Posted on Mar 23, 2018
SGT Joel Gibson
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I am an OEF combat veteran. At the completion of my active service, I was discharged into the IRR. My first year off active duty, I sought counseling once for severe anxiety and mental distress I was experiencing. I was also prescribed medication that I took maybe 3-4 times. Fast-forward about 4 years, I am about to graduate with my degree in theology and I am looking to potentially entering into the Army Chaplaincy. Will I be disqualified for direct commission since any history of anxiety is a PDQ? Or is there a possibility that I will clear medical because I never had a break in service? I have been IRR the entire time. I can't seem to find any information that addresses this information directly. Any information would be deeply appreciated!

P.S. I am perfectly fine and fit for military service. I loved the Army and the time I spent on active duty. I am hoping to get the opportunity to give back.
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1LT Manager Of Customer Care
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Go to MEPS. If they say no, it will be after you have a psych consult and your service declines a waiver. If you don't go, you may wish you had and wonder what would have happened. The worst they can say is no! However, the answer is always No if you don't ask the question.
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COL Commander
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Really should be a big issue if you self referred and it’s no longer an issue.
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The answer is possibly. They will request that you sign a medical release and a sworn statement saying that if you lie they can fine you up to 180k and imprison you, then request medical records and interview and examine you. AR 40-501 will be the primary medical reference chart 4 enlistment- enrollment being most relevant. If you meet initial criteria they will have a mental health specialist examine you as a consult patient and submit that with your petition to join.
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