[Question] History of cancer

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Hey guys, I'm new here and I just had a couple questions.

I had cancer 2008 and I had my spleen removed. I've been healthy since and it's been 10 years. Does any one know if that's automatic dq.
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That's a tough one, I imagine there is a large scar which a Dr. on a physical will notice?
 

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Hi Adam7234, welcome to the forum. Why don't you tell us a bit more about yourself other than that your are missing your spleen.
I must warn you from the outright that there are not many qualified doctors, dentists or eye specialists on the forum.
The French have a saying 'courir comme un dératé' if that's any help?
 
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Hi Adam7234, welcome to the forum. Why don't you tell us a bit more about yourself other than that your are missing your spleen.
I must warn you from the outright that there are not many qualified doctors, dentists or eye specialists on the forum.
The French have a saying 'courir comme un dératé' if that's any help?
Thank you, my name is Adam I'm 23 from the United States. I like baseball, basketball, wrestling and boxing. I finished high school and went back to school for nursing assisting, medical assisting, EKG, phlebotomy. I did an outdoor education course and a security course. I've worked on a farm for years and a busy doctors office. I hike alot of mountains I like 4k footers
 
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A costly solution is to hide it by doing a cosmetic surgery if you have money then don't mention anything about it in the interview. Have you considered the US army? it is none of my business but if I were in the US I wouldn't think about joining another army.
 
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A costly solution is to hide it by doing a cosmetic surgery if you have money then don't mention anything about it in the interview. Have you considered the US army? it is none of my business but if I were in the US I wouldn't think about joining another army.
Ya I tried the marine corps. You can get a waiver for cancer but not for the spleen. You can only get a waiver for the spleen if it was from trauma not cancer
 

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sorry but you're missing an organ. That will be a disqualifier.

Keep in mind that this is not an official statement of any kind, just my opinion. You can give it a go if you feel like it but I would say it's better to start focusing on other career paths.
 

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A costly solution is to hide it by doing a cosmetic surgery if you have money then don't mention anything about it in the interview. Have you considered the US army? it is none of my business but if I were in the US I wouldn't think about joining another army.
Even with cosmetic surgery, a doctor will see that there is something afoot. Also it would come out eventually and then you would have to explain why you did not tell them about it in the first place.

Saying that, if you have the time and money to spare, give it a try, let the doctor know the situation and let him decide. Whatever you decide, good luck for the future.
 
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Adam7234,

Welcome to the forum. Also regardless of the outcome, well done in attempting to become one of 'Uncle Sam's Misguided Children.' America's finest.

I regret that, in my opinion, it is unlikely that you will be accepted. However it is up to you if you decide to give it a go.

Good luck in all your endeavours.

Chas 99% need not apply. Per Mare per Terram/Semper Fidelis.
 

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General Robert Neller just testified to the US Congress, 70% of all military aged Americans are Disqualified for Service. It is for medical reasons, fat soft kids (snowflakes), Tattoos, drug use, and legal involvement.

Recruiting when I recruited from 1998 to 2001 was as one might say tough sledding and if ever some one walked into my recruiting office with out me doing the heavy recruitment, I knew something was wrong and they would be disqualified.

I'd make up a scar story and stick to it, I once told a recruit that had no ACL in his knee, had a small scar, that if he wanted to be a Marine he had to want it and....he fell on a brick playing one day.

I would always interview alone with no one to hear the discussions, I'd say "before you say YES TO ANYTHING ON THIS SCREENING QUESTIONAIRE YOU ASK ME FIRST, UNDERSTAND?"
 

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Even with cosmetic surgery, a doctor will see that there is something afoot. Also it would come out eventually and then you would have to explain why you did not tell them about it in the first place.

Saying that, if you have the time and money to spare, give it a try, let the doctor know the situation and let him decide. Whatever you decide, good luck for the future.
Joe is right, but it comes down to how bad you want it and what you are willing to do.

BUT, BUT, let me say this, if you get in and then when you get to the Farm, remember you asked for it and YOU honor the contract and Oath of Enlistment, if one is issued. Because I GUARANTEE there will be very bad bad days, manageable days, some fun days (usually involves the firing range), and shear boredom and questions/BITCHING about why the CCH is making us clean the head again.
 

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General Robert Neller just testified to the US Congress, 70% of all military aged Americans are Disqualified for Service. It is for medical reasons, fat soft kids (snowflakes), Tattoos, drug use, and legal involvement.
Maybe they should change policy on tattoos and drugs if they want good recruits. And they would do that, soon when pops out need for soldiers. As for "snowflakes"... :) that is more question of character. One can be snowflake and still be fitness monster. :)

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Recruiting when I recruited from 1998 to 2001 was as one might say tough sledding and if ever some one walked into my recruiting office with out me doing the heavy recruitment, I knew something was wrong and they would be disqualified.
I don't understand? How you knew something is wrong? Do you think men was tougher than? That's not so long ago.
 

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Joe is right, but it comes down to how bad you want it and what you are willing to do.
I would not agree with this. If you have medical condition which disables you from joining, all motivation and wishes in world wouldn't help you.

For our friend, only chance to get in is if somehow slips through the cracks. Highly unlikely. It's really hard that FFL doctors would miss missing spleen.
 

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Come on buddy, if you have looked around this site at the problems healthy guys have getting in I would say your chances are less than 1% Back to my point it is common knowledge selection and getting past that gate is a task on its own so please set your sights on an achievable goal as sadly through no falt of your own I think you should invest your time and energy in enjoying your life as my 🎩 goes off to you I have just supported my wife beating cancer, good luck for the future
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Maybe they should change policy on tattoos and drugs if they want good recruits. And they would do that, soon when pops out need for soldiers. As for "snowflakes"... :) that is more question of character. One can be snowflake and still be fitness monster. :)



I don't understand? How you knew something is wrong? Do you think men was tougher than? That's not so long ago.
Standards are lowered, if you want to join, go se a US Army Recruiter
 

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What I am saying is that if the cancer has been beat, clean PET Scans and etc, then how is the desire and the will?
 

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How many times on this forum has it been told, think carefully about what you reveal at selection, it may be a permanent DQ
 

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Maybe they should change policy on tattoos and drugs if they want good recruits. And they would do that, soon when pops out need for soldiers. As for "snowflakes"... :) that is more question of character. One can be snowflake and still be fitness monster. :)



I don't understand? How you knew something is wrong? Do you think men was tougher than? That's not so long ago.
How would I know something is wrong Dusaboss, this is how, if you say I have Asthma on the medical portion, I GUARANTEE YOU A PERMANENT DQ. But I'd ask, who told you you had Asthma? My Mom, oh, really, is she a Doctor? You are on your high school swimming team, track team, you name the sport and you say you have Asthma?

Here is how I know Dusaboss, EVERY QUESTION WE WERE TAUGHT TO ASK AND THOSE ON THE FORMS ARE DISQUALIFIERS. The Marine Corps does not take criminals, we do not take.....fill in the blank. Hell, ask the young man himself, he tried the USMC route. The Marine Corps has a much larger recruiting mission and we all understood there is a whole palette of gray between black and white (Right Wrong). We were then about 180,000 with a very large turnover 80%, not all at once, but it takes time Dusaboss to train a Grunt, Surveyor, Engineer, Aircraft Mechanic. The Legion is 8,000 so it is then very much easier to say NO!
 

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