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What does the military know about Ritalin??

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by pyrdek, Dec 17, 2012.

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  1. pyrdek

    pyrdek Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    NW PA
    It seems that the military knows something that a lot of people don't about the use of Ritalin and similar drugs!

    Here is an article from more than ten years ago where it comes out that if you have been a Ritalin user, especially after age 12, it is highly UNLIKELY that they will accept you as an enlistee!!! Now what have they discovered that seems to be very much UNSAID in any major media outlet.

    Here is a short excerpt:

    "Military frowns on recruits with Ritalin past
    By Sidney Schuhmann
    Reporter-News Staff Writer

    "Taking Ritalin can significantly decrease a person’s chances of being accepted into the military.

    "Disclosing past use of the stimulant can disqualify enlistees from joining the military. Recruits can apply for a medical waiver, but the odds of their approval are low, recruiters said.

    "Recruiters trying to boost the military’s lagging numbers are more often facing a generation of youngsters who grew up using Ritalin. Ritalin and other stimulants are often prescribed for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder."

    Get the Full article article HERE

    The AFROTC has a notice on their web site also listing Ritalin use as be a disqualifying factor for AFROTC enrollment. It is about half way down This page

    There are a number of other sources that convey the same information that Ritalin and similar drugs are a bar to enlistment. A quick search can confirm this fact if you just use Google or other search engines to confirm it for yourself.

    Given that info I have wonder why this information is not more commonly known. I can think of a few reasons. By encouraging use of Ritalin, and other such drugs, drug company profits can increase, the pool of available enlistees for the military is reduced, parents and teachers can shirk a duty to actually discipline misbehavior, any probably other reason. Now some sources are promoting Ritalin use as a "Magic Elixir" that will help even non hyper students to improve their short term memory for test taking (like SATs especially) purposes. A link about this is HERE

    All these problems and yet not a single investigation hitting the news???? Something does NOT COMPUTE!
  2. Unknown1

    Unknown1 Well-Known Member

    Nov 5, 2009
    It's pretty simple: According to Pentagon's Military Service Medical Policy and the Army's Standards of Medical Fitness, no soldier can be under the influence of or require any medication to enable them to cope with the normal stresses of daily life. Prospects who require(d) Ritalin, who used it for more than a year or after the age of 12 are disqualified from enlistment simply because it calls into question that individual's ability to effectively deal with the stresses of combat with or without the medication.

    There is less of a drug company conspiracy to push the stuff than there is a lack of foresight by parents and doctors who choose to use it to calm their youngsters rather than apply a routine of strict order and behavior to the child's life. The possibility of future military service is not usually given much thought when trying to cope with a hyper-active kid. Blame the child's upbringing, not the drug companies.

    That's all I know about it and that's what I've seen.

  3. g7777777

    g7777777 Active Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    It is like being a pilot- as long as you have people standing in line to fly that have high test scores and perfect or better than perfect vision

    Why would you ever take anyone that needed vision correction?

    Regards from Iowa

  4. shot410ga

    shot410ga Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Things have changed. During Vietnam, if one could walk they were drafted in the army. Say What! Sorry kid we don't care about your criminal history or drinking problems. Smoked dope, thats to bad---your in the Army now, we need cannon fodder.
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