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Posted By : Austin Witmer - 10/31/2015 10:07 PM
Hello,

My name is Austin and I am 18 years old. I graduated high school this year and do not know what I want to do in life. I am lost...
I have cystic fibrosis but I am very very healthy. I have my G-tube taken out and I am 5'7" and 125 lbs. I have always wanted to join the Navy but fear my CF will disqualify me. PLEASE if anyone knows of someone with CF who has successfully joined the service, any branch, or a way to get into the service WITHOUT lying about my CF PLEASE PLEASE let me know. If I can't get into the service I have no idea what I will do in life.

Posted By : Wiley Coyote - 11/6/2015 1:30 PM
I did not see CF specifically on the list. However, if you have needed a G-tube in the past to maintain weight, you don't exactly qualify as very very healthy, and I frankly doubt they would take you.

Why is the service the only path you can see? What do you envision doing in the Navy?

Posted By : Austin Witmer - 11/6/2015 1:53 PM
The reason I want to join the service so bad is because I want to be proud and wear the uniform and also I have always wanted to serve my country and protect it. What I plan on doing in the Navy would be an aircraft mechanic on an Aircraft Carrier. Almost everyone in my family has served in the Navy and Marines and I want to keep that tradition going but fear that I will not be able to. If I can't get into the service then I have no idea what I would do in life. It's my dream and I have always wanted to do it since I was young.

Posted By : Gemsi - 11/13/2015 5:50 AM
Hi Austin,

Firstly I will say discuss with your cf team to see if they think it's possible as they may know a different way in. I'm sure I've heard something about civilian services or something like that where you can do something within the navy but it's not the regular heavy duty stuff.

I have just read the application form for the royal navy it does specifically say that cystic fibrosis would make you unsuitable for service. The US navy may have different rules I'm unsure. It would be sad if you weren't able to join the navy because of cf though. I had a similar problem when I was in air cadets because they wouldn't let me go up in a plane to do aerobatics as the risk of asthma and CF causing lungs to pop, was too big. It was so disappointing and really upsetting when my friends were coming back with tales of their flying experiences.

I can't really offer anything more helpful though as I don't know anything about military services. If you have a cf social worker they might be able to get some information for you also.

I hope you can work something out, you sound like a very nice person wanting to help your country.

Gem
Moderator of the Cystic Fibrosis forum

Hey, I'm Gem with CF, age 29 and diagnosed at 2 years old. I'm no expert but having CF myself I've learnt a few things along the way.
Diagnosed with: Cystic Fibrosis, Asthma, ABPA, Clinical Depression, Mild Liver Cirrohsis, Mild Osteopenia, Erythema Nodosum, Proximal Myositis, Polyarthralgia

Posted By : jujub - 11/13/2015 6:53 AM
I do know it's very difficult to qualify for the US armed forces if you have any sort of chronic condition. They even kick out people with IBD. From their point of view, they invest a lot in training new recruits, and if someone gets ill and has to leave that money has been wasted. As much as possible they try to avoid that. Even in wartime, my father was rejected because he had a chronic mastoiditis, and others have been refused because of severely flat feet.

Commercial airlines also employ aircraft mechanics; that could be an alternative for you if you can't join the Navy.
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Posted By : Austin Witmer - 11/13/2015 1:32 PM
Hello everyone,

Thanks for posting a reply on here for me. I know that I can make it through the 8 weeks of basic training in the Navy because I have been told it is more mental than physical. I also would be able to pass the PFA (Personal Fitness Assessment) because it is only 2.5 miles in under 16 min, 22 push ups, and 24 sit-ups in under 2 minutes. If I was allowed to join I would tell them that I would be able to make it through basic and after that I wouldn't care if they put me in a desk somewhere stateside. All I really want is to be able to wear the same uniform as the heroes that I have always looked up to. Follow your dreams right? Don't let anything stop you from not fulfilling your dreams. I just think that if I had the chance to prove to them I could pass basic maybe I would have a chance. I would take any job the Navy would put me into I want to join that bad. I just wish there was some way in...Anyone have any other advice on this topic I would really appreciate it.

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