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.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!
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.
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.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
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.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.