Hello, i am an active duty marine about to be diagnosed with AS, Im looking for someone who has currently dealt with AS and the military, I am physically recovered to the point where i am no longer impeded by the disease, other than having to take humira injections, which makes me non deployable, and unable to obtain flight status, can i expect to be medically separated or medically retired or nothing happen at all? I only have 2 and a half years of active service.
Greetings, I'm on active duty (Army) as well, and have been for nine years now. I'm also taking Humira. Through all my research, I've seen that everyone's case is different. I believe, through my personal experience, that you can exercise the most influence over your situation by communicating your intentions to your doctor. If you want to remain on Active duty, be sure to articulate that to your doctors. If your docs are like mine, they'll do what they can to help you do that. Also, look for opportunities to pursue a career within your branch of service that is compatible with deployment limiting conditions. For me, that meant hanging up my aviation career in favor of the exciting career of 'force management!'
One thing that is for sure in the Army, is that if you're diagnosed with AS and are on a TNFi like Humira the regulations state that you MUST undergo an MEB. The outcomes of the MEB vary drastically for folks with AS. There is some history to that statement both on this forum as well as pebforum which MMParker also used to frequent (not sure if he still does).
Let me know if you have any specific questions.