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[IP] military life

In response to the military life being unpredictable note below, I would say
life in general is very unpredictable.  If a diabetic wants to enlist in the
military there are certainly a number of jobs that a diabetic could do.  Not
everyone goes into combat, just like not everyone becomes a pilot, a cook, a
yeoman, a commanding officer, or infantry man.  The American Disability Act
covers the following as explained on the American Diabetes Association web

Too often in the past, people with diabetes were denied jobs or fair
treatment at work solely because they had diabetes. Now, the Americans With
Disabilities Act of 1990 puts the strong arm of the law on the side of
fairness. It protects many people with diabetes from job discrimination.
Knowing your rights is the first step to getting the treatment you deserve.

The Americans with Disabilities Act is a civil rights law. It protects the
rights of disabled people in several ways. Congress intended the act to
break down the barriers that keep disabled people from taking full part in
society.  The Americans With Disabilities Act bans discrimination against
disabled people much as other laws outlaw discrimination based on age, sex,
race, or religion.  Title I of the law, which deals with job discrimination,
is the part of the act that affects people with diabetes most.

The act bans discrimination against qualified people with disabilities in
all aspects of employment. These include application procedures, hiring,
firing, promotions, pay, and training.  Employers also must not discriminate
in recruiting, advertising, tenure, or layoff.  The act also protects
disabled people from unfair treatment in leave and fringe benefits.

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Date: Sun, 23 Sep 2001 23:27:11 EDT
From: email @ redacted
Subject: [IP] military life

Military duty is very unpredictable.  At a moment's notice, you can be sent
to another duty location.  What if you are waiting for your supplies or
replacement pump? Your family may not be able to send them to you for your
location may be secret. All military must be ready and able to do what they
are called to do. It would not be equitable for persons with diabetes to sit
at a desk in a safe location while your comrade served 3 tours in Viet Nam.
And if you were asked to "cover" for your company mate while he flushed out
the enemy, you couldn't say "after I change out my infusion set."  There
would be no guarantee that your insulin and supplies would be available
everywhere.  What if your office were taken over by some anti group and you
were hostage for several days.  Most career military serve at least 2
assignments of one year in places where families are not authorized to go.
For example, Korea. Try that for stress levels. No, it has nothing to do
the military not wanting to pay for your medical care. Some folks with type
who were already in military and not on insulin have been allowed to stay,
each situation on its own merit.  Priscilla Schell, RNCDE and Army wife for
23 years.
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