Anonymous asked in HealthMental Health · 10 months ago

Can you join the military if you had a depression diagnosis as a kid? Do they look at your records of hospitalization?

The information I've found online is so inconsistent on this. Some say absolutely not, some say case by case, some say it's completely doable. I'll give my story as anonymously as I can. 

I was admitted into inpatient care circa January of this year. I was 16 years old at the time of admission and I was there for 5 days. I'm completely clean now, no history of self harm or anything, and I haven't had any medication save for fluoxetine and I only took it for about two weeks inconsistently. I am now 17 years old finishing my senior year of highschool, and I'm interested in joining the military. Am I out of the game? Do I have a chance??

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