Medical Disqualifications

Applicants with any of the following conditions are not qualified for processing to enlist. There are many other conditions that are not listed below that could disqualify you or could be waived. You'll need to talk to your local US Navy recruiter about your specific situation.

  • Absence of one kidney.
  • Acromegaly, or gigantism, enlargement of hands, feet, and face due to disease of
    pituitary gland.
  • Addiction to drugs.
  • Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), AIDS Related Complex (ARC),
    HIV antibody, or history of any of the above.
  • Alcoholism, chronic.
  • Alcohol addiction/dependency within last one year.
  • Amputation of arm, leg or limb.
  • Anaphlaxis, severe, to insects or food.
  • Aphakia, surgical or traumatic.
  • Aphonia, loss of voice.
  • Blindness, one or both eyes.
  • Body Art/Tattoos: No visible tattoos on the neck, face or scalp. NRPS staff shall
    review the DD-Form 2808 and personally verify each tattoo annotated by medical
    staff. Tattoos that are excessive, obscene or advocate sexual, racial ethnic or
    religious discrimination are disqualifying. Gang related symbols/tattoos are
    disqualifying. Clarification of all questionable tattoos shall be referred to the
    appropriate Region Commander for final disposition.
  • Body mutilation, piercing, branding/intentional scarring that are excessive or
    eccentric are disqualifying. Some examples are:
    1. A split or forked tongue. This is a surgical procedure done to make the tongue
      appear serpent-like;
    2. foreign objects inserted under the skin that creates a design or pattern;
    3. enlarged or stretched-out holes in the ears (other than a normal piercing) This
      typically occurs when rings of a progressively larger size are inserted in the
      ear lobe. After time the hole is expanded. Any occurrence of this type is
      considered faddish and therefore disqualifying. All questionable cases will be
      referred to the appropriate Region Commander for final disposition.
    4. Gold veneers on the teeth or any type of dental ornamentation are also
    5. branding/intentional scarring that appears on the neck, face or scalp is
      disqualifying. All brandings/scarring that are offensive in nature, excessive or
      eccentric are also disqualifying. All questionable cases will be referred to the
      appropriate Region Commander for disposition.
  • Bronchiectasis or Atelectasis.
  • Brain, hernia of.
  • Cancer with treatment within the last five years.
  • Cataracts.
  • Cirrhosis.
  • Corneal transplant, history of same.
  • Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis or history of other chronic inflammatory
    bowel disease.
  • Deafness, complete, both ears.
  • Deformities, severe, of the mouth, throat, or nose which interfere with speech or
    mastication of ordinary food.
  • Deformities of marked degree which seriously interfere with normal body
    functions and weight bearing power; severe scoliosis, kyphosis.
  • Diabetes.
  • Drug therapy.
  • Eating Disorders: Anarexia Nervosa.
  • Elephantiasis, severe, swelling of extremities.
  • Emphysema or unhealed sinuses of the chest wall following surgery for
  • Eye, loss of, and diplopia.
  • Glaucoma any degree, regardless of control
  • Harelip, severe, causing speech defects.
  • Head injury, severe, within the last five years.
  • Hearing loss, total, unilateral or bilateral; hearing loss greater than 60 db.
  • Headaches, recurrent, severe, which require prescription medication or interfere
    with daily activity.
  • Heart Conditions, valvular, with more than a trace or trivial regurgitation.
  • Hepatitis, chronic: Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C carrier.
  • Hermaphroditism (state characterized by presence of both male and female sex
  • Idiocy (extreme mental deficiency).
  • Imbecility (feebleness of mind).
  • Intestinal Obstruction: more than one episode.
  • Keratoconus of any degree (protrusion of cornea).
  • Keratorefractive Surgery (RK). Waivers may be requested for PRK and LASIK.
  • Leprosy.
  • Malignant Hyperthermia/Hyperpyrexia.
  • Medullary Sponge Kidney, Nephrotic Syndrome or Minimal Change Kidney Disease.
  • Multiple sclerosis (nerve disease involving muscle weakness and uncoordination).
  • Muscular dystrophy (progressive atrophy/wasting of the muscles).
  • Mutism, unable to speak, regardless of cause.
  • Neck, tumor of the thyroid, including enlarged lymph nodes, if the enlargement is of such degree as to interfere with wearing of ordinary clothing.
  • Neurosyphilis of any form (syphilis of central nervous system).
  • Obesity, intestinal bypass surgery for treatment thereof, all types.
  • Ocular implants.
  • Optic Neuritis or history of same.
  • Orthopedic injuries that result in functional limitations secondary to residual muscle weakness or decreased range of motion.
  • Osteochondroma, recurrent.
  • Otitis Media, chronic and currently active.
  • Paraplegia (paralysis of legs and lower part of body).
  • Pes Cavus, severe, symptomatic.
  • Pneumonectomy, removal of entire lung.
  • Pregnancy.
  • Prosthetic replacement of joints.
  • Psychiatric Conditions: Schizophrenia. (For the previously disqualifying disorders of: Major depression, recurrent; Bipolar disorder; Panic disorders; Sexual disorders; and Personality disorders, severe; recommend courtesy review first, but NRD can request MEPS exam. MEPS examiner usually will decline and instruct that courtesy review be requested first.
  • Pseudofolliculitis Barbae (PFB) severe active pustular). Mild cases now are accepted at RTC.
  • Retinal detachment.
  • Seizure disorders, unless the seizures were associated with fever before the 5th birthday or if a singe seizure occurred immediately after injury. In other instances when last seizure occurred, courtesy review first may be optimal.
  • Silastic Implants (except breast).
  • Shoulder dislocations, verified history of recurrent episodes with or without surgical correction.
  • Skin disorders, chronic. Atopic dermatitis; Eczema, chronic; and Psoriasis with greater than two small patches.
  • Spinal Fusion, greater than two vertebral spaces, congenital or surgical involving any number of vertebrae, by any method.
  • Substance dependence.
  • Tumor, malignant, documented and without confirmed cure and acceptable level of residual effects from treatment.
  • Undescended testicle unless surgically removed or confirmed to be absent; congenital or surgical bilateral absence.
  • Uveitis, chronic peripheral.
  • Anabolic Steroid Use. Any applicant admitting steroid use within the previous 2 months is not enlistment eligible. The Chief Medical Officer at MEPS may consider waivers on an individual case basis after attaining internal medicine consultation or appropriate history. If a waiver is recommended, request must be forwarded to CHBUMED (Code 25) via CNRC (334). Send the following test results for waiver consideration: (1) microscopic urinalysis and (2) liver function study. Dosage strength of steroids used must also be documented. Use of steroids longer than 2 months before applying for enlistment is not medically disqualifying; however, any indication of high steroid dosage and/or chronic use must have internal medicine consultation to evaluate late or residual steroid effects.