Appendix B
Analysis of Waivers for Disqualifying Conditions



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Assessing Fitness for Military Enlistment: Physical, Medical, and Mental Health Standards Appendix B Analysis of Waivers for Disqualifying Conditions

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Assessing Fitness for Military Enlistment: Physical, Medical, and Mental Health Standards TABLE B-1 Active Accessions and Cumulative Attrition Rates by Waiver Type, All Services   FY 2000   Accessions 12 Months 24 Months 36 Months No waiver Women 29,386 20 28 34 Men 119,282 14 21 26 Total 148,668 15 22 27 Drugs Women 180 31 42 48 Men 2,168 17 27 34 Total 2,348 18 28 35 Weight Women 420 20 27 31 Men 3,081 17 22 27 Total 3,501 17 23 27 Disease Women 1,079 25 31 38 Men 4,651 16 22 27 Total 5,730 18 24 29 Dependents Women 477 25 33 40 Men 1,312 17 24 28 Total 1,789 19 26 31 Mental Women 295 15 23 29 Men 1,202 16 22 27 Total 1,497 16 22 28 Law violations Women 878 19 28 34 Men 8,289 17 26 32 Total 9,167 17 26 32 Other Women 595 22 30 36 Men 3,777 22 31 37 Total 4,372 22 31 37 All accessions Women 33,619 20 28 34 Men 145,214 15 22 27 Total 178,833 16 23 28

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Assessing Fitness for Military Enlistment: Physical, Medical, and Mental Health Standards FY 2001 Accessions 12 Months 24 Months 36 Months 29,940 19 27 34 125,831 13 20 25 155,771 14 22 27 253 27 38 46 2,604 16 30 37 2,857 17 31 38 315 20 28 32 2,619 16 21 25 2,934 17 22 26 1,034 21 32 39 4,331 14 21 26 5,365 16 23 28 501 22 31 36 1,188 14 19 23 1,689 16 23 27 271 15 24 28 1,182 14 20 25 1,453 14 21 25 831 18 27 33 8,481 14 23 29 9,312 14 24 30 273 20 27 34 2,168 20 30 37 2,441 20 30 37 33,653 19 28   149,323 14 21 26 182,976 15 22 27

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Assessing Fitness for Military Enlistment: Physical, Medical, and Mental Health Standards   FY 2002   Accessions 12 Months 24 Months No waiver Women 28,115 18 26 Men 127,167 13 19 Total 155,282 14 20 Drugs Women 210 29 43 Men 2,364 17 28 Total 2,574 18 29 Weight Women 214 20 24 Men 2,445 17 21 Total 2,659 18 21 Disease Women 885 22 32 Men 3,924 15 21 Total 4,809 16 23 Dependents Women 308 18 27 Men 1,062 14 17 Total 1,370 15 21 Mental Women 246 23 33 Men 773 13 18 Total 1,019 15 22 Law violations Women 893 18 26 Men 9,832 13 21 Total 10,725 14 22 Other Women 330 23 26 Men 1,788 17 27 Total 2,118 18 0 All accessions Women 31,354 19 27 Men 150,156 13 19 Total 181,510 14 21

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Assessing Fitness for Military Enlistment: Physical, Medical, and Mental Health Standards FY 2003 Accessions 12 Months 27,678 20 125,006 12 152,684 14 140 31 1,817 16 1,957 17 211 18 2,056 13 2,267 14 1,007 22 4,734 15 5,741 16 251 18 923 11 1,174 12 177 27 281 17 458 21 850 18 8,580 14 9,430 14 251 25 1,827 16 2,078 17 30,676 20 145,732 13 176,408 14

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Assessing Fitness for Military Enlistment: Physical, Medical, and Mental Health Standards TABLE B-2 Accessions and Cumulative Attrition Rates by Waiver Type, FY 2000 and FY 2001 Combined   Air Force   Accessions 12 Months 24 Months 36 Months No waiver Women 14,633 11 17 21 Men 42,005 10 14 17 Total 56,638 10 14 18 Drugs Women 4 a a a Men 39 15 23 26 Total 43 16 26 28 Weight Women 140 9 15 18 Men 215 14 17 20 Total 355 12 16 19 Disease Women 471 18 22 27 Men 1,367 10 13 17 Total 1,838 12 15 19 Dependents Women 291 15 22 27 Men 537 9 12 14 Total 828 11 15 19 Mental Women 421 14 20 26 Men 1,710 14 20 25 Total 2,131 14 20 25 Law violations Women 593 14 19 25 Men 3,765 11 17 21 Total 4,358 11 17 21 Other Women 37 19 24 35 Men 88 14 16 18 Total 125 15 18 23 All accessions Women 16,714 12 17 22 Men 50,000 10 14 18 Total 66,714 10 15 19

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Assessing Fitness for Military Enlistment: Physical, Medical, and Mental Health Standards Army Accessions 12 Months 24 Months 36 Months 25,636 24 36 44 93,959 14 22 28 119,595 16 25 32 210 30 45 55 1,917 13 31 42 2,127 14 32 43 80 30 38 44 256 17 24 31 336 20 27 34 1,124 27 38 47 4,861 16 23 28 5,985 18 26 32 255 23 33 39 146 14 19 23 401 20 28 33 55 18 42 47 84 21 26 35 139 20 32 40 468 19 34 42 5,407 12 24 31 5,875 13 24 32 4 a a a 50 20 22 28 54 20 22 30 28,026 25 36 44 107,482 14 23 29 135,508 16 25 32

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Assessing Fitness for Military Enlistment: Physical, Medical, and Mental Health Standards   Marine Corps   Accessions 12 Months 24 Months 36 Months No waiver Women 3,540 23 29 33 Men 45,542 15 20 24 Total 49,082 16 21 25 Drugs Women 68 35 41 43 Men 1,635 18 25 29 Total 1,703 19 26 30 Weight Women 327 23 32 35 Men 4,813 17 22 26 Total 5,140 17 22 27 Disease Women 83 24 30 35 Men 954 18 22 26 Total 1,037 19 22 27 Dependents Women 15 a a a Men 583 17 24 28 Total 598 18 24 28 Mental Women 69 14 25 25 Men 400 13 18 23 Total 469 13 19 23 Law violations Women 55 22 27 35 Men 1,439 16 22 26 Total 1,494 17 23 26 Other Women 58 29 38 43 Men 484 19 27 31 Total 542 20 28 33 All accessions Women 4,240 23 30 34 Men 56,139 16 21 25 Total 60,379 16 21 25

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Assessing Fitness for Military Enlistment: Physical, Medical, and Mental Health Standards Navy Accessions 12 Months 24 Months 36 Months 15,517 18 24 29 63,607 15 23 27 79,124 16 23 28 151 24 31 38 1,181 19 30 36 1,332 20 30 36 188 20 25 29 416 15 23 26 604 16 23 27 435 19 24 29 1,800 18 24 28 2,235 18 24 28 417 30 39 45 1,234 18 25 30 1,651 21 29 34 21 a a a 190 22 34 40 211 22 34 40 593 22 32 36 6,159 20 31 37 6,752 20 31 37 769 21 28 35 5,323 22 32 38 6,092 22 31 38 18,292 19 25 30 80,916 16 24 29 99,208 17 24 29

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Assessing Fitness for Military Enlistment: Physical, Medical, and Mental Health Standards   DoD   Accessions 12 Months 24 Months 36 Months No waiver Women 59,326 20 28 34 Men 245,113 14 21 25 Total 304,439 15 22 27 Drugs Women 433 29 40 47 Men 4,772 16 29 36 Total 5,205 17 30 37 Weight Women 735 20 28 31 Men 5,700 17 22 26 Total v6,435 17 22 27 Disease Women 2,113 23 31 38 Men 8,982 15 22 26 Total 11,095 17 23 28 Dependents Women 978 24 32 38 Men 2,500 15 22 26 Total 3,478 18 25 29 Mental Women 566 15 24 29 Men 2,384 15 21 26 Total 2,950 15 21 27 Law violations Women 1,709 19 28 34 Men 16,770 15 25 31 Total 18,479 16 25 31 Other Women 868 21 29 35 Men 5,945 22 31 37 Total 6,813 22 31 37 All accessions Women 67,272 20 28 31 Men 294,537 14 21 26 Total 361,809 15 22 28 aLess than 25 accessions.

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Assessing Fitness for Military Enlistment: Physical, Medical, and Mental Health Standards TABLE B-3 FOLLOWS

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Assessing Fitness for Military Enlistment: Physical, Medical, and Mental Health Standards TABLE B-3 Medical Failures and Waivers, May 1, 2003 to April 30, 2005, Active Forces (most frequent medical failures, ranked by frequency; excludes cases with 2+ failures) Medical Status Accessions Name Code No Waiver Waiver No failure — 213,614   All othera 88   7,528 Weight 54   7,524 Marijuanab 50M   1,727 Psychiatric 40   1,468 Lower extremity 34   1,858 Lungs/chest 28   1,402 Hearing 71   1,032 Vision 62   1,172 Upper extremity 33   1,500 Skin 38   1,115 Totals   213,614 26,326 Total accessions       Total not accessed       Total applicants       NOTE: MEPS Integrated Resource System Medical Failures. aAll other medical fail codes with N < 2000. bPositive test at physical. SOURCE: MIRS Summary Tabulations, Two-Year Revised Data.

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Assessing Fitness for Military Enlistment: Physical, Medical, and Mental Health Standards Not Accessed Total Applicants   No Failure Failure No Failure Failure % Waived % Occurrence 145,468   359,082         13,276   20,804 36 29.7   8,788   16,312 46 23.3   7,069   8,796 20 12.6   2,835   4,303 34 6.1   2,200   4,058 46 5.8   2,298   3,700 38 5.3   2,605   3,637 28 5.2   1,696   2,868 41 4.1   1,340   2,840 53 4.1   1,601   2,716 41 3.9           100.0 145,468 43,708 359,082 70,034 38         239,940           189,176           429,116    

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Assessing Fitness for Military Enlistment: Physical, Medical, and Mental Health Standards TABLE B-4 Medical Failures and Waivers By Gender, Race, and Service Medical Status Accessions Name Code No Waiver Waiver Women No failure — 33,215   Weight 54   2,055 All othera 88 1,394 Marijuanab 50M 105 Vision 62 242 Psychiatric 40 150 Lungs/chest 28 168 Lower extremity 34 226 Skin 38 176 Hearing 71 80 Upper extremity 33 100 Totals   33,215 4,696 Men No failure — 180,399   All othera 88   6,134 Weight 54 5,469 Marijuanab 50M 1,622 Psychiatric 40 1,318 Lower extremity 34 1,632 Hearing 71 952 Lungs/chest 28 1,234 Upper extremity 33 1,400 Skin 38 939 Vision 62 930 Totals   180,399 21,630 Black No failure — 31,357   All othera 88   995 Weight 54 974 Marijuanab 50M 331 Lungs/chest 28 211 Lower extremity 34 228 Vision 62 150 Hearing 71 101 Skin 38 144 Psychiatric 40 92 Upper extremity 33 106 Totals   31,357 3,332

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Assessing Fitness for Military Enlistment: Physical, Medical, and Mental Health Standards Not Accessed Total Applicants   No Failure Failure No Failure Failure % Waived % Occurrence 29,185   62,400         3,147   5,202 40 37.0 3,192 4,586 30 32.6 614 719 15 5.1 444 686 35 4.9 461 611 25 4.3 405 573 29 4.1 312 538 42 3.8 352 528 33 3.8 313 393 20 2.8 116 216 46 1.5   100.0 29,185 9,356 62,400 14,052 33   116,283   296,682         10,084   16,218 38 29.0 5,641 11,110 49 19.8 6,455 8,077 20 14.4 2,374 3,692 36 6.6 1,888 3,520 46 6.3 2,292 3,244 29 5.8 1,893 3,127 39 5.6 1,224 2,624 53 4.7 1,249 2,188 43 3.9 1,252 2,182 43 3.9   100.0 116,283 34,352 296,682 55,982 39   21,227   52,584         2,023   3,018 33 30.2 1,314 2,288 43 22.9 1,491 1,822 18 18.2 409 620 34 6.2 278 506 45 5.1 267 417 36 4.2 297 398 25 4.0 237 381 38 3.8 226 318 29 3.2 114 220 48 2.2   100.0 21,227 6,656 52,584 9,988 33  

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Assessing Fitness for Military Enlistment: Physical, Medical, and Mental Health Standards Medical Status Accessions Name Code No Waiver Waiver White No failure — 154,339   All othera 88   5,657 Weight 54 5,489 Marijuanab 50M 1,223 Psychiatric 40 1,271 Lower extremity 34 1,481 Hearing 71 781 Lungs/chest 28 1,018 Upper extremity 33 1,240 Vision 62 848 Skin 38 817 Totals   154,339 19,825 Other No failure — 15,236   All othera 88   465 Weight 54 598 Marijuanab 50M 93 Hearing 71 90 Psychiatric 40 62 Lungs/chest 28 82 Vision 62 81 Lower extremity 34 75 Skin 38 69 Upper extremity 33 81 Totals   15,236 1,696 Air Force No failure — 36,145   All othera 88   1,079 Weight 54 826 Psychiatric 40 267 Lower extremity 34 259 Lungs/chest 28 145 Vision 62 154 Upper extremity 33 215 Marijuanab 50M   Skin 38 139 Hearing 71 60 Totals   36,145 3,144

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Assessing Fitness for Military Enlistment: Physical, Medical, and Mental Health Standards Not Accessed Total Applicants     No Failure Failure No Failure Failure % Waived % Occurrence 101,603   255,942         9,073   14,730 38 29.7 5,872 11,361 48 22.9 4,623 5,846 21 11.8 2,170 3,441 37 6.9 1,615 3,096 48 6.2 1,779 2,560 31 5.2 1,502 2,520 40 5.1 1,052 2,292 54 4.6 1,084 1,932 44 3.9 1,079 1,896 43 3.8   100.0 101,603 29,849 255,942 49,674 40   12,855   28,091         1,341   1,806 26 29.0 1,043 1,641 36 26.3 652 745 12 11.9 313 403 22 6.5 284 346 18 5.5 252 334 25 5.4 191 272 30 4.4 191 266 28 4.3 162 231 30 3.7 110 191 42 3.1   100.0 12,855 4,539 28,091 6235 27   23,801   59,946         1,942   3,021 36 35.9 862 1,688 49 20.1 320 587 45 7.0 325 584 44 6.9 341 486 30 5.8 292 446 35 5.3 218 433 50 5.1 410 410 0 4.9 264 403 34 4.8 296 356 17 4.2   100.0 23,801 5,270 59,946 8,414 37  

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Assessing Fitness for Military Enlistment: Physical, Medical, and Mental Health Standards Medical Status Accessions Name Code No Waiver Waiver Army No failure — 93,986   All othera 88   3,759 Weight 54 4,105 Marijuanab 50M 575 Psychiatric 40 677 Lower extremity 34 919 Hearing 71 692 Lungs/chest 28 652 Upper extremity 33 755 Vision 62 609 Skin 38 532 Totals   93,986 13,275 Marine Corps No failure — 39,469   All othera 88   1,291 Weight 54 1,201 Marijuanab 50M 605 Psychiatric 40 325 Lungs/chest 28 295 Lower extremity 34 331 Hearing 71 147 Upper extremity 33 262 Skin 38 201 Vision 62 190 Totals   39,469 4,848 Navy No failure — 44,014   All othera 88   1,399 Weight 54 1,392 Marijuanab 50M 547 Lungs/chest 28 310 Lower extremity 34 349 Psychiatric 40 199 Hearing 71 133 Vision 62 219 Skin 38 243 Upper extremity 33 268 Totals   44,014 5,059 aAll other medical fail codes with N < 2000. bPositive test at physical. SOURCE: MIRS Summary Tabulations, Two-Year Revised Data.

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Assessing Fitness for Military Enlistment: Physical, Medical, and Mental Health Standards Not Accessed Total Applicants   No Failure Failure No Failure Failure % Waived % Occurrence 48,895   142,881         5,888   9,647 39 29.1 4,254 8,359 49 25.3 3,409 3,984 14 12.0 1,362 2,039 33 6.2 971 1,890 49 5.7 1,174 1,866 37 5.6 939 1,591 41 4.8 542 1,297 58 3.9 656 1,265 48 3.8 632 1,164 46 3.5   100.0 48,895 19,827 142,881 33,102 40   30,008   69,477         2,182   3,473 37 28.0 1,249 2,450 49 19.7 1,569 2,174 28 17.5 501 826 39 6.7 430 725 41 5.8 373 704 47 5.7 483 630 23 5.1 246 508 52 4.1 263 464 43 3.7 269 459 41 3.7   100.0 30,008 7,565 69,477 12,413 39   42,764   86,778         3,264   4,663 30 29.0 2,423 3,815 36 23.7 1,681 2,228 25 13.8 588 898 35 5.6 531 880 40 5.5 652 851 23 5.3 652 785 17 4.9 479 698 31 4.3 442 685 35 4.3 334 602 45 3.7   100.0 42,764 11,046 86,778 16,105 31