Military Medical Standards for Enlistment And Commission
Genitalia Defects For Military Service
Both men and women with reproductive organ deformities, abnormal bleeding, tumors, or many other possible genetic or accidental issues could be cause for not being accepted into the military. Having sexually transmitted diseases, pregnant, excessive pain during menstruation or urination are types of issues many people face everyday. These issues can be disqualifying when receiving a physical or a medical history review at MEPS - Military Enlistment Processing Station or DODMERB Physicals (Department of Defense Medical Examination Review Board) for either enlistment or officer training programs.
See below for the causes for rejection for appointment, enlistment, and induction (without an approved waiver):
Current or history of abnormal uterine bleeding, including, but not limited to menorrhagia, metrorrhagia, or polymenorrhea,(excessive period bleeding and irregular menstrual cycle) is disqualifying.
Current unexplained amenorrhea is disqualifying. (lack of menstrual cycle)
Current or history of dysmenorrhea that is incapacitating to a degree recurrently necessitating medication, absences of more than a few hours from routine activities is disqualifying. Painful pelvis and abdomen periods, or menstrual cramps occurs around the time that menstruation begins. Symptoms typically last less than three days.
Current or history of endometriosis is disqualifying. Endometriosis is a fairly common disorder in which tissue that normally lines the uterus grows outside the uterus.
History of major abnormalities or defects of the genitalia such as hermaphroditism, pseudohermaphroditism, or pure gonadal dysgenesis or dysfunctional residuals from surgical correction of these conditions is disqualifying.
Current or history of ovarian cysts, when persistent or symptomatic is disqualifying.
Current pelvic inflammatory disease, or history of recurrent pelvic inflammatory disease, is disqualifying.
Current or history of chronic pelvic pain or unspecified symptoms associated with female genital organs is disqualifying.
Current pregnancy is disqualifying until 6 months after the end of the pregnancy.
Uterus, congenital absence of, or enlargement due to any cause is disqualifying.
Current sexually transmitted disease or history of genital infection or ulceration, including but not limited to herpes genitalis or condyloma acuminatum, if of sufficient severity to require frequent intervention or to interfere with normal function, is disqualifying.
Current abnormal gynecologic cytology, including, but not limited to unspecified abnormalities of the Papanicolaou smear of the cervix (Pap smear) excluding Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) or confirmed Low-Grade Squamous Intraepithelial Lesion (LGSIL) is disqualifying.
Current absence of one or both testicles, either congenital or undescended is disqualifying.
Current epispadias (malformation of the penis in which the urethra ends in an opening on the upper aspect of the penis) or hypospadias (condition in which the opening of the penis is on the underside rather than the tip.) when accompanied by evidence of urinary tract infection, urethral stricture, or voiding dysfunction, is disqualifying.
Current enlargement or mass of testicle or epididymis is disqualifying.
Current orchitis or epididymitis (inflammation of the testicle or sperm storage area) is disqualifying.
History of penis amputation is disqualifying.
Current sexually transmitted disease or history of genital infection or ulceration, including, but not limited to herpes genitalis and condyloma acuminatum, if of sufficient severity to require frequent intervention or to interfere with normal function, is disqualifying.
Current acute prostatitis (inflamed prostate) or chronic prostatitis is disqualifying.
Current hydrocele (fluid filled sac around the scrotum) , if large or symptomatic, is disqualifying.
Left varicocele, if symptomatic, or associated with testicular atrophy, or vericocele larger than the testis is disqualifying.
Any right varicocele (enlargement of veins in scrotum) is disqualifying.
Current or history of chronic scrotal pain or unspecified symptoms associated with male genital organs are disqualifying.
History of major abnormalities or defects of the genitalia, hermaphroditism, pseudohermaphroditism, or pure gonadal dysgenesis or dysfunctional residuals from surgical correction of these conditions is disqualifying.
Formerly, sex change operations were disqualifying to military members. Since 2016, military members have been allowed to receive reassignment or augmentation surgery. Payment of the surgery is still in the courts, but some military personnel have had surgery paid for by the government. Joining the military having had sex reassignment surgery or as transgender is still not fully determined by military policy or the judicial system.
Derived from Department of Defense (DOD) Directive 6130.3, "Physical Standards for Appointment, Enlistment, and Induction," and DOD Instruction 6130.4, "Criteria and Procedure Requirements for Physical Standards for Appointment, Enlistment, or Induction in the Armed Forces."