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ADHD and the Marine Corps


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Joined: Nov 21, 2007
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Posted Nov 21, 2007 at 7:21:30 PM
Subject: ADHD and the Marine Corps

I'm trying to join the Marine Corps, and I am scheduled to go to MEPS on the 3rd of December. I only got a 65 on the AFQT (no advance studying..), and I'm now concerned about something. My recruiter had me omit my pyschiatric history on the prescreen form. Namely, I was diagnosed with ADHD and OCD as a child, and prescribed medication for it as recently as 15. At the same time (15), I was also "diagnosed" with depression.

Now, I have had no problem with either condition since then, and I was never really depressed. I haven't suffered from ADHD since I was a young child. None of these things affect me in the slightest, so my recruiter told me that "it'll just add unnecessary paperwork". Will they uncover my lie at MEPS? I want to be a Scout/Sniper, will the necessary security clearance uncover my lie? What if I eventually become Force Recon? If I change my story now, will my recruiter get in trouble? Will I? Could I get a waiver for my pyschiatric history?

I'm relatively intelligent (I've scored as low as 119 and as high as 146 on I.Q. tests) and rather motivated. I have no criminal history and have never done drugs. My personal trainer as a reference would attest to my work ethic and toughness. I desperately want to enlist and I consider myself an above-average recruit. Thank you :(

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mikethedj
Joined Jun 19, 2008
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Posted:Jun 19, 2008 3:43:49 PM

I didn't get into the military and I had wanted to. I had wanted to join the Navy and I ran into problems. I was going to a private therapist and did not have to reaval that I was was going and I was even paying for my own sessions and then a most unfortunate thing happened to me. Somehow at my mother's doing my private sessions got shared with the school's shrink and once that happened the deatils became a matter of public record. The MEPS people said that I was not eligible because it was a conclusion that I had what was called a "schizotypal disorder" which was about the biggest load of poop I ever heard.
My opinion is when around the military types guard your tongue. Do not divulge information. Don't let anything shoot you down before you ever leave the house. If they don't ask it, don't reaveal it. I believe I would have done well in the military. I understand the military and next to not having any children of my own, not going into the service is one of my biggest regrets.

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Mandi
Joined May 05, 2008
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Posted:Jun 20, 2008 12:03:17 AM

Are ya'all crazy?!(as opposed to LD) Ever heard of Bush (also known as the great Satan in the white house) ever heard of the Iraq war?!

Seriously, as a woman i would just like to say i spankin hate soldiers! I hate them for what they do to us back here at home. I hate them for leaving home and putting their lives in jeopardy. Especially the ones with kids who need them.

No good comes from violence. Never has never will. Anyone who has missed that fact is more learning disabled than my black lab puppy.

Find a job that does not involve inhumanity and violence/supporting violence. Become a doctor instead. Save lives rather than taking them. There is no reason you shouldn't succeed in such a carreer.

To military families, I hate violence.... I can't stand it. I hate everything the military stands for. I feel your pain and my heart remains with you as your loved ones are off away in foreign places suffering.... This is a sacrifice no one should be making. I am so sorry for those who may have lost loved ones. The individuals themselves are completely lovable but the carreer and institution for which they work.... I can not in good faith support. If i can be helpful in some way, let me know... I mean no disrespect, its just that i find some of the practices of our society sickening.

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mikethedj
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Posted:Jun 21, 2008 12:47:15 AM

It's not the soliders and sailors I dislike. I love those people because without them we would not have the freedoms that we do. What I dislike is the ill-advised decisions and orders that govern them. If I was a military person I would not be able to even say that without being in trouble.
For me, the way I perceive things, if I was off fighting in a foreign land and got killed, I could think of no other more dignified way to go. It's not the military i dislike, it's the politics that rule it. I'm in Washington, I see enough of it as it is.
If I was able to have went into the military, I would have served in Operation Desert Storm under the first George Bush. But people like me, who get spooked at the thought of standardized tests just were not going to make muster.

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Mandi
Joined May 05, 2008
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Posted:Jun 22, 2008 12:14:23 AM

Thank you for fixing my thought for me. Sometimes the way in which i say something for whatever reason just bites.... But ummm, amen.

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