No. The Indian Armed Forces do not allow people with asthma to join the service. Asthma is a disqualifying condition, and a candidate with the condition cannot join military service. The department of defence has made medical tests mandatory while selecting new candidates.
The eligibility criteria on the website clearly asks candidates to be ‘medically fit’ and free from any disease/syndrome/disability that can interfere with the performance of duties in any climate, terrain including sea and air, in remote areas and in conditions with no medical help.
However, in case of work-related exposure to asthma, various studies have been conducted to determine most suitable solutions to control the spread. Research suggests that asthma is the most common disease among active-duty service members. Also, if active members can ensure accurate initial diagnosis and quick management of the condition, they can live a normal life. Recent developments in diagnosis and treatment of asthma have made it possible for service members with controlled asthma to remain active on the duty. The key is to know the triggers and avoid them completely. Regular allergy testing can help with the identification of specific allergens that induces severe asthma attacks among active army people.
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