Justin Delgado is husband to Kacie Doyle-Delgado, diagnosed at age 11. After more than a decade together, he considers himself to be an expert carb counter and Dexcom inserter. He graduated with his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Utah in 2013 and has been working in commercial banking since then. He attended his first Friends for Life conference in 2015 and is looking forward to volunteering with the teens.
October 14, 2002
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Question from Indianapolis, Indiana, USA:
How can I enlist in the US military, despite my type 1 diabetes? I know that this disqualifies me, but I believe I am physically capable of being in our armed services. I also do not believe I should be discriminated because of my physical condition. I am a 22 year old honors college student who is independent, athletic, and self-motivated. I simply want the same opportunity as every one else has to serve my country. I have received the same response from several recruiters, but I don't want to know why I can't anymore, I want to know how I can. There are officer training programs that I am more than qualified for, and I know I can meet the physical training test standards. Through waivers, extra work, new medicines, whatever it takes, I want to try. Please help, and if you cannot please send this message to someone who can.
As of October 2002, people with type 1 diabetes are not accepted into the US military. I suggest that you write to your Congressional Representatives and ask them to introduce legislation that would lift this ban. I personally agree with you that people with type 1 diabetes can and should be permitted to contribute to our nation’s defense.