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Fang_Farrier

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Okay, can I just ask where it shows the max level of treatments needed for entry? I’ve been looking for more info on this and I can’t find anything

Annex M JSP950
2hours of treatment
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Hi I’m looking to join the reserves but I have a fungal nail infection on my toe nails. It doesn’t effect me wearing shoes or doing exercise or anything. I’ve had it for a long time. Will this effect my application? TIA!
 

theoriginalphantom

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Hi I’m looking to join the reserves but I have a fungal nail infection on my toe nails. It doesn’t effect me wearing shoes or doing exercise or anything. I’ve had it for a long time. Will this effect my application? TIA!


probably not, but get it treated anyway
 
⛔Medical- awaiting SSMES- time frame? ⛔
Hey guys, so i have a slight issue in my left ear, both ears are low & medium H2 standards but left ear is worse. Got unilateral high pitch frequency issues which gave me a medical deferral. I think I'll pass as its all within passable requirements but want to know the wait time on SSMES response? Thanks
 
Hi Guys,

Quick question - how many appeals are you allowed?

My appeal is currently under review by the Single Service Medical Entry Staff (SSMES). I submitted additional evidence provided by my GP as-well as some discharge letters from surgery I had confirming success. I had been trying to contact the specialist who carried out the procedure but he is now retired, so I wasn't very confident that I'd be able to get a response.

Two months after submitting what I had available, the ex surgeon has made contact and is willing to write up a report from his private notes as-well as scheduling me in with his replacement at the clinic for a post surgery assessment. Will I have the opportunity to submit further evidence if my initial appeal is rejected?

I appreciate any help regarding this query!
Hey mate, I'm sorry to say I have idea how to help you, although I wish I could and hope you managed to get accepted in the end.

You might be able to help me tho, how long was it before SSMES replied to you? I'm currently waiting and I know it's done on individual cases but I just need a rough idea of what to expect.

I appreciate it if you could tell me your wait time, be doing me a massive favour
 
Med Downgrade/Discharge-New Thread

Morning guys,
I've just been med downgraded from an existing MLD perm to MND F7 (for 6 months) ahead of a knee op. I know for a fact that MLD is the min MES for my tradegroup, so I must be looking at a potential med discharge if it goes beyond the 6th month. My question is, do you automatically a med pension if they medically discharge you?
Thanks.
 
Hi
When appealing,it says you have 31 days to appeal, does that mean you have 31 days to notify them that you will appeal,or 31 days to get all the information and scans sent over to them?.
Thanks
 
Hello, my son has his heart set on joining the army and I'm not sure he'd be accepted but haven't broken that to him yet. He has a growth hormone deficiency, so he is pretty short. This is treated with daily injections which will most likely stop once he reaches 18ish. I've had a quick look on the endocrine section of the document provided but can't see anything specific about that. As a result of this, he is a bit weaker than other kids his age as he is going through puberty later, but I don't know whether that would still be the case once he's completed puberty. He will most likely be shorter than average though. He used to do gymnastics at a fairly high level so was still very fit and agile and never had a problem with any of the conditioning or strength exercises.

He has also had some occupational therapy appointments because of his poor handwriting. He wasn't diagnosed with anything as far as I'm aware, but the therapist mentioned that she though he might have underdeveloped muscles in his hands which means they are weaker than usual. He could do all of the exercises she asked him to, such as picking up small items and tying shoelaces, but his hands look a little clumsy when he does them. It doesn't affect him in his daily life but his handwriting is pretty poor. He is in cadets and uses the air rifles (I think that's what they are?) with no issues.

He was also referred to CAMHS at the age of around 11ish before being discharged a year or so later. They didn't diagnose him with anything but gave him a course of therapy for anxiety. His consultant discussed OCD, ADHD and impulse disorder with me but specifically said that she did not want to diagnose him with anything. I'm concerned that the therapy for anxiety and even the mention of OCD or impulse disorder could be a barrier.

I think he will be absolutely gutted but needs to know sooner rather than later so he can come up with a new plan if this is a non-starter.
 

theoriginalphantom

MIA
Book Reviewer
Hello, my son has his heart set on joining the army and I'm not sure he'd be accepted but haven't broken that to him yet. He has a growth hormone deficiency, so he is pretty short. This is treated with daily injections which will most likely stop once he reaches 18ish. I've had a quick look on the endocrine section of the document provided but can't see anything specific about that. As a result of this, he is a bit weaker than other kids his age as he is going through puberty later, but I don't know whether that would still be the case once he's completed puberty. He will most likely be shorter than average though. He used to do gymnastics at a fairly high level so was still very fit and agile and never had a problem with any of the conditioning or strength exercises.

He has also had some occupational therapy appointments because of his poor handwriting. He wasn't diagnosed with anything as far as I'm aware, but the therapist mentioned that she though he might have underdeveloped muscles in his hands which means they are weaker than usual. He could do all of the exercises she asked him to, such as picking up small items and tying shoelaces, but his hands look a little clumsy when he does them. It doesn't affect him in his daily life but his handwriting is pretty poor. He is in cadets and uses the air rifles (I think that's what they are?) with no issues.

He was also referred to CAMHS at the age of around 11ish before being discharged a year or so later. They didn't diagnose him with anything but gave him a course of therapy for anxiety. His consultant discussed OCD, ADHD and impulse disorder with me but specifically said that she did not want to diagnose him with anything. I'm concerned that the therapy for anxiety and even the mention of OCD or impulse disorder could be a barrier.

I think he will be absolutely gutted but needs to know sooner rather than later so he can come up with a new plan if this is a non-starter.


There is a lot going on there, the only thing I can suggest is let him apply and see what happens.
any ongoing treatment will have to have stopped first though
 
There is a lot going on there, the only thing I can suggest is let him apply and see what happens.
any ongoing treatment will have to have stopped first though
Thanks for replying. He's only 14 at the moment so too young to apply. Is there a way to find out before officially applying? He's really set on this idea so I think he needs to know sooner rather than later so he focus on other things.
 

theoriginalphantom

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Book Reviewer
Thanks for replying. He's only 14 at the moment so too young to apply. Is there a way to find out before officially applying? He's really set on this idea so I think he needs to know sooner rather than later so he focus on other things.
I believe his main condition , the growth hormones, will have to be assessed on an individual basis. The only way really is to see where he is when he's old enough and off all treatment.
 
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