Can I Join the US Merchant Marine if I Have ADD/ADHD?

Question: Can I join the Merchant Marine if I have ADHD or ADD?

Answer: Yes, a diagnosis ADHD or ADD alone is not a disqualifying condition. However, if you currently take these medications your application to be a merchant mariner will likely be flagged for more information.

According to the Coast Guard, psychotropic medication or having a condition requiring the use of psychotropic medicine are grounds for potential disqualification.
Psychotropic medication is defined as “capable of altering emotion or behavior.” Drugs that fall underneath this category commonly used in the treatment of ADHD include Adderal, Cylert, Dexedrine and Ritalin.
The Coast Guard has been known to offer waivers for ADHD/ADD on a case by case basis. Prepare to have your USCG Physical delayed and submit accompanying paperwork describing the nature of your ADHD/ADD and medication use.