Posted on Aug 3, 2019
PFC Tiffany L.
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I served in the active duty Army for 1.5 years before being honorably discharged under chapter 5-17 with the narrative reason being "condition, not a disability" back in 2011. Reenlist code 3, seperation code JFV. In short, I found the burden of serving under Don't Ask Don't Tell as a gay woman increasingly difficult and sought counseling at Behavioral Health. There, I was diagnosed with an Adjustment Disorder with Depressed mood and was chaptered out. Prior to that, my record was good scoring top PT scores and was the distinguished honor graduate of my AIT class for which I received the Army Achievement Medal. Since getting out, I worked full time while also going to school full time, obtained my B.S. and graduate courses necessary to sit for the CPA. I've been working as a licensed CPA that past several years. I never went to counseling since getting out, no psychologists or psychiatrist or counseling of any kind. Up until recently I was on a low dose of Prozac, 20mg. I was put on prozac by a family doctor/general practitioner. It was notated in my medical records when he took me off as I hadn't had any issues in years. After research, it seems that I need to be off Prozac for a year. I am willing to wait till that time period has elapsed, but wondering what the likelihood of me obtaining a waiver for my reenlist code is. I would hope my success since getting out would bear into that decision. But also the fact that my depression stemmed from living under a policy that is no longer in place. I am looking to go officer in the Air Force Reserves. I have reached out to a recruiter but am awaiting reply. Your honest feedback and opinions would be appreciated. Thank you in advance.
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CSM Darieus ZaGara
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A waiver is a waiver is a waiver. If there are new recruits available the military will always go with those who require the least amount of certification and evaluation. Your situation may be unique. Regardless of what caused your stress and other medically related issues you still separated. I am not saying that you would not get the waiver, the question is about timing, does the military need to reach out to recruit or are there enough available in the fresh pool. Good luck and thank you for your service.
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PV2 Adar Fulton
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I too Received a 5-17 recode 3..But from the army and I am In the process of re-enlisting for the army. A waiver is possible, just gotta find the right recruiter. I talked To the Air Force when I got Out and they were rude and did not like the fact that I received a discharge for going to behavioral health. You can try for them, but I kNow the army is working with me right now
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MSgt Nondestructive Inspection (NDI)
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You might try a reserve or even air guard unit to see about the waiver. It might be easier to go enlisted first. Then try for an officer spot in your own unit after they have gotten to know you and you have proven yourself.
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