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Hi Guys, attended ADSC Glencorse last week, got deferred for a foot operation I had back in 2015, however was allowed to continue with the weekend and passed everything with flying colours. Awaiting to get an appointment for a Special Assessment to get cleared for training. Anyone know how long this usually takes?
 

amnesia

Old-Salt
Hi Guys, attended ADSC Glencorse last week, got deferred for a foot operation I had back in 2015, however was allowed to continue with the weekend and passed everything with flying colours. Awaiting to get an appointment for a Special Assessment to get cleared for training. Anyone know how long this usually takes?
c12 weeks is the rule of thumb, and that is just to get a date for an appointment.

Like all things with Army medical checks, there is no definitive answer, it could be six weeks, it could be 18.
 

ldrese

Swinger
Hey just wanted to get some help as im quite distressed right now. I took the time to finally put through my application, after talking with a recruiter about my past history with epilepsy. Explained that I haven't had a fit or been on medication from atleast the ages of 12-14 and he told me, its been quite a while since and that it would still be a good try to apply for the army. As they would take into account my entire history and go over it to assess my suitability. So I did, I don't know if this is changed but I of course did the medical questionnaire given, marking down that I had seizures/ epilepsy after the age of 6. What I didn't know is that right there and then you automatically get rejected. Is it worth phoning up to inquire about this?
 

amnesia

Old-Salt
Hey just wanted to get some help as im quite distressed right now. I took the time to finally put through my application, after talking with a recruiter about my past history with epilepsy. Explained that I haven't had a fit or been on medication from atleast the ages of 12-14 and he told me, its been quite a while since and that it would still be a good try to apply for the army. As they would take into account my entire history and go over it to assess my suitability. So I did, I don't know if this is changed but I of course did the medical questionnaire given, marking down that I had seizures/ epilepsy after the age of 6. What I didn't know is that right there and then you automatically get rejected. Is it worth phoning up to inquire about this?
No

If you have had more than one epileptic seizure since your sixth birthday the chances of you joining are nill.

If you read JSP950 - at the beginning of this thread - it is quite clear, and nothing has changed in the recent version of 950.
 

ldrese

Swinger
No

If you have had more than one epileptic seizure since your sixth birthday the chances of you joining are nill.

If you read JSP950 - at the beginning of this thread - it is quite clear, and nothing has changed in the recent version of 950.
Let's say for instance I believe I had this.

"e. Benign rolandic epilepsy of childhood. Candidates with a confirmed diagnosis of
typical rolandic epilepsy of childhood, who have been seizure-free for 5 years (without
treatment) may be graded P2."

Is there a possibility of that being diagnosed at my age? (21) By going to a specialist, not sure exactly how they diagnose this which is why I'm asking.
 

amnesia

Old-Salt
Let's say for instance I believe I had this.

"e. Benign rolandic epilepsy of childhood. Candidates with a confirmed diagnosis of
typical rolandic epilepsy of childhood, who have been seizure-free for 5 years (without
treatment) may be graded P2."

Is there a possibility of that being diagnosed at my age? (21) By going to a specialist, not sure exactly how they diagnose this which is why I'm asking.
You probably need to ask your GP about that.
 
Let's say for instance I believe I had this.

"e. Benign rolandic epilepsy of childhood. Candidates with a confirmed diagnosis of
typical rolandic epilepsy of childhood, who have been seizure-free for 5 years (without
treatment) may be graded P2."

Is there a possibility of that being diagnosed at my age? (21) By going to a specialist, not sure exactly how they diagnose this which is why I'm asking.
it's not what you believe you had, it's what your medical records state medical professionals believed you had.

when was your last episode? How many have you had? when did they start? do you know what triggered them?
 
If you have had more than one epileptic seizure since your sixth birthday the chances of you joining are nill.
Normally, I wouldn't disagree with you, but there is a lack of a statement saying " more than one seizure after age 6 = P8S8".
 
it's not what you believe you had, it's what your medical records state medical professionals believed you had.

when was your last episode? How many have you had? when did they start? do you know what triggered them?
Also, again there's that phrase "confirmed diagnosis", which means that any diagnosis made by a GP isn't accepted unless validated by a specialist, in this case a neurologist.


Is there a possibility of that being diagnosed at my age? (21) By going to a specialist, not sure exactly how they diagnose this which is why I'm asking.
Unless you've already been seen by a neurologist, then any diagnosis you have is unconfirmed. If you are in London or just to the south, then there are neurologists at Charing X, St Thomas's, Frimley Park, and Haywards Heath who are regular/reserve officers or have been appointed as civilian advisors to the MoD.
 

vitani199

Swinger
At basic training and my lumbago has come back (lower back pain), should I go to the med centre? Should I say nothing and suffer with a burgen? Will I get discharged for this?
 

Fang_Farrier

LE
Kit Reviewer
Book Reviewer
At basic training and my lumbago has come back (lower back pain), should I go to the med centre? Should I say nothing and suffer with a burgen? Will I get discharged for this?
Not quite the right thread but don't be a twat, if you have hurt a pre-exisiting condition, then go see the doctor before you do yourself permanent damage
 

Fang_Farrier

LE
Kit Reviewer
Book Reviewer
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Alas, seeing as a past diagnosis regardless of physical performance neggers my opportunities in both the RN and Army I'm gonna go for the RFA and see how that works out, I'm really not chuffed if they're making it this hard. I also heard the TA don't mind too much about such injuries, could be worth a look in, especially if it leads to full time work.
The TA has not existed for a few years now. It is the Army Reserve and the jpoining criteria are exactly the same as for regulars
 
At basic training and my lumbago has come back (lower back pain), should I go to the med centre? Should I say nothing and suffer with a burgen? Will I get discharged for this?
Get it sorted .
 

Welshy123

Swinger
Hi guys ok sooo i got deferred for 3 years then 1 years then a 6 month exercise plan passed then they wanted a little more info from doc witch should of all been in my first ever meds records ... now rejection ******* gutted .. has anyone been rejected and appealed and won ?
 
Hi guys ok sooo i got deferred for 3 years then 1 years then a 6 month exercise plan passed then they wanted a little more info from doc witch should of all been in my first ever meds records ... now rejection ******* gutted .. has anyone been rejected and appealed and won ?
Some have.


Some have not
 

mark4880

Swinger
Hi guys ok sooo i got deferred for 3 years then 1 years then a 6 month exercise plan passed then they wanted a little more info from doc witch should of all been in my first ever meds records ... now rejection ******* gutted .. has anyone been rejected and appealed and won ?
I got deferred over two years ago for a hole in the heart from selection, was graded P8 but after a year to get it repaired, then a year on meds’ I appealed it in November last year and it got overturned. I provided all docs from the consultant and doctor. I’m currently waiting for my RGMD to be reviewed but the MO as it was sent to the CMO due to my history. Fingers croossed all is good

Good luck and provide letters from doctors and consultants and look at what the JSP950 says as that’s what they will base the decision on
 

Welshy123

Swinger
I got deferred over two years ago for a hole in the heart from selection, was graded P8 but after a year to get it repaired, then a year on meds’ I appealed it in November last year and it got overturned. I provided all docs from the consultant and doctor. I’m currently waiting for my RGMD to be reviewed but the MO as it was sent to the CMO due to my history. Fingers croossed all is good

Good luck and provide letters from doctors and consultants and look at what the JSP950 says as that’s what they will base the decision on
Whats .. jsp950 ?
 
Evening all, I joined the Army when I was 17 where I went to AFC Harrogate, back when it was a year long phase tore my meniscus 3 weeks prior pass out and got medicallly discharged as I required surgery (keyhole repair), 6 years on my knee is fine I had a hernia op 3 years ago and no grief from that either...I’ve re applied and had my face to face today and my first choice is for the Parachute Regiment, I know the chances are slim but could I get some opinions as to if I will get medically deferred?
 

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