National Psoriasis Foundation

Military service and psoriasis

October 6, 2011

Question: Why does having psoriasis disqualify you from military service?


In my opinion, psoriasis should not necessarily disqualify someone from military service. I believe that if someone with a history of psoriasis wants to serve in the military, the decision about their eligibility should take into account the severity of their disease and its affect on their quality of life.

Editor’s note: According to, recruits are asked if they have psoriasis. If they answer yes, they may need to show official proof that the disease is no longer present or severe. Recruits can appeal a disqualification based on having psoriasis. For more specific information, talk to a recruiter for the branch that interests you.

Neil J. Korman, M.D., Ph.D.

Neil J. Korman, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Dermatology, Clinical Director
Murdough Family Center for Psoriasis
Case Western Reserve University
University Hospitals of Cleveland
Cleveland, Ohio


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