Medical Disqualifications

The following conditions are temporarily disqualifying. Once the applicant has addressed the issue, he or she may reapply.

  • Over or underweight. Weight loss or gain will not be greater than two pounds per week. A one pound increment requires a four day waiting period. Use of diuretics as a means of weight loss is also temporarily disqualifying.
  • Any condition that is currently painful or inflamed. Includes all active infections.
  • Hepatitis within six months of cure or completion of medical treatment.
  • Hernia operation within the preceding three months.
  • Orthopedic surgery within the preceding six months.
  • Any fracture still in a splint or cast.
  • Pregnancy, regardless of stage, until menses have resumed.
  • Any condition which requires surgery or for which surgery has been recommended.

These next conditions MAY be premanently disqualifying:

  • Heart murmur.
  • History of high blood pressure not requiring medication.
  • Ruptured (herniated) disc.
  • Pseudofolliculitis barbae (PFB) ("shaving bumps").
  • Amputation of finger(s) or toe(s).
  • Any condition requiring regular or periodic use of medication.
  • Any history of cancer (except some types of skin cancer, testicular cancer and some types of cancer of the cervix), including leukemia and Hodgkin's disease (lymphoma).
  • Orthopedic surgery.
  • Allergies or hay fever.
  • Sensitivity to bee or insect stings/bites.
  • Asthma.
  • Enuresis (bedwetting) past age 12.
  • Somnambulism (sleepwalking) past age 12.
  • Chronic motion sickness.
  • Shoulder or knee surgery or serious injury.
  • Chronic foot or back problem.
  • Amenorrhea or Dysmenorrhea.
  • Albuminuria (albumin or protein in the urine.)
  • Hematuria (red blood cells or blood in the urine.)
  • Glycosuria (sugar in the urine).
  • Small skull prosthesis (plate).
  • Any psychological or psychiatric hospitalization
  • Peptic ulcer (gastric or duodenal).
  • Ear surgery.
  • Surgery of the abdomen (except appendectomy).
  • Bone or joint surgery.
  • Painful or trick joint.
  • Surgery on female organs.
  • Brain surgery.
  • Medical conditions requiring intermittent or chronic use of steroids.
  • History of cataracts.
  • Detached retina.
  • Intestinal (bowel) resection.
  • Victims of physical or sexual abuse.
  • Any applicant who has a tattoo, brands, or ornamentation relative to a gang membership or gang activities is potentially disqualified.

Finally, these conditions are always permanently disqualifying:

  • Vision
    • Blindness in one or both eyes.
    • Diplopia. Cataracts; cataract surgery (unless there is an intraocular lens implant).
    • Visual acuity not correctable to at least 20/400.
    • History of keratotomy or kertomileusis.
    • Keratonoconus of any degree.
    • Refractive error in excess of +/-8.00 diopters.
  • Seizure disorder after age 5 and with seizure activity
    and/or anticonvulsant medication in the 5 years immediately preceding MEPS physical examination.
  • Diabetes requiring insulin therapy or prolonged therapy of any type.
  • Heart attack (myocardial infarction).
  • Valvular disease of the heart.
  • High blood pressure (hypertension), even if controlled by medication.
  • Cerebral palsy.
  • Muscular dystrophy (progressive atrophy of the muscles).
  • Multiple sclerosis (nerve disease involving muscle weakness and lack of coordination).
  • Mental retardation.
  • Imbecility (feebleness of the mind).
  • Emotional illness.
  • Schizophrenia and other psychosis or serious mental
  • Drug or alcohol addiction (active).
  • Hermaphroditism (state characterized by the presence of both male and female sex organs).
  • Leprosy.
  • Mutism or aphonia , regardless of cause.
  • Amputation of arm or leg.
  • Tumor of the thyroid (neck) including large lymph nodes if the degree of enlargement is such that it interferes with the wearing of ordinary clothing.
  • Neurosyphilis of any form.
  • Acromegaly or gigantism (enlargement of hands, feet, and/or face due to disease of pituitary gland).
  • Deafness in both ears even if aided by hearing aid.
  • Severe deformities of the mouth, throat or nose, that interfere with speech or mastication or ordinary food, to include harelip or hole in the roof of the mouth.
  • Deformities of a marked degree which will interfere with normal body functions and weight bearing power (e.g., severe scoliosis (curvature of the spine) or kyphosis (humpback)).
  • Noticeable limp.
  • Empyema or unhealed sinuses of the chest wall following surgery for empyema.
  • Intestinal bypass surgery.
  • Paralysis of any extremity.
  • One kidney - regardless of cause.
  • Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS).
  • Any TATTOOS, BRANDING OR ORNAMENTATION on the Head and/or Neck area.
  • Any TATTOOS, BRANDING OR ORNAMENTATION on other areas of the body that are sexist (express nudity), racist, eccentric or offensive in
    nature, express an association with conduct or substances prohibited by the Marine Corps Drug Policy and the UCMJ, to include tattoos associated with illegal, drugs, drug usage, or paraphernalia, are prohibited. Reference is ALMAR 194/96 and ALMAR 127/97.
  • Any TATTOOS, BRANDING OR ORNAMENTATION on ANY area of the
    body that depict vulgar or anti-American content, brings possible discredit to the Marine Corps, or associates the applicant with any extremist group or organization is INELIGIBLE FOR ENLISTMENT.
  • Dental ornamentation.