Cleveland, OH asked in Military Law for Michigan

Q: I need some help with medical disqualifications

My name is Michael, I'm a 20 year old who was diagnosed with asperger's autism at a young age. I was told by a marine recruiter that asperger's autism is a disqualification for joining any branch of the military, is that true? I need some clarity

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Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Licensed in Michigan

A: Your best bet is to check with recruiters from the different branches; each branch has different criteria. Military recruiting standards fluctuate, and some disqualifiers can be waived. Ultimately, though, you'll need to find a recruiter willing to work with you. All recruiters have quotas and thus have a heavy incentive to do what they can to get you in IF you qualify. That Marine recruiter telling you no sounds that he was right, at least for the Marine Corps.

Paul E. Tennison agrees with this answer

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