[QUOTE=MUGmom;146916]My son is currently a MUG and he is also a type 1 diabetic. He was upset when one of his upperclassmen told him that he would be unable to get his license and “ship out” because he is a type 1 diabetic. I read the USCG guidelines and that does not look like the case; however, I have no actual experience in the Maritime industry. I am just looking for the correct information, so I can give my son sound advice.
Thanks in advance for your help![/QUOTE]
The upperclassmen is an uninformed idiot.
Diabetes is a potentially disqualifying condition, but is waived in most cases. All that is required to get a waiver is to demonstrate good control by the standard means you are probably already well familiar with - he needs to maintain his HgA1C at 8.0 or lower, this is the standard measure of “good” diabetic control. His waiver may require him to periodically submit evidence of maintaining this control.
See page 31 of Enclosure 3 here: http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/nvic/pdf/2008/NVIC%2004-08%20CH%201%20with%20Enclosures%2020130607.pdf