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Active duty military expectations

Hello everyone,

I am currently an active duty sailor that was lucky enough to land one of the coveted STA-21 spots and will be commissioning in under a week. I have recently been experiencing "aura" symptoms of deja vu and have had two witnessed tonic clonic seizures and one suspected. I have had an ekg, echocardiogram, mri, holter monitor, and a 30 minute eeg and everything has returned normal. My co is aware of everything and is going to allow me to commission as I am still undiagnosed. My question is if my doctor diagnoses me with epilepsy, what will happen next? Do i go to a MTF, do I have a shot of staying nuke, or at least cross rate to restricted line? Essentially I just want to know what to expect. Thank you all in advance.


They will likely medically discharge you. Epilepsy is one condition that the military does not allow. Luckily for you, you are already in, so the process would be lengthy. Good luck

I was finally diagnosed a few days ago and put on vimpat. My lt is working with undersea medicine and they are talking about sending me pcs to a military hospital for like six months. Does that seem right?

I was a USAFA cadet (class of 2007) when my seizures began. It started in my junior year, and they did not waste much time trying to get rid of me. After a long battle, they let me graduate, but did not commission me. It's been a while since I was in the military, so I don't know how (or if) things have changed, but I would expect a medical discharge. Sorry, I'm sure that's not what you want to hear, I know I didn't. You can try and fight it (I even got a lawyer who deals with veterans facing medical discharge), but they stack the deck in their favor. Good luck.

Ok so here is an update. My chain of command has been working with just about every entity known to man. It had been decided that I will be sent tad (temporary orders) to great lakes medical facility and essentially have all my tests redone and get a new diagnosis. I will update as I go so future people know what happens in this situation.

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