All medical chat and queries in here. Please don't start a new one for every single medical question.

Being asked to complete one is a good thing...it means they giving you the benefit of the doubt and it is up to you to prove that you can cope with training.

Yes I know a few candidates who have had to complete one.

They used to dish them out all the time but about 12 months ago they reduced the numbers being done. I believe it is only the medical staff at the ACs who issue them now.
Yeah the doctor said they used to just give you a straight no for the injury i had but they try to be lenient now and give people a chance , i think the fact it was nearly 20 years ago now should go in my favor, ill just have to wait and see
 

Mrsheeny

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Hello folks.

I’ve applied to join the army and was rejected based on an episode of anxiety with no specific trigger, as well as dermatitis.

Basically, during the call I told them I’d done a round of cognitive behavioural therapy and was almost done. This isn’t the case - just got a bit nervous over the call and the questions, said the wrong thing and didn’t want to backtrack as I thought it would make it seem like I was lying outright. Fully aware that I am an absolute ******* dick for being so stupid however its what’s there so I’ve got to run with it. In reality, I attended one session where we spoke about the issues I had and discussed what would happen going forward. I never attended any after this as I felt significantly better by the time I actually got the appointment through. I was also never diagnosed with any illness and self referred myself, rather than being referred by the GP. There also WAS a significant life event and I specified this to them in the appeal, but it appears they just outright ignored it.

I appealed this and got my decision back today, rejected again. I appealed it on the basis that I wasn’t ever diagnosed with anxiety, Iwas never treated for it, and feel fine now.

It was rejected with the message “I have declined your appeal on the basis that you have anxiety with no specific trigger, for which you are being seen by the community mental health team and dermatitis requiring steroid creams and care under a dermatologist”

My issue isn’t that I don’t feel I have anxiety unless I’ve been diagnosed as such, and I haven’t. The guidance they listed(JSP 950 4-I-4 AtopicDermatitis) refers to a totally different type of dermatitis; mine is seborrheic and very mild, controlled by an over the counter emollient andstraight forward moisturiser. They’re two different conditions with different triggers.

additionally, I was referredto the hospital’s dermatology department because my GP didn’t know what I had, not based on the severity of the condition.

I’m not sure what route to go down here.Im aware I can appeal again but also very conscious of the fact I have a limited amount of appeals and don’t want to waste them.
RCMO at the reserve unit I wanted to go to said to get in touch if I had any issues with the joining process but I’m not sure if this is worth bothering him about.

very new here so forgive any stupidity or ignorance, both of which I’m suremy post has in abundance!
I think Dermatitis is the issue here not the anxiety, with the anxiety as long as it was 1 episode as long as you are symptom free for 12months you’re good to go.


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Quick question, I’ve had depression for the past three years due to past traumas and not finding decent work, the last time I was diagnosed for it was last year September, I have been given meds 3 times in my life but never took them as all I wanted was a life change, and March of this year I went to the doctor saying I feel depressed but wasn’t diagnosed and was told to talk to councillors and ever since then I’ve been good and the doctor put on my records I’m fully fit in July and Now trying to follow my dreams of the infantry, now there about to read my records can anyone give me any idea what they might say ? Much appreciated
 
Hi all. I've been deferred waiting to see a Capita 'specialist' for a previous injury that's now fully recovered. Anyone know what wait times are like atm or if there's anything else I can do?
Cheers :)
 
Hello, I have been through all posts since the start and want to keep this brief. I went to selection in February this year and day later was rejected, I had no idea why. Turns out after my complaint to hq they finally sent me the letters I needed. 1 was over 2 single episodes of anxiety and second one was for sciatica. So I put a complaint into my surgery because I had never been told about being diagnosed with sciatica and the anxiety was from when I was younger over a failed asthmatic test. Then I told my mum so she come with me again to find out what was going on. Anyway the surgery acted like they knew nothing about this and said I could take it higher to ico which I did. Now for anyone wanting to appeal i would justify your right to rectification, that’s to get anything wrong in your medical records made up to date with sufficient evidence you might have gained. I attend my gp surgery last month and they told me I had never suffered from sciatica (bit odd) but at least that was cleared up and for the anxiety they were going to put a note on that initial diagnosis to state that I was not diagnosed with anxiety. From there they have sent off my full primary medical records for me to appeal the entry standards. Hoping that’s enough to get the pass as been wanting a year now
 
Well that’s me fucked then my medical records sounds worse than yours :/ it’s ridiculous tbh how people can get turned away for such things
 
Well that’s me fucked then my medical records sounds worse than yours :/ it’s ridiculous tbh how people can get turned away for such things
fancy an employer protecting potential employees and the organisation from potential disaster by being stringent on who it allows in. Even worse when so much is evidence based rather than on the wishes of those attempting to join.
 

amnesia

Old-Salt
Hi all. I've been deferred waiting to see a Capita 'specialist' for a previous injury that's now fully recovered. Anyone know what wait times are like atm or if there's anything else I can do?
Cheers :)
Depends what it is for...anywhere between 2 weeks and twelve weeks. Different medical ailments require different specialists. Some are more in demand than others.

Its just as likely to be a military specialist as it is a civilian 'specialist'. Aruguably more likely. Ultimately they will both be fully trained doctors / consultants.
 

Fang_Farrier

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Quick question, I’ve had depression for the past three years due to past traumas and not finding decent work, the last time I was diagnosed for it was last year September, I have been given meds 3 times in my life but never took them as all I wanted was a life change, and March of this year I went to the doctor saying I feel depressed but wasn’t diagnosed and was told to talk to councillors and ever since then I’ve been good and the doctor put on my records I’m fully fit in July and Now trying to follow my dreams of the infantry, now there about to read my records can anyone give me any idea what they might say ? Much appreciated
If you've been prescribed meds 3 times for depression and had multiple episodes and it's lasted 3 years then you do not meet the criteria set down in JSP950 for entry.
Whether you took the meds or not, the GP obviously decided, based on what you tomd them, that you warranted them.
 

Fang_Farrier

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Hello, I have been through all posts since the start and want to keep this brief. I went to selection in February this year and day later was rejected, I had no idea why. Turns out after my complaint to hq they finally sent me the letters I needed. 1 was over 2 single episodes of anxiety and second one was for sciatica. So I put a complaint into my surgery because I had never been told about being diagnosed with sciatica and the anxiety was from when I was younger over a failed asthmatic test. Then I told my mum so she come with me again to find out what was going on. Anyway the surgery acted like they knew nothing about this and said I could take it higher to ico which I did. Now for anyone wanting to appeal i would justify your right to rectification, that’s to get anything wrong in your medical records made up to date with sufficient evidence you might have gained. I attend my gp surgery last month and they told me I had never suffered from sciatica (bit odd) but at least that was cleared up and for the anxiety they were going to put a note on that initial diagnosis to state that I was not diagnosed with anxiety. From there they have sent off my full primary medical records for me to appeal the entry standards. Hoping that’s enough to get the pass as been wanting a year now
Don't forget about declaring your asthma.
 
Right quick one , was initially worried about a visit to docs due to family issues and child and he put anxiety down to sign me off a week , my med forms was sent and they deferred me wanting to know about an appointmemt in november 2018 which was an ENT appointment involving my ears, i had surgery as a kid to get rid of a disease inside and before it could do any damage ,12 years later "perfect hearing" , any how i moved address and asked for an upto date hearing test at hospital because its been so long and they cleared me for future , my gp received the letter and after a agony 2 weeks hassling them they sent it by email?! Which capita do not except it but rarely look on emails i have received the letter myself and it said , "i did not attend the appointment and has been disharged" like i honeslty expexcted more ! what does this mean i asked the gp and they state that from there point of view its in good reason that i no longer need seen "discharged" , how long is the process from this stage i have sent letter to nrc ?
 
Urghhhh!! Stresss was firstly deferred for wanting to know more info on an appointment i had missed a year and half a go with my ears , so i gathered eveidence, i was in perfect health and sent off my appeal , to be defferred again on an apparent episode of anxiety in april this year that was not the case "family/child probs" which he wrote anxious not that i had anxiety ! They have said to re apply 14/04/20 but then in brackets mentioning you also have been to see about back pain i have never once been about that Ever , i have appointment with Doc soon what evidence am i best getting seems how its actually ridiculous how its been 4 months already apealling over one small thing and reply back with something closer to time is that a pisstake out of me ?
 
Depends what it is for...anywhere between 2 weeks and twelve weeks. Different medical ailments require different specialists. Some are more in demand than others.

Its just as likely to be a military specialist as it is a civilian 'specialist'. Aruguably more likely. Ultimately they will both be fully trained doctors / consultants.
It's a wrist fracture, I believe a hairline on the distal radius. Any idea if that will impact non combat roles? Its been over a year since the injury.
 
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.
Can you pm please
 

amnesia

Old-Salt
It's a wrist fracture, I believe a hairline on the distal radius. Any idea if that will impact non combat roles? Its been over a year since the injury.
The medical standards are the same for all roles combat and non combat (with some exceptions for very specialist roles.)

It is impossible to say how it will impact you, which is why a specialist will need to make that decision.

All you can do is see the specialist, tell them it doesnt cause you any problems and let them make the decision.

At least they are giving you the benefit of the doubt and not just rejecting your application.
 

Fang_Farrier

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It's a wrist fracture, I believe a hairline on the distal radius. Any idea if that will impact non combat roles? Its been over a year since the injury.
Medic is a non combatant but not much use if you can't carry a stretcher for instance.
 
Hi all, just a quick question. I have had my medical triage call today and I failed to inform them of 2 occasions of time I had off work due to work related stress in the past 2 years. I have also been prescribed antidepressants on one occasion in the last 2 years. Is there anything I can do now? Or will I be dishonorably discharged before I even get to training?
 
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The_Duke

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Hi all, just a quick question. I have had my medical triage call today and I failed to inform them of 2 occasions of time I had off work due to work related stress in the past 2 years. I have also been prescribed antidepressants on one occasion in the last 2 years. Is there anything I can do now? Or will I be dishonorably discharged before I even get to training?
If you get in touch and tell the full story you may just get into the system as usual, and probably be rejected initially.

Let them discover it themselves (and they will) and the future is far less rosy.
 
If you get in touch and tell the full story you may just get into the system as usual, and probably be rejected initially.

Let them discover it themselves (and they will) and the future is far less rosy.
Thanks.
I have my career advisory meeting coming up, would it be wise to explain then?
 

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