R B asked in Politics & GovernmentMilitary · 1 decade ago

When joining the military as a commissioned officer, are ones personal health records disclosed?

As part of the entrance process for any service, prior to Boot Camp, new recruits will receive a physical exam. During that exam they will be asked about their overall health. What types of questions will be ask during this interview, and are ones personal health records disclosed to the military? What type of health concerns prevent one from serving? Asthma, Surgeries, Broken Bones w/ Pins, Allergies, Counseling for depression?

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MEDICAL EXAMINATION OF APPLICANTS FOR UNITED STATES SERVICE ACADEMIES, RESERVE OFFICER TRAINING CORPS (ROTC) SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS, INCLUDING 2- AND 3-YEAR COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS (CSP), AND THE UNIFORMED SERVICES UNIVERSITY OF THE HEALTH SCIENCES (USUHS)

http://www.army.mil/usapa/epubs/xml_pubs/r40_29/he...

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  • 1 decade ago
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    As one vying for a commission you will undergo precisely the same physical exam as those who are seeking enlistment. By affixing your signature to the Report of Medical History which you fill out you give the military permission to gain access to all of your civilian medical records. As far as the medical standards go, the source below is a link to the PDF version of those standards. Look over Chapter Two. There are over 200 conditions whose history or currency can disqualify you.

  • 1 decade ago

    First off, officers don't go to boot camp. The go to OCS (officer candidacy school) and are candidates instead of recruits. But you can disclose whatever you feel like. Their job is not to disqualify you; its to make sure you would survive under harsh conditions. After training up to it, do you think you could handle a 20 mile run or survive physical training for that matter? Slight asthma in your past should probably not be disclosed if it doesn't affect you. Broken bones, however, should be disclosed and are waiverable. If you go in there talking about a hundred ways you require special attention, they won't want to bother you, so be careful what you say.

  • 1 decade ago

    They will know what they find during the physical and if things turn up that they want to know more about then you will have to come clean. If you have asthma or something like that then you probably will not go, my gf son was rejected for having it. If you have had counseling for depression then it may not be in your best interest to go as the stress of the military environment even in peacetime is not for those who cannot handle it. I saw one guy try to commit suicide and another who 'lost it' in from of the whole battalion. Please think it over and not just look at what you may gain. Look at what you may lose. The military is not just a job, it is a lifestyle also.

    Source(s): US Navy vet
  • 1 decade ago

    They will ask you if you have had anythings you have mentioned. but they aren't going to go searching through you med records unless you give them a reason to. but if you lie about something and it comes up later you will get kicked out for fraudulent enlistment... so if you are going to lie make sure the problem is completely gone!

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  • MarJoe
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    1 decade ago

    If there was something wrong with your health before tell them up front. then they will deside if they can help you. and of course they will give you a exam. And if they think it is no big thing then they will take you in.

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