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Re: [IP] I want to go to war but I'can't why diabetes(A RESPONSE)

Response to your inquiry on diabetes and it's affect on eligibility for the
-----Original Message-----
From: Armijo Damian MSgt AFRS/IGQ [mailto:email @ redacted]
Sent: Thursday, March 01, 2001 10:50 AM
To: 'email @ redacted'
Cc: Holaday James Col AFRS/RSO; Lawson Roger Capt AFRS/RSMA
Subject: Response to your inquiry on diabetes and it's affect on eligibility
for the military


The following information was received directly from the Air Education and
Training Command Surgeon General's Office. We trust it will answer your
questions, however, feel free to contact us with any other questions you may

"The consistent policy of the Department of Defense (DoD) is stated in its
directive concerning physical standards for appointment, enlistment, and
induction into the Armed Services. These standards are to ensure applicants
for military service are free of medical conditions or defects that would
require excessive time lost from duty for necessary treatment or
hospitalization, are medically capable of satisfactorily completing required
training, are medically adaptable to the military environment without the
necessity of geographical limitations, and medically capable of performing
duties without aggravation of existing medical conditions. DoDD 6130.3,
Section F3, states that applicants are medically disqualified if they have
the diagnosis of "Diabetes Mellitus, any type, including a history of
juvenile onset (insulin-dependent, Type I)". In establishing medical
standards requirements, military medical authorities consider the uniqueness
and considerable difference between the civilian clinical setting and the
military environment under which its members operate.

The natural course of Diabetes Mellitus (DM) as a disease entity is not
compatible with active military service. The diabetic patient is
susceptible to a series of significant complications that cause morbidity
and possible premature mortality. While some patients may never develop
these problems, medical literature supports the tendency toward the high
risk of occurrence. These complications may affect the cardiovascular,
ocular, renal, and neurological body systems to name some of the general
problem areas. Compared to the normal population, diabetics are twice as
likely to have a stroke, myocardial infarct is two to ten times more
frequent, and peripheral vascular disease is five to ten times more likely.
The average life expectancy of insulin-dependent diabetics, diagnosed before
the age of 30, has been reported as 29 years, with over half failing to
reach 50 years of age. Diabetics are 25 time more likely to suffer partial
or complete loss of vision compared to non-diabetics. A special problem in
the diabetic patient is the development of ulcers in the lower extremities.

There is some evidence that diabetic complications can be prevented by the
meticulous control of diabetes. It is clear the civilian clinical setting
is the only environment where such controls can be implemented. Considering
these hard facts, military medical authorities unanimously and consistently
recommend the current DoD medical standards as concern Diabetes Mellitus be
sustained in the best interests of the applicant and the Armed Services."

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