I'm guessing the military has a reason for this. I'd be interested to know what it is.
Being former military myself and a military wife now, I can see why the standards are so strict. If you do not show up for duty during a time of war, this can be punishable by death. I can see how someone with dyslexia might read the time on the schedule wrong and "miss the boat", especially if they were in a hurry or something. They have not put anyone to death for this offense since 1945, but it is still a possibility.. There would be a trial to see if the UA (or AWOL) was intentional or unintentional.. But still serious stuff.
The military relies on attention to detail. If they did not teach such strict attention to detail, people would die all the time, even during routine training exercises. The military HAS to have these strict standards if they are to stay safe. If someone showed up for watch duty at the wrong time, this could mean someone's life. Everyone has to stand watch in the military at some point in their enlistment, no matter what their job in the military (except officers usually). When I was in boot camp, I did not show up for watch duty one day because I forgot to check the watch duty times before we left for class that morning. I got the crap beat out of me for hours (through endless exercises)!!! Not fun! I'm not dyslexic so I have no idea how someone with dyslexia would fair in the military.. There are VERY rigorous classes to take, starting in boot camp. After boot camp, you go on to more schools with more rigorous classes, depending on which job you choose. Someone with dyslexia or learning disabilities or ADHD might have a hard time keeping up and there is no extra help, special ed teachers, or extra time, or IEP's or any of that stuff. If you fail out of your school, you get sent to an easier school. If you fail out of the easier school, you may end up kicked out of the military.
I have "issues" that were not diagnosed at the time of my enlistment and I definitely struggled, especially with the social aspect and interpretting certain phrases and situations. Sometimes I had no idea what was going on or where I was supposed to be. I have attention issues and auditory processing issues, but I've learned to compensate by doing extra reading in the evening, etc. But I definitely do not do well following verbal instruction so I would have been a liability in a time of war. I was only in the military for one year back in 1996-97 before I met my husband and started a family. We were not in a time of war then. I am thankful I got out when I did. At the time, I had no idea how serious my issues were.. I got by in school by compensating or just floating by under the radar with average grades. I always just thought I was a little slow or whatever. Had no idea my issues had a name until I had kids of my own.
Edited by Misty, 07 February 2010 - 03:35 PM.