, 2013
Coastiewanna,i to have adhd and i serve voluntarily in the US. Coast Guard Auxillary. Which is the civillian uniformed branch of the CG. We serve as pilots air observers cowswains and boatcrewman/women vessel examiners and much much more. We were the original CG Reserve but a year and a half later they created the military reserve and renamed us the CG Aux.The CG has two reserves you could say paid and unpaid. We constitute numerically almost half of the members of the CG and like the fan of the millitary posted earlier its all about what we can do for our country and the CG. You can find us on google you need to have a clean record and ok credit and be at least 17. They can not keep you out by reason of your ADHD but if i werrrrre you asthe saying goes Don't ask Don't tell. I wish you the best. I love the Coast Guard. Semperparatus!
AUX COASTIE

Glen Arbor, MI

#20 Feb 27, 2013
Im sorry for the snafu if i were you as the saying goes .

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