In yesterday’s post I shared the policies in place that serve as an obstacle for anyone with diabetes wanting to join the military. You may be saying to yourself, but I have heard of people in the military serving successfully with diabetes. And that would be true. Examples here and here. Both were diagnosed while already serving. Both had to go through a Medical Evaluation Board which determined if they would be allowed to stay active duty. Keep in mind both are the exception and not the rule.

But what about a waiver, is it possible to get one to join? I believe it is highly doubtful that any branch will make an exception. If something changes, I’ll be sure to let you know. You can and should always follow up with a recruiter.

But there are other ways to serve our country without having to join the military

Some include:


Federal Civil Service:

National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Peace Corps:

Teach for America:

State Department:

The State Department does require a medical clearance.

These are just a few examples. There are far too many agencies to list.

You can explore more at the US Government Official Web Portal