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Mkue

Swinger
Hey there I'm looking to go for my AC soon as the army have received my medical from the GP.
The army flagged me for back pains I had in 2016 which the GP told me could be the way I sit and bad posture, I corrected my posture as well as exercised which soon saw the pain go away, however never went back to my GP so the medical admin team believe it still may not have been 'resolved'.
They said as there may an element of doubt they will proceed my application to the AC. However mentioned I could find myself medically failed due to this problem.
Should I be worried?
Hey, I had the same reply from the medical team but it was to do with my foot, injured it in 2017 and took quite some time to fix. They brought this up in my medical at the AC I advised it wasn't an issue anymore and provided evidence of my regular runs and workouts (recorded on Garmin/Strava) which the doctor said without this I wouldn't have passed - Might not be the same case for you but it wouldn't hurt to have evidence of the same kind to prove that your past injury is no longer an issue.
 
Hey, I had the same reply from the medical team but it was to do with my foot, injured it in 2017 and took quite some time to fix. They brought this up in my medical at the AC I advised it wasn't an issue anymore and provided evidence of my regular runs and workouts (recorded on Garmin/Strava) which the doctor said without this I wouldn't have passed - Might not be the same case for you but it wouldn't hurt to have evidence of the same kind to prove that your past injury is no longer an issue.
Hey cheers for getting back to me on this, I've started recording my runs now however I'm not sure that's a big concern in terms of back pain. Do you know an app that I can use to track my deadlift or weighted walk etc. Thank you for the help, much appreciated.
 

Mkue

Swinger
Hey cheers for getting back to me on this, I've started recording my runs now however I'm not sure that's a big concern in terms of back pain. Do you know an app that I can use to track my deadlift or weighted walk etc. Thank you for the help, much appreciated.
For walks I think you can still use Strava, if you have a sports watch you can record specific workouts which should save to an app - if you don't have one you could always record part of it as a video and keep a diary of your workouts for reference
 
For walks I think you can still use Strava, if you have a sports watch you can record specific workouts which should save to an app - if you don't have one you could always record part of it as a video and keep a diary of your workouts for reference
I've got an arm strap for my phone which I use for running, it's weighty but gets the job done. Think I'll start recording my lifts as evidence. Cheers.
 
The Army will ask your GP for your medical record as part of the application process (depends on soldier vs officer route as to what medical evidence they require). The same happened with mine where my GP had to request documents and any letters from any GP practices where I was previously registered to. Also your current GP may hold paper records of everything (including letters from operations, outpatients etc) where there is a gap in records on the NHS digital system.


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What difference in medical evidence do they want for officers compared to soldiers? I'm applying as an officer
 
Hi, I have applied for Nursing.
I'm concerned about the past medical history of low mood in January 2020, no counselling or medication, I have never taken any medication. I'm worried this may flag up , it has been resolved and i have had over 12 months clear, I have spoken to my GP who has made a note of this and wrote on my medical records I am fine.

When the army view them will it be a chance of disqualification or will my application be delayed?
Will i find this out before i reach the Assessment centre?
 
So I had my selection yesterday. Couldn’t do the fitness due to the temperature being below 0c and the doctors wants more info from my gp about “sciatica” on my records in 2016. Bearing in mind it was nothing major and have had nothing since, is this anything to worry about and how do I get hold of the forms to send to my gp?
Hi Pukka12_7,

What happened in regards to your sciatica?
 
Army will be looking at my medical records soon. I'm worried because I went to the doctors nov 2019 about a tingling feeling down the back on my leg. Doctor said it could be sciatica and referred me for physio, but I never used the physio because it really wasn't that bad. I have never had it again. Will I still get a chance to join the army/ get to go to AC?
 

theoriginalphantom

MIA
Book Reviewer
Hi Pukka12_7,

What happened in regards to your sciatica?

I think the sciatica is nothing compared to a temperature below 0c, I suspect he/she has frozen to death.

Army will be looking at my medical records soon. I'm worried because I went to the doctors nov 2019 about a tingling feeling down the back on my leg. Doctor said it could be sciatica and referred me for physio, but I never used the physio because it really wasn't that bad. I have never had it again. Will I still get a chance to join the army/ get to go to AC?


depends how it was recorded, although you did fail to get any treatment for it there is a chance it'll still be 'live'

I would expect it to be flagged, cause a delay and then once investigated be OK to continue, or not.
 
I think the sciatica is nothing compared to a temperature below 0c, I suspect he/she has frozen to death.




depends how it was recorded, although you did fail to get any treatment for it there is a chance it'll still be 'live'

I would expect it to be flagged, cause a delay and then once investigated be OK to continue, or not.
Thank you for the input. I guess I'll wait and see.
 

MayfairJoe

Swinger
Hi,

Reserve soldier passed phase 1 about 15 months ago, promptly smashed ankle climbing. I’ve kept in regular contact with my training team at my unit.

I’ve got metalwork in my ankle and the injury was through the joint. At the moment I’m in no fit shape for military service and if I would fail a medical if I was to join the army from scratch in the future due to metal work.

Still waiting for a follow up surgery with NHS, but looks like when I get it, I’ll need at least another 6-9 months to recover as they will break a bone again. An NHS specialist consultant wrote me a note (just after the injury) saying I was fit for military service (...I’ve no idea why... he didn’t think I’d need the follow up surgery).

Ive been asked to attend my unit this week to give them an update (they wanted to book me
on phase 2 as they had spaces)

Should I just come clean now and ask for a discharge or try and kick the can down the road? I’m unsure if I’ll need to do the full army medical again (...which I would fail I think regardless of the outcome of this next surgery due to metal)
 

MayfairJoe

Swinger
...and also... I have a brace now which I’m using to help until surgery. Is there any chance I’ll be allowed to do phase 2 in the brace. I can run abs so everything normally in it. It’s called an exosym if you want to Google it - was developed by the military for injured soldiers. I suspect unlikely, but wondered if it might be a chance. RE reserve unit.
 
Hey there I'm looking to go for my AC soon as the army have received my medical from the GP.
The army flagged me for back pains I had in 2016 which the GP told me could be the way I sit and bad posture, I corrected my posture as well as exercised which soon saw the pain go away, however never went back to my GP so the medical admin team believe it still may not have been 'resolved'.
They said as there may an element of doubt they will proceed my application to the AC. However mentioned I could find myself medically failed due to this problem.
Should I be worried?
This happened to me with hip pain in 2016. However, mines a bit more genetic. It flagged up on my application, I appealed and they allowed me to do my selection and then I was deferred on my medical. Couldn’t do the fitness tests. I’m now on the 3rd week of waiting to hear back from giving them more information.
 
Hello all,

Medical forms sent off today for Reserves application - a few things that I'm concerned will warrant a rejection or deferral, and which the JSP950 doesn't really speak to:

1) Hip anthroscopy for labral repair, March 2017. The main concern. It's a keyhole surgery to repair torn cartilage in the hip joint (a bit like a knee meniscectomy). Fully recovered by July 2017 (with surgeon letter stating this). JSP950 only refers to current symptoms (which I don't have), or hip disease or fixation (which I didn't / don't have). It doesn't make any reference to this injury or procedure.

2) Prolapsed / slipped disc, 2011. Responded to physio after a few sessions, no symptoms since then. The episode didn't last more than 12 weeks, but it is (I guess?) "mechanical" - the JSP950 doesn't say what happens if it's below 12 weeks but mechanical.

3) Knee pain, June / July 2016. Went to physio for pain / clicking in my knee. Wasn't diagnosed with anything specific - just did some strengthening and stretching exercises and it resolved after a few sessions. JSP950 only mentions current symptoms and other specific diagnoses.

For fitness context, I'm 23, cycle 80km a week, run 3x a week and completing the 1.5 miler in 8:15, weight training 2-3x a week (heavy squats / deadlifts) and have been doing the pre-recruit PT at my local Reserves unit for a couple of months. Submitted a 5 week training diary that I've been keeping for a half marathon in September just to show I'm active and fully recovered from the above.

Thoughts on pass / defer / fail likelihood? Anyone else been through the process with similar issues?

Cheers
Did you get in?
 

DocSavage

Clanker
Hi,

Reserve soldier passed phase 1 about 15 months ago, promptly smashed ankle climbing. I’ve kept in regular contact with my training team at my unit.

I’ve got metalwork in my ankle and the injury was through the joint. At the moment I’m in no fit shape for military service and if I would fail a medical if I was to join the army from scratch in the future due to metal work.

Still waiting for a follow up surgery with NHS, but looks like when I get it, I’ll need at least another 6-9 months to recover as they will break a bone again. An NHS specialist consultant wrote me a note (just after the injury) saying I was fit for military service (...I’ve no idea why... he didn’t think I’d need the follow up surgery).

Ive been asked to attend my unit this week to give them an update (they wanted to book me
on phase 2 as they had spaces)

Should I just come clean now and ask for a discharge or try and kick the can down the road? I’m unsure if I’ll need to do the full army medical again (...which I would fail I think regardless of the outcome of this next surgery due to metal)
The metalwork itself is not an issue - it does not need to be removed to allow you to return to fitness. However, you say there is more surgery planned so it is not at the stage you would be considered fit yet. If you have passed phase 1 you should be considered still serving. You need to go through the correct process and report this to your unit. they will either want info from your civ GP or hospital specialists or they may want you to go to a med board and be assessed by a military doc.

Current hospital waiting times are excessive (up to a year) so you could be looking at 18 months to get the full benefit of any further surgery. If it is a second major operation it may be that this will push you into the unfit / P8 category. Keeping quiet about it will not change that and you need to get the correct information to people who can make decisions based on your actual injury and current status
 

Goose1991

Clanker
Hey all,

Can anyone help me with how strict the dental check is, I think I may have a little bit of gum disease, does this automatically rule me out.

Thanks
 

Fang_Farrier

LE
Kit Reviewer
Book Reviewer
Hey all,

Can anyone help me with how strict the dental check is, I think I may have a little bit of gum disease, does this automatically rule me out.

Thanks

Use a tooth brush then.
 

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