Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentMilitary · 1 decade ago

If there is a medical reason, can/will army medical cover laser hair removal?

I'm currently in the army, and generally I tend to shave or wax any back/chest hair that I have during the summer months. The hair on my chest particularly will grow fairly thick if I don't manage it.

My concern comes as this: I have done one deployment to Iraq, and will be doing another to Afghanistan next summer. Anyone who has been there knows it is damned hot in those countries, and much of your time is spent wearing body armor. The problem is that if I do not shave my body hair I become much hotter, sweat much more, and thus have a much more difficult time in the blazing heat. Now, if I do shave my body hair, wearing body armor will cause many of the follicles to become inflamed, itchy, irritable, and often leads to ingrown hairs.

So, it's a lose lose situation. Leave the hair, I sweat more, and run a greater risk of overheating. Not to mention its just miserable. Shave the hair and I'm cooler, but must endure massive skin irritations. Not to mention especially during a deployment the opportunity to remove body hair may not always be present, and it sure as heck isn't easy trying to shave your back without a mirror or two on hand.

My question is: Given a solid enough medical reason, would the army pay for something like Laser hair removal? How would I go about approaching this issue?

4 Answers

  • Mrsjvb
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    I have absolutely no idea if they would consider that a valid enough reason.

    all you can do is ask... you start with your PCM.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    no its considered a cosmetic surgery (since you CAN operate with the hair and with folliculitis, its just not what you'd prefer). the army used to cover 1 cosmetic surgery per soldier but not anymore.

  • 1 decade ago

    If you can justify it I'm sure they would allow it. Go to your Tricare and ask.

  • 1 decade ago

    go to your tricare doesn't hurt to ask....

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