Question by  apierce2f (29)

Can U.S. Navy pilots have asthma?

I have asthma but I really want to be a Navy pilot.


Answer by  Gunrunner (561)

Check with your local Navy recruiter. They can tell you if asthma will prevent you from being a pilot or just from being a certain type of pilot, i.e. fighter.


Answer by  joebob31 (622)

Asthma is usually a disqualifying medical condition for naval officers, but there are waivers available for almost any medical condition so I would investigate that.


Answer by  tamarawilhite (17883)

No, not if it requires maintenance medication. For example, asthma that is essentially in remission may be considered something one has outgrown. However, if you require oral medication or an inhaler to manage the condition, you are not eligible to serve in the military, much less as a pilot. They cannot support soldiers on maintenance medications.


Answer by  DavyBones (149)

Asthma is almost always a disqualifying factor for military service. Naval Aviators have to be in top physical condition to handle the stress of flying in combat. Health liabilities would keep you from serving as an aviator.


Answer by  Creedr75 (18)

It depends if it requires maintenance medication. If there were no occurrences since the age of thirteen then you should just talk to your local recruiter. If it isn't too serious you shouldn't have a problem.


Answer by  patti (29325)

Asthma is a disqualifier for the military service in the U.S. IF there has been an episode past the age of 13. This shouldn't stop you from speaking with a recruiter. Pilots are required to have a college education in a pertinent field and pass a rigorous selection process before beginning the pilots' program.


Answer by  samantha92 (7)

Navy pilots can have a history of asthma as long as there have been no occurrences since the age of thirteen.


Answer by  jhonq (37)

My recuiter said are you a doctor? (in other words if you can run more than 2 miles, haven't had an attack in a very long time - dont mention it)

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