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.
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.
“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.”