Mental Health Struggles? Join the Military (What Could Go Wrong?)

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The military has never been an equal opportunity employer. The restrictions are to ensure that we have the best of the best. It allows us to be mission-ready no matter what the environment may look like.

The list of physical ailments that can prevent you from joining is long. It includes such things as scoliosis, Celiac disease, hearing issues, eyesight issues, and even bunions.

It’s not just physical issues, either. If you have PTSD, depression, or anxiety, it can affect your military service, too.

Anything that could affect a mission may stop you from joining the military or deploying.

Unfortunately, there have been too many liberal snowflakes in years past that get their feelings hurt when they’re told that they can’t join the military. So, they push, and they push until the military allows them in.

Now, it seems that those who have been struggling with mental health issues in the past may get to enter the military. This includes those who have been previously diagnosed with anxiety and depression.

What could go wrong, right?

Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) should know what is wrong with removing the barriers that stand in the way of those with mental health issues joining the military. However, he’s going full steam ahead to remove those barriers, as he discussed during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing.

“We’re telling young Americans, right now, if your dream is to be an Air Force pilot and you have depression as a 16-year-old girl, you either need to not go get help, or if you did go get help and you’re prescribed drugs and then you apply to be an Air Force pilot, you’ve got to lie.”

Well, he seems to be taking this to the extreme.

Obviously, everyone who is battling depression, anxiety, or another disorder should be getting help. It’s the only way that we can ever see any progress on the mental health issues that have grown throughout the U.S.

And, obviously, no one should be lying when they apply to join the military. Besides, a good medical background check should highlight any concerns within a person’s medical history.

Particularly with children where parents have served, it’s easy to see what their medical background contains. They were in the Defense Department’s systems – and so it’s possible to see every doctor visit and every prescription they were ever prescribed.

There are always workarounds. Those who can prove that they’ve gotten better can still apply to the military – and go on to have a very lucrative career. However, they have to show that they’ve gotten better.

Working in the military can be a challenge. The moment a person is away from their family and their support system, they can become depressed – especially if they have a history. It can lead to problems on the mission, especially if they start to shut down.

What Sullivan is proposing is that we simply look the other way on some issues – and that could be extremely difficult.

One story where a girl was refused by the Air Force is one where an Army lieutenant colonel’s daughter tried to enlist. She had met with a counselor as a child because she struggled with her father deploying.

She was granted a waiver because her family fought back.

Here’s the important part of the story: she was granted a waiver. It does happen – so there’s really no need for Sullivan or anyone else to interfere.

Sullivan thinks that it’s wrong that she was ever disqualified, to begin with. As Military Times reports, “While a mental health diagnosis generally disqualifies a recruit from the military, therapy and medication are available to service members diagnosed while in uniform.”

The last thing we need is to give everyone a waiver. Depression and anxiety are rampant throughout uniformed servicemembers – let’s not add any more to the mix even before their first deployment, okay?