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Lasted Year In The Air Force
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I've been in the Air Force for 14 years. Well, two years ago I was diagnosed with celiac. I've been through two medical boards to determine my fate in the Air Force. I just got the results of my last medical board and they have decided to keep me in...well, for at least another year. YAY!!! Anyway, just wanted to share my good news. :D

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Congratulations!! I would think you have times where eating is very challenging....like at college?? You seem happy with this outcome, so I'm happy for you. And btw, thank you very much for your service!!

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Thanks for your service!

Want ot ask a question. How do they handle the food? Do they not deploy you? Not sure MREs are gluten-free. Asking cause I have a teenage son who is interested in military service. Along with a few other careers. I am not genetically test ing him because I fear it will limit him even without active celiac disease.

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That's great news, and I'll join in thanking you for your service!

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Great, sounds like there is some positive understanding about the condition around the AF. Congrats!

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You rock! I absolutely LOVE to hear from our folks in the armed services who are happy and enthustiastic about what they do. Thank you for keeping us all safe! I hope your gluten free life in our Air Force treats you well :)

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Thank you everyone! I haven't deployed since I was diagnosed. However, I'm going on one in a few months. The Air Force medical boards put me on a profile. Basically what the profile says is I can deploy however, the gaining unit medical commander must approve me. Another words,they have to be able to feed me and give me proper medical care. I'll bet this deployment will be far different from my Iraq deployment.

As far as joining the AF with celiac, I believe that's one medical issue you CAN NOT join with. I wasn't diagnosed or showed signs of celiac when I joined. However, I would always ask the recruiter if it's still a possibility.

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