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dclxvi

Crow
Hi just a quick question to anyone who can provide an answer.

I am joining the paras and should be going down to the assessment centre this December but my application has been put on hold due to an injury in the past, broke my ankle 4 years ago and had to have pins put in (pins have been taken out now and have been out for a few years already) have had ZERO issues, no restrictions in my movement and can do exercise "comparable to military training" ie running with heavy bags etc. Have contacted my gp about it all and its all being processed, anyway back to the question. Will the army actually allow me to go through with everything (training etc) or will they simply turn around and tell me to bugger off regardless of what my gp says?

some reassurance would be great, would love to hear anyone else's experiences if theyre similar. Cheers
 

magsy26

Swinger
Hi just a quick question to anyone who can provide an answer.

I am joining the paras and should be going down to the assessment centre this December but my application has been put on hold due to an injury in the past, broke my ankle 4 years ago and had to have pins put in (pins have been taken out now and have been out for a few years already) have had ZERO issues, no restrictions in my movement and can do exercise "comparable to military training" ie running with heavy bags etc. Have contacted my gp about it all and its all being processed, anyway back to the question. Will the army actually allow me to go through with everything (training etc) or will they simply turn around and tell me to bugger off regardless of what my gp says?

some reassurance would be great, would love to hear anyone else's experiences if theyre similar. Cheers
Hi bud, when your gp sent your medical records to NARC did this pop up then? How did you get an assessment centre place without passing the medical?

Let me know about the above but check out this link to find out more information (NB: press control F and search 'anke'

Google this - JSP 950 army
 
Hi just a quick question to anyone who can provide an answer.

I am joining the paras and should be going down to the assessment centre this December but my application has been put on hold due to an injury in the past, broke my ankle 4 years ago and had to have pins put in (pins have been taken out now and have been out for a few years already) have had ZERO issues, no restrictions in my movement and can do exercise "comparable to military training" ie running with heavy bags etc. Have contacted my gp about it all and its all being processed, anyway back to the question. Will the army actually allow me to go through with everything (training etc) or will they simply turn around and tell me to bugger off regardless of what my gp says?

some reassurance would be great, would love to hear anyone else's experiences if theyre similar. Cheers
Are you really the beast ? anyway maybe and its only a guess , if you could get a private specialist to write a report stating that you are at no more risk to sustain injuries than anyone else it may help, assuming you reallyare fit enough.
 

dclxvi

Crow
Hi bud, when your gp sent your medical records to NARC did this pop up then? How did you get an assessment centre place without passing the medical?

Let me know about the above but check out this link to find out more information (NB: press control F and search 'anke'

Google this - JSP 950 army
Yeah all of this popped up once my gp sent my medical records to the medical team i believe. Havent had any issues or any visits in regards to my ankle so im assuming itll all be gucci

So when i went in for the face to face meeting at the careers office I had a selection date booked then and there. I guess they never chased up my medical records fast enough or something hence why all of this is happening now, when i had the medical phone call i did bring up my injury and the woman i was speaking to stated it should be fine. I did receive a phone call from the recruiter about it and she said that she wont pull me out of selection in hopes it all gets sorted quickly.

All very confusing but yeah cheers.
 

Ken M

Swinger
Hi just a quick question to anyone who can provide an answer.

I am joining the paras and should be going down to the assessment centre this December but my application has been put on hold due to an injury in the past, broke my ankle 4 years ago and had to have pins put in (pins have been taken out now and have been out for a few years already) have had ZERO issues, no restrictions in my movement and can do exercise "comparable to military training" ie running with heavy bags etc. Have contacted my gp about it all and its all being processed, anyway back to the question. Will the army actually allow me to go through with everything (training etc) or will they simply turn around and tell me to bugger off regardless of what my gp says?

some reassurance would be great, would love to hear anyone else's experiences if theyre similar. Cheers
From JSP 950
"
17. Previous fracture with surgical fixation
. A period of at least 12 months must have
elapsed since the latest surgery in all cases before selection, as remodelling following a fracture
often takes up to 12 months.
a. Upper limb fractures. Candidates with upper limb fractures whose union is confirmed,
without deformity, with no tenderness over the area of metal work / fracture site who are
asymptomatic with exercise comparable with military training over the last 3 months and
have full function of the joints above and below the injury may be graded P2.
b. Lower limb fractures. The same conditions apply to candidates with lower limb
fractures. If surgery has resulted in restitution of anatomy, the candidate may be acceptable
provided they are symptom-free with activity comparable with military training for 3 months
and have been referred for specialist assessment. Candidates who have received complex
surgery involving joints or surgical fixation of major upper and lower limb joints are normally
graded P8 as early osteoarthritis is the norm."

You should be ok if your ankle has fully recovered and you pass the tests at assessment. An examination and note from your GP should sort things.
 

magsy26

Swinger
Yeah all of this popped up once my gp sent my medical records to the medical team i believe. Havent had any issues or any visits in regards to my ankle so im assuming itll all be gucci

So when i went in for the face to face meeting at the careers office I had a selection date booked then and there. I guess they never chased up my medical records fast enough or something hence why all of this is happening now, when i had the medical phone call i did bring up my injury and the woman i was speaking to stated it should be fine. I did receive a phone call from the recruiter about it and she said that she wont pull me out of selection in hopes it all gets sorted quickly.

All very confusing but yeah cheers.
I gotcha pal, yeah confusing to say the least. All down to you now to smash Assessment because that will be your evidence to show that your previous history has no impact on you now. Smash it bud.
 

dclxvi

Crow
Are you really the beast ? anyway maybe and its only a guess , if you could get a private specialist to write a report stating that you are at no more risk to sustain injuries than anyone else it may help, assuming you reallyare fit enough.
not quite sure what youre talking about, but yes ill consider seeing a private specialist. I will only do this if i need to take things further or in the case i need to appeal a MD
 
Hi I’m just wondering if anyone can shed some light on something for me as I’m currently in the application process and I’m colourblind, I know that I will do a test while at selection but I was wondering if the ishihara test will give me a grade or a straight pass or fail as I only need the CP4 for infantry thanks
 

amnesia

Old-Salt
Hi I’m just wondering if anyone can shed some light on something for me as I’m currently in the application process and I’m colourblind, I know that I will do a test while at selection but I was wondering if the ishihara test will give me a grade or a straight pass or fail as I only need the CP4 for infantry thanks
You will get a grade - if you are going for infantry you will be fine.
 
Hi!, I really need some advice and hope I can find it,
I applied to join the army around January this year, basically I was deferred due to it stating on my records I suffer from Borderline Personality Disorder. This initial diagnosis came from being hospitalised due to an overdose. I only saw the consultant once for an hour and basically decided I had this illness. Even when I was diagnosed I was confused. Other than this I have no history of mental health issues. I was signed off from the mental health team after a couple of months as they knew I was fine. They put me on a medication plan but this was stopped as I didn’t take them as I didn’t really need them. I have noticed the medical list has been updated recently and personality disorders are no longer a disqualifying illness. I have already appealed once with a note from my old consultant however my GP and the mental health services I was with have told me they cannot help me as I’m not mentally unwell and it’s not a necessity. Any advice on what I can do or who I can see to be able to get the information I need to be able to have a successful application?. I’m looking into paying for a private consultant but unaware if they may be able to help.
 
Hi!, I really need some advice and hope I can find it,
I applied to join the army around January this year, basically I was deferred due to it stating on my records I suffer from Borderline Personality Disorder. This initial diagnosis came from being hospitalised due to an overdose. I only saw the consultant once for an hour and basically decided I had this illness. Even when I was diagnosed I was confused. Other than this I have no history of mental health issues. I was signed off from the mental health team after a couple of months as they knew I was fine. They put me on a medication plan but this was stopped as I didn’t take them as I didn’t really need them. I have noticed the medical list has been updated recently and personality disorders are no longer a disqualifying illness. I have already appealed once with a note from my old consultant however my GP and the mental health services I was with have told me they cannot help me as I’m not mentally unwell and it’s not a necessity. Any advice on what I can do or who I can see to be able to get the information I need to be able to have a successful application?. I’m looking into paying for a private consultant but unaware if they may be able to help.
You did have an overdose, and you were prescribed medication. That'll be slowing your application down. Check the criteria for those.
 
You did have an overdose, and you were prescribed medication. That'll be slowing your application down. Check the criteria for those.
Thank you!,
I just checked, and it says significant suicide attempt. X2 episodes of depression with treatment and x2 episodes of anxiety. I’m not diagnosed with either of those two and never have been. Was prescribed meds which were taken away as they weren’t needed. The hospital visits on my records are what worries me the most. I’m trying to see if I can speak to a consultant and try explain I was teenager stressed out and didn’t wanna fail my exams, I’m definitely not suffering with any kind of mental illness. It’s been around a year and a half since my last hospital visit for mental health. And it’s been over a year since I’ve been signed off. It’s just so complicated when AFCO can’t give any advice on medicals!
 

dclxvi

Crow
Thank you!,
I just checked, and it says significant suicide attempt. X2 episodes of depression with treatment and x2 episodes of anxiety. I’m not diagnosed with either of those two and never have been. Was prescribed meds which were taken away as they weren’t needed. The hospital visits on my records are what worries me the most. I’m trying to see if I can speak to a consultant and try explain I was teenager stressed out and didn’t wanna fail my exams, I’m definitely not suffering with any kind of mental illness. It’s been around a year and a half since my last hospital visit for mental health. And it’s been over a year since I’ve been signed off. It’s just so complicated when AFCO can’t give any advice on medicals!
Since you have been clear of everything for a while it should be alright, dont be discouraged if the medical list says youre unable to join or "unfit" as every case is dependant on the individual, however the army is really strict about things like this but on the other hand people join from all walks of life (people from the lowest of the low etc) Try contact a specialist who will be able to prove that youre mentally stable etc and get in touch with the medical team maybe.
goodluck
 
Hi all,

I posted my story in here a while back after being PMU'd for several instances of depression, losing two appeals and winning the third and then passing my AC .... however I was deferred until a face to face to review my medical records and was warned to expect the worst. 3 months on and I received a phone call to say that my records were reviewed, no issues, I have been attested and am now ready for basic.

To those who have been rejected on medical grounds; study the JSP950 and centre your appeal around how you meet the criteria, supported by medical evidence.
 

Haz95

Crow
Hi all,

Just after some advice (clearly).

Following the response to my RGMD I have to submit additional information after treatment for low mood and insomnia was listed. Last treatment was 18 months ago (this was for insomnia) and the low mood was linked to the suicide of a friend in addition to difficulties with university at the time. Whilst there was also anxiety mentioned the treatment was explicitly for my sleep as this was the main condition giving me difficulties.

I have to have both a GP and personal portion of the form completed and was wondering how best to word my response and how I should approach having the GP complete their portion.

As stated it has been 18 months since I've had any treatment, I am also aware that there is a 2 year cooling off for insomnia if no clear reason for it is stated. Since treatment I have been involved in similar situations (sadly another friend passed) and have been working in a stressful environment with an ambulance service and have had no follow up symptoms nor any further health issues. Would it be worth stating this as well to show evidence of my complete recovery?

I am aware a deferral is possible and maybe even likely but would like to put myself forwards in the best light.

Thank you in advance for any advice.
 
Hello all,

My application was stopped today because my medical records mentioned that I had eczema in the past. I haven't had any symptoms or used medication since primary school so 6 years coming up to 7 years.

They mention that I used "Occlusive Dressings" which is the reason my application is stopped. Under the JSP 950. Does using Occlusive Dressings in the past mean I can't join? Even if its been 6 to 7 years?

I am planning to book an appointment with my GP to say that its cleared up for that long, just wondering if it is likely that my appeal would be accepted
 

amnesia

Old-Salt
[QUOTE="renzrenzrenz, post: 9644953, member:
Does using Occlusive Dressings in the past mean I can't join? Even if its been 6 to 7 years?

I am planning to book an appointment with my GP to say that its cleared up for that long, just wondering if it is likely that my appeal would be accepted
[/QUOTE]

Yes - it does mean you cant join.

Your appeal is only likely to be succesful if you can prove you didnt have occlusive dressings.

Having occlusive dressings is specifically mentioned as being an indicator of "severe atopic dermatitis", and thus is a bar to entry.
 
[QUOTE="renzrenzrenz, post: 9644953, member:
Does using Occlusive Dressings in the past mean I can't join? Even if its been 6 to 7 years?

I am planning to book an appointment with my GP to say that its cleared up for that long, just wondering if it is likely that my appeal would be accepted
Yes - it does mean you cant join.

Your appeal is only likely to be succesful if you can prove you didnt have occlusive dressings.

Having occlusive dressings is specifically mentioned as being an indicator of "severe atopic dermatitis", and thus is a bar to entry.
[/QUOTE]
Thanks, tough news to hear. If so is it even worth an appeal?
 

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