Posted on Apr 2, 2024
PFC Hunter Martinez
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I was in basic at Fort Benning. During basic I had fallen depressed and I actually notified someone before I wanted to commit the act of suicide and I’m glad they took me seriously otherwise my condition today would have been a different story this is the first time and only time I’ve actually went down that path normally I had coping mechanisms but long story short there was a lot of Sexual abuse in my childhood and I never really dealt with it I just brushed it under the rug and kept it pushing until it all just started making me depressed and having suicidal ideations after the event in basic where I was suicidal I was involuntarily committed to the 4th floor which I’m thankful for today for the drill sgt who done so . But after that they asked me if I was willing to continue training after I received the help I needed at that time and I of course said yes but in the end they ended up discharging me and sending me home I’m reading over the paperwork after two years of being out and trying to recoup and do whatever I need I think to cope and deal with the childhood events that took place I’m ready to get back in the fight the paperwork basically states something about adjustment disorder with depressed mood is that waiverable? and if so how long of a process am I looking at under todays policies ?
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It's not a matter of if the Active Duty Army is able to give you a waiver, it's the matter of IF they'll GRANT you a waiver. The RE-3 requires a waiver on its own. The JFW will also require a waiver (separate from the RE-3) due to the medical background/history.

If you were prescribed any meds during this time, were those meds on the DQ list? Because if they were then you'd have to show stability while off those meds for a specific time frame. And those waivers will have to be approved at Recruiting Command. Which can take several months because they are getting waiver requests daily from Recruiters all over the Country.

But, the people you really need to speak with are those that work in an Recruiting office.
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No meds were taken.
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PFC Hunter Martinez - Now that I'm at a computer and can more easily look up Medical Qualifications (which I recommend you research DoD Instruction 6130.03), it states for Adjustment Disorder:

History of a single adjustment disorder if treated or symptomatic within the previous
6 months, or any history of chronic (lasting longer than 6 months) or recurrent episodes of adjustment disorders.

and

History of personality disorder or maladaptive personality traits including reasonable
suspicion for the presence of an undiagnosed personality disorder, based on: Psychological testing revealing that the degree of immaturity, instability, personality
inadequacy, impulsiveness, or dependency may reasonably be expected to interfere with their adjustment to the Military Services.

For your depressed mood (which would be called depressive disorder):

Depressive disorder if:
(1) Outpatient care including counseling required for longer than 12 cumulative months;
(2) Symptoms or treatment within the previous 36 months;
(3) The applicant required any inpatient treatment in a hospital or residential facility;
(4) Any recurrence; or
(5) Any suicidality (in accordance with Paragraph 6.28.m.).

And Para 6.28.m states for suicidality as:
History of suicidality, including:
(1) Suicide attempt(s);
(2) Suicidal gesture(s);
(3) Suicidal ideation with a plan; or
(4) Any suicidal ideation within the previous 12 months

Either way, you need to speak with a Recruiter
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SSgt Christophe Murphy
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With everything you have mentioned there may be a waiver or two needed. You need to start having these conversations with your local recruiter. They are the ones who have all the answers and have all the power with facilitating this.

The biggest concern though is that nobody wants to have a reoccurrence of what happened before. You will be put through the process of showing that you have a clear medical which could be intimidating and an exhausting process. I never tell anyone what to want or what to pursue but I always stress full disclosure. You need to have a honest expectation of what will be happening. You need to know going into this that all eyes will be on you because nobody wants to thrust you back into a situation without knowing for sure that you are in a better place , your mental health is good and knowing that you won't backslide back into the same place you were when you went through training last time.

I wish you luck.
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