MORE than 1,000 British troops have been diagnosed with autism, Asperger’s syndrome and ADHD while serving.
At least 37 have been medically discharged after being recognised as having one of the neurological conditions.
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A further 694 had ADHD and 82 had Asperger’s.
Until 2018, autism was generally seen as a bar to military service.
But the military updated its “medical employment standards” to allow greater discretion.
Autism spectrum disorders, including Asperger’s syndrome, are neurological conditions that affect social interaction.
It can be diagnosed at any age and symptoms include problems communicating and struggling with emotions.
An MoD spokesman said: “We are extremely proud of the wide- ranging make up of our Armed Forces, and welcome many neurodiverse service personnel including those with Autism, Asperger’s and ADHD within our ranks.
“The health and medical history of all individuals, as an Armed Forces applicant or a serving person, is considered on a case by case basis.”