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Is Eczema an automatic disqualification for commission into the USPHS? Any chance for a waiver or appeal? What is the process like in doing so?

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Hello!

 

This is from AR 40-501 Army Regulation Standards of Medical Fitness, induction and appointment.

 

2–28. Skin and cellular tissues

a. Current diseases of sebaceous glands to include severe acne (706.1), if extensive involvement of the neck, shoulders, chest, or back is present or would be aggravated by or interfere with the proper wearing of military equipment, do not meet the standard. Applicants under treatment with systemic retinoids, including, but not limited to isotretinoin (Accutane®) are disqualified until 8 (eight) weeks after completion of therapy.

b. Current or history of atopic dermatitis (691) or eczema (692) after the 9th birthday does not meet the standard.

 

My previous experience was that this was not a waiverable condition for enlistment OR appointment/commissioning.

 

BUT....

 

A quick google search however gave me this link:

 

http://www.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1045846/af-evolves-policies-to-access-more-talent-maintain-high-standards/

 

Which indicates that the air force is allowing waivers for mild eczema. Best bet is to contact a USPHS recruiter

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Hello!

 

This is from AR 40-501 Army Regulation Standards of Medical Fitness, induction and appointment.

 

2–28. Skin and cellular tissues

a. Current diseases of sebaceous glands to include severe acne (706.1), if extensive involvement of the neck, shoulders, chest, or back is present or would be aggravated by or interfere with the proper wearing of military equipment, do not meet the standard. Applicants under treatment with systemic retinoids, including, but not limited to isotretinoin (Accutane®) are disqualified until 8 (eight) weeks after completion of therapy.

b. Current or history of atopic dermatitis (691) or eczema (692) after the 9th birthday does not meet the standard.

 

My previous experience was that this was not a waiverable condition for enlistment OR appointment/commissioning.

 

BUT....

 

A quick google search however gave me this link:

 

http://www.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1045846/af-evolves-policies-to-access-more-talent-maintain-high-standards/

 

Which indicates that the air force is allowing waivers for mild eczema. Best bet is to contact a USPHS recruiter

 

 

I was never sure if USPHS follows the military guidelines or not.

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I did a quick search for the requirements for appointment into the USPHS, but didn't have good luck. If I dug deeper I am sure I could find something. Being that USPHS is not military, and its members are not trained in arms, then the physical requirements may be very different!

 

Best bet, I believe that you should contact a USPHS recruiter to get the best information!

 

Kyle

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Were you ever able to get an answer for your question? 
I believe the USPHS uses the Navy standards for their physical and medical requirements. I have a condition that is likely an automatic disqualifier, but I am holding out hope that I might eventually be able to join. Considering it is autoimmune in nature, that probably isn't likely... 

@Cooperkyle the USPHS isn't military, but they are one of the 7 uniformed services of the United States. They are also able to be deployed to austere regions, so fitness is still very important. 

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