Let me start off by saying that I am a fourteen year old autistic child. I am very high functioning though, so I have no idea why the events I am about to explain are happening. I have always thought there was something about the military. More specifically, the Air Force. My brother was in the Air National Guard. There was a certain appeal to me about flight and heroism. It just drew me to it. Recently I made the daring decision of joining the military when I come of age. I needed to learn what i could. I spoke with a few actual Air Force Personnel, only to find that autism is a disqualification. My hopes had been dashed. Needless to say. I wanted to find out more. I have recruiters from the military come to the high school I am at. I asked one from every branch about joining with Autism. No dice. It then occurred to me. Here I was, a willing young american, wanting to fight, wanting to serve, and they were not letting me. Now, how patriotic is that? No very if you ask me. Obama himself said that they shall not deny a young patriot wanting to serve. I guess I am not qualified as a person then. Why deny someone who, even though slightly handicapped, wants to join the military. I am high enough on the autistic spectrum to function like a normal person would. I am not full on handicapped. So why would they deny me? Please Off topic. Help me understand this.