I am normally on the UC board, but look at this board from time to time. I know you cannot join the military with Crohn's or UC, but once in, it seems to be service and military specialy dependent. For example, I am active duty army (14+ years), diagnosed with UC in 2006. Right now, I am not being told I have to get out. However, this is due my military specialty (biochemist). I am able to perfrom all required duties including daily physical fitness, field exercises, etc. I have been re-evalauted the last two years and the medical officer and Commanding Officer have not pushed for a medical evaluation board (MEB). I want to stay.
If I was in a different field, I am almost positive that I would have been medically retired already.
I know that if my UC gets worse that chances are I will be sent to the MEB. I'm crossing my fingers that I can get stay healthy enough to stay and that the addition of 6MP will let me get off the prednisone. We'll see.
UC since April 2006; first flare May 2007, hospitalized 28 days.
Remicade infusion brought symptoms under control, but caught MRSA infection from PICC line.
2nd Remicade at 14 weeks, severe reaction, no more Remicade.
tapering prednisone (10mg/day down from 60), started taper 4/10/08 (2.5mg every two weeks)
Flared at 5mg, bumped back up to 40mg for 6 weeks on 7/26, tapering again 5mg every two weeks, (25mg for last week)
Will probably be starting 6MP soon
Humira - 1 shot every two weeks (since December 2007)
Calcium - 2x per day