I'm sure you hate Joe Biden who also garnered five deferments from serving in Vietnam? For get this... asthma. While the _______ played college football. And yes he voted to invade Iraq too.
#10 | POSTED BY DALTON
Had asthma growing up as a kid in the 70's. Wasn't pretty but it also wasn't constant. Still ran around like a chicken when I could...up until the time something triggered it and I suddenly couldn't breathe. Was hospitalized for it a few times as well.
When I signed up for the Marines 2 months before I graduated, the recruiters in my area "introduced" us to what requirements we'd need to pass boot. Running 3 miles under 27 min, required # of pull/sit ups, target shooting (shot my first M16A1 then) and rappelling (Missed the experience because the guy driving got lost) and the general in your face screaming that went with it.
I had no problem with any of it and I made it through all the way to Phila PA and was in a room with other recruits waiting to ship out for boot when they yanked me out because they found out about it (I think from my mother, but she died shortly after in a car crash and I never found out). They said thanks but no thanks and sent me home.
Anyway long story short the problem the military has with Asthma is that you are generally fine until something triggers it and then you are definitely not fine.