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COVID-19 Hospitalization Disqualifies You from Joining the Military

Originally, word on the street was that a COVID-19 diagnosis would permanently disqualify an individual from Military Enlistment. Since the news broke, a few provisions were made to the newly implemented guidelines. An individual who tests positive for COVID-19 can join the military on the condition that they were not hospitalized with COVID-19 complications. The specifics of this are still unclear.

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How will these guidelines affect new recruits?

Considering COVID-19 is a virus that is transmitted from person to person contact, much like other viral illnesses, how do you feel about the military’s move to disqualify individuals who’ve been hospitalized due to COVID-19? The military has a long list of underlying medical conditions that may disqualify you from joining the military such as hearing loss, gout, viral hepatitis, and more. While some of these conditions are not permanently disqualifying, they must be mentioned to your recruiter, as it may be a condition that can we waived or in the worst case, permanently disqualify you.

With limited research on COVID-19 and so many unknowns, it will be interesting to see how the military handles new recruits and if they will continue to make provisions as more findings are made. So far, more than 5,000 military personnel have been infected with COVID-19, and about 1,900 have recovered from it. While the military has been testing their personnel, like the rest of the nation, tests have been limited and nearly not enough to test all 2 million military members.

“Weighing the risk of infection against the need to train has been a ‘tenuous balance,’ said Army Sec. Ryan McCarthy.
This is a day-to-day assessment and we’ll take the appropriate measures accordingly.” 

What are your thoughts about the military’s approach to COVID-19? Do you agree with the initial guidelines of not permitting Military Enlistment if an individual tested positive? Do you think that the move to loosen those guidelines, and restrict them to hospitalization cases is a better move? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
If you’re considering Military Enlistment, give our article on ‘Why You Should Talk to a Recruiter First‘ a read. You’ll be glad you did.


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