Am I eligible to join; is it worth it considering?

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  1. I'm soon coming up to the age where I can legally serve in the British Armed Forces, but...I have a once serious, and now mild, medical problem.

    I suffer(ed) from something called Perthes disease caused by osteonecrosis of the hip. This caused my hip ball joint to deteriate and fragement around the edges. Luckily this happened when I was about 4 or 5 and was treated quickly. My current condition is classed as "Healed Perthes", but is still being monitored by a consultant.

    These days it has no real adverse effects. I get mild pain in it occasionally after a lot of physical activity, but this pain only comes in the night, or when I am resting, and quickly fades when I start to move the joint.

    I personally believe, although it limits the amount my hip can rotate (almost NOTHING in comparison to my healthy hip these days), I can pass training. The only thing I am worried about is that this condition causes me to be barred from the military.

    Also to add; If I found myself eligible to enter the regular forces, would it stop me moving up into the special forces? Assuming I could pass training, would this stop me?

    Cheers for any help on this, I want to be sure I'm doing the right thing.
  2. In the "sticky" section at the top of this forum you will find links to the documents describing the medical requirements for regular or reserve service. Your condition sounds very unusual so would probably be assessed on an individual basis. Read the linked documents and if that doesn't answer the question just apply and get a medical.

    Good luck!
  3. What reg are you thinking of applying?
  4. Ah, I think he means Special Needs Forces
  5. Special Services Regiment? 22nd SAS...if they'd accept me.
  6. I think you'd have to apply in writing.

    They still haven't replyed to me so I think thats why I've got to do basic training first.
  7. Very bad WAH, going on that last post :roll:
  8. 22nd SAS require a minmum 3 years of regular army service before you can apply. I think you can apply directly to the 21st and 23rd though, although i'm unsure.
  9. just in case you are too special to read the document in full, here is a rather important extract

  10. Just join first. You won't be taken seriously on here if you bang on about SAS.
  11. I love it when you are being all masterful phantom!
  12. Is there a posisbility of not mentioning it on my medicals at all? Will they check, as it's on my official records somewhere or other I think?

    I just checked the official requirements and perthes disease gets an automatic L8 grading unless there is no visible abnormality on the X-Ray (there almost ALWAYS is for all ex perthes sufferers) who are considered for a referral for a specialist assessment.
  13. Well done on passing the integrity test.

    fucking dick
  14. The Wah is weak in this one.
  15. Oh dear...someone hasn't done much research.

    Special Service Regiments haven't existed since the second world war. There is the Special Reconnaissance Regiment (SRR), which is slightly different (clue's in the name).

    People know who the SAS are without the "22nd" part. They don't tend to hold recruits who immediately express the desire to join the latter in particularly high regard. Join up, become a corporal, then think about it; not till then.

    Medical-wise, you'll need to talk to someone in the know, not Barry the Sapper on arrse. Conditions, especially rare ones or those with mitigating cirumstances are decided on an individual basis; the personal experiences of Barry the Sapper's mate's half-cousin five times removed are likely to be of little relevance.
    Having said that, if you go to a medical capable of doing the mile and a half in nine minutes, they might have a harder job proving that your condition is incompatible with military service.

    Good luck.