Military Retirements Based on Sleep Apnea Is A Contentious Issue
It Could Affect Your Career
The military has some pretty strict health requirements for its force, and if you're in the
military with obstructive sleep apnea, you might have a good reason to be concerned about its
retirements policy. Retirements, sleep apnea, and the military is a growing topic of discussion. As it stands, military retirements based
on sleep apnea are pending until after a review from an off-base specialist, an on-base physician, and/or the on-base medical board.
(Your condition may be reviewed by an on-base physician only).
Because sleep apnea can be dangerous, the military may be reluctant to deploy those diagnosed with sleep disorders
like narcolepsy, sleep deprivation, insomnia, or obstructive apnea) on certain missions. And if we're
to make a determination based on the experience of other military men who've been diagnosed with this disorder (and other related disorders), we
can tell you that after being diagnosed and receiving treatment, the military may state that you're not deployable and that you indeed have a
If the military does claim that your apnea diagnosis, treatment, or cure qualifies you as disabled, be sure to ask about cpap treatment and
filing a claim for 50% disability coverage.
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Nicole Miller is a successful author and regular contributor to sleep-disorders-help.com.