Entry to the Australian Defence Force (ADF) for candidates with
asthma has recently changed.
This article summarises the ADF entry standards for candidates with
asthma. It also explains the role of general practitioners in the safe
and smooth transition to the military training environment for patients
Candidates with mild asthma may be considered for entry to the ADF
subject to certain criteria which includes normal spirometry and
negative bronchial provocation testing. If a candidate with asthma
is assessed as fit to enter the ADF, they will need to present to their
GP before entry to ensure they are prepared. Assistance from the
GP in providing the patient with appropriate Asthma Action Plans,
prescriptions, and medications is required to ensure continuity of
care during what is often a challenging transition to military life.
Entry to the Australian Defence Force (ADF) for candidates with asthma has recently changed. Until mid 2007, any candidate with a history of asthma within the previous 5 years was considered unfit for entry to the military. Based on clinical evidence, medical standards for entry to the ADF were relaxed, allowing some people with mild asthma to enter the ADF under strict guidelines. These guidelines are necessary due to the sometimes arduous and isolated nature of military service. The standards remain unchanged for aircrew, divers, submariners and special forces categories.
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