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ask: can kidney stones get you discharged from the military?

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my boyfriend is in the marines, and he has kidney stones. he didn't tell them when he enlisted but he's fixing on telling them this week. they are going to send him to medical to get it checked out, but he thinks they will discharge him from the marines. we would like to know an answer for his problem if it's possible?

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Diane Porter


Some kidney stones will ultimately dissolve on their own and pass through in the urine. Others, which are larger and causing more problems, may need ultrasound or surgery. Does your boyfriend know how large or troublesome his kidney stones are?

I could not find a definitive answer on whether someone with kidney stones would be discharged from the military. And I imagine that's because it depends on each person, how severe the kidney stones are, whether they were a pre-existing condition, and whether an actual deformity in the kidney is found. The key is whether a condition is severe enough to interfere with someone being able to do their job. Since he didn't tell them when he enlisted, he could be in trouble for that.

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And here's a page that talks about medical discharges in general:

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April 7, 2010 - 10:57am
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