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    Im sorry if this is in the wrong section, but what are the rules about asthma? I had it real bad when I was little, (birth to around 7 years old). It only acts up in the spring following a cold or cough but just recently my doctor was about to clear asthma from my record when I had another minor asthma attack. Its been 2 full years since then with no issues what so ever regarding asthma so my questions is... is there a waivor I can receive to still allow me to join the SEALs? I read in the book Breaking BUD/S that you can still get to BUD/S for just about any medical condition if you are persistent enough. That was written a while ago so im not sure whats changed

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    Asthma is tough but waivers have been granted if you are asthma free (if you still have symptoms you're out of luck).

    Start by collecting all the paperwork regarding your asthma from the past few years.

    Is your current doctor an asthma/allergy specialist, or just a PCP? If not a specialist, find a specialist for the next steps. If you believe you are truly free of asthma, get a spirometry test done. This measures your basic lungs capacity. Your specialist should also be able to give you a methacholine challenge test. Basically, this test involves you breathing in Methacoline, which, if asthma is present, would cause your lungs to spasm. Basically it will induce an asthma attack if you have asthma, and if you don't, you'll be fine. Collect these results (if you are asthma free) and ask your specialist to write you a note declaring you fit for duty.

    Get all your paperwork regarding your conditions, bring it to your recruiter, and he will send it in to see if you will be granted a waiver. Make sure you have all your paperwork, in chronological order, and all the Navy's questionnaires filled out completely for the quickest response and best chance.

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    • #3
      Im currently a freshmen in highschool planning to enlist instead of college. I still have a long time but should i have this test done now as opposed to right before I request a waiver?

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      • #4
        Get all tests done that you can and make sure you PASS them and as far as getting you documents together, dont just get from the past few years they are going to want to see every single thing that is related to breathing through your entire file.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by SpencerT View Post
          Im currently a freshmen in highschool planning to enlist instead of college. I still have a long time but should i have this test done now as opposed to right before I request a waiver?
          If you believe you're truly free of asthma, then you can get it done now. If not, there's no rush, you can wait a year or two if you have to. You have a good three years before you can do anything, so you don't have to do it now. But if they can see you've been asthma free at your current age as opposed to waiting a few years, you're probably better off.

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          • #6
            Thanks for the advice, im going to get a few tests done and I will see what happens from there

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