Just out of interest, what do the new rules mean for someone who's already in the AR as opposed to someone who's trying to join? Hypothetically speaking (*ahem), would it matter if you've been in for years but had an ACL reconstruction a long time ago? They're not going to retrospectively apply the new rules and start discharging people, are they?JohnA6
Sorry, I have been away from the forum for a bit. The rules are fairly clear regarding complete ACL rupture ie no way can you join. Partial tears with full recovery may allow you to join.If you can get back to fitness without surgery it may work for you but if you have a knee injury, best advice is find a good knee surgeon and do what he/she says - worry about army service after getting the knee sorted.
The official wording is as below (P8 = unfit military service, P2 or L2 = Fit to serve)
49. Knee ligaments.
a. Candidates with any history of complete Anterior or Posterior Cruciate Ligament rupture whether managed conservatively or surgically are graded P8L8.
b. Candidates with a history of partial tears of the Anterior or Posterior Cruciate Ligament are to be referred to the sS Occupational Physician responsible for the selection of recruits.
c. Candidates with a history of partial of complete rupture of any other knee ligaments are to be referred to the sS Occupational Physician responsible for the selection of recruits
d. Candidates with slight laxity of the ACL or other ligaments without a history of injury and without any loss of function may be graded L2.
Hope this helps
As I say, this is a purely hypothetical question...