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The neurodiverse community offers an array of talents and skills that are essential to our national security. 

The term neurodiverse may encompass (but not exclusive to) autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), attention deficit disorder (ADD), Tourette syndrome, dyslexia, and dyscalculia.

The United States Department of Defense Instruction 6130.03, Volume 1, lists neurodivergent conditions as disqualifying conditions to appointment, enlistment, or induction into military service

Despite this exclusionary policy, the DoD has benefited from the service of neurodivergent individuals who received a diagnosis during their military career. The military neurodivergent community has advocated for improved policies that remove barriers to entrance into military service and retention. 

The United States has been viewed as a leader in military power and innovation. In order to continue evolving, we must embrace the neurodiverse mind and the unique talents represented within this community.

The 2023 RAND Corporation report on Neurodiversity and National Security gained the attention of congressional members. As a result, a provision within the House version of the 2024 National Defense Authorization Act was written. This provision will require the DoD to enter into an agreement with a federally funded research center to evaluate how the Secretary can maximie the talent of neurodivergent populations. This is an essential first step to improve the DoD policies.

A letter or email is the most popular choice of communication for congressional office. We have included a brief guide to help you along the way.


Step 1: Identify you members of Congress

The email and physical addresses of your elected officials are available on their websites. You can find your congressional member here:

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Step 2: Prepare your message

Be courteous, to the point, and include evidence to support your position. We recommend keeping the email/letter to less than one page.


Sample Letter

Step 3: Send your letter.

For additional resources, please follow this link to the NeurodiverseAF.

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