Posted on Mar 18, 2019
Cadet PVT Darius Simmons
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Although it had never been an issue, I was diagnosed earlier this week on 03/12/2019 with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). I just got contracted this year on 01/27/2019 and I have a focus on branching into the Cyber Corps in hopes of being a Cyber Officer, I am unsure as to whether my diagnosis will hinder my chances or disqualify me as a whole. I did some research and found Army Regulation 40-501 mentions ADD in Chapter 2-Physical Standards for Enlistment, Appointment, and Induction paragraph 2-27.

I am currently finishing off the spring semester as an MS2 and will be heading to basic camp this summer. They prescribed me adderall and also listed that I have "Mild ADD" on my medical history. I would also like to point out that my first two years in college I have kept my GPA above a 3.0 and have not fallen below that and currently passing all my classes at the moment with no medication being taken whatsoever.

Are there any officers with an ADD diagnosis that are still servicing with this medication?
Will I lose my contract?
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CWO3 Us Marine
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What was the question again?
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Cadet PVT Darius Simmons
Cadet PVT Darius Simmons
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Question is Attention Deficit Disorder a disqualifier for a contracted cadet in Army ROTC?
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LTC Medical Logistics & Capability Development Consultant
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I think, Cadet PVT Darius Simmons, you move missed the joke!
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LTC Medical Logistics & Capability Development Consultant
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*may have
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MAJ Matthew Arnold
MAJ Matthew Arnold
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Revised original question for those with ADD/ADHD:
Does ADD/ADHD get you kicked out of ROTC.
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Alec Roman
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Yes. Don't take the medication. Was diagnosed in early 00s and took Concerta 64mg up until near end of HS. At the time DoD policy was 2 or 3 years can't remember. Medication is a liability to your duty and kept me from receiving a contract or scholarship for my my first 2 years of college and initially DQed me from AF CCT.

Side note if you are interested in branching Cyber look at attending ACI next summer after AC as a III. I will be attending this summer and is the opportunity to get an early Skill Identifier and attend West Point
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Alec Roman
Alec Roman
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Cadet PVT Darius Simmons Homeland Security with a Concentration in Intelligence. Yourself?
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Cadet PVT Darius Simmons
Cadet PVT Darius Simmons
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Alec Roman - Information Technology!, whoa, good field. How many years left before you graduate?
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LTC James McElreath
LTC James McElreath
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The ROTC Department would know besides the Recruiter
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Alec Roman
Alec Roman
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Cadet PVT Darius Simmons after this semester just a year fron commissioning. I'm assuming 2 for you?
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DoDI 6130.03
1.2. POLICY. It is DoD policy to:
a. Use the guidance in this issuance for appointment, enlistment, or induction of personnel into the Military Services.
d. Allow applicants who do not meet the physical and medical standards in this issuance to be considered for a medical waiver.
5.28. LEARNING, PSYCHIATRIC, AND BEHAVIORAL DISORDERS.
a. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, if with:
(1) A recommended or prescribed Individualized Education Program, 504 Plan, or work accommodations after the 14th birthday;
(2) A history of comorbid mental disorders;
(3) Prescribed medication in the previous 24 months; or
(4) Documentation of adverse academic, occupational, or work performance.
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