our everyday life

Can I Enlist in the Army With a Heart Murmur?

by Darlene Peer, studioD

According to the official medical disqualification list for the Marines and the Army, a heart murmur may permanently disqualify you, but not necessarily. It really depends on the severity of the murmur and whether it's connected to any other heart conditions. If you're in stellar health and the murmur doesn't have an impact on your physical activity level, you may still qualify for service.

Applying With a Heart Murmur

One of the first things your recruiter will do when you start your application process is hand you a list of questions about your medical history. These questions include a question about a heart murmur, valve problem or mitral valve prolapse, along with another question about an irregular heartbeat. You may be required to present proof from you doctor that the heart murmur isn't serious or is no longer present.

About the Author

Darlene Peer has been writing, editing and proofreading for more than 10 years. Peer has written for magazines and contributed to a number of books. She has worked in various fields, from marketing to business analysis. Peer received her Bachelor of Arts in English from York University.

Photo Credits

  • Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images