How to pass the military asthma test

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How to pass the military asthma test
You must pass a physical exam before you can enlist in the military. (checking the breath with the stethoscope image by Elnur from Fotolia.com)

The military has specific physical guidelines for enlistment, including guidelines about asthma. Current guidelines state that asthma is only disqualifying if it occurs after your 13th birthday. You may need to provide documentation and medical records and prove in the medical exam that you have not suffered from asthma since that time. If asthma attacks occurred after your 13th birthday, it is still possible to receive a waiver. Granting of the waiver may require an additional medical examination, review by the proper authorities and application to a specific branch of the military.

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Things you need

  • Previous medical records indicating severity, occurrence and treatment of asthma

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Complete the Medical Prescreen of Medical History Report, DD Form 2807-2. This includes providing truthful answers to questions related to respiratory issues such as asthma and allergies. If you answer "yes" to any of these questions, provide details about any issues.

  2. 2

    Bring any required additional documentation to the medical examination. The staff will provide instructions about specific documentation required.

  3. 3

    Complete the Report of Medical History, DD Form 2807-1, and Supplemental Health Screening Questionnaire, Form 40-1-15-E. Include any limitations related to asthma, frequency of issues, the last time the issue occurred and any treatment you have had.

  4. 4

    Complete the medical exam, as guided by medical staff. This exam includes examination of the lungs and chest.

  5. 5

    If required, complete a special consultation. Special consultations typically occur on the same day as the physical examination. A special consultation may include an exercise Pulmonary Function Test (PFT). An exercise PFT involves taking spirometry readings before and after physical exercise.

Tips and warnings

  • Be truthful in your answers in the medical history report and when responding to questions.

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