Can you join the military if you have celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity?

When we spoke to Cynthia O. Smith, spokesperson for the Department of Defense, in 2013, she said the official policy is that you cannot join the military if you require a gluten-free diet. While each branch of service has its own enlistment standards, they do need to follow medical policies dictated by the Department of Defense. You can find more information on the military’s policy at the end of this article.