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

#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
The4thMusketeer said:
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.
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
The4thMusketeer said:
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.
What reg are you thinking of applying?
 
#4
mr.russell said:
The4thMusketeer said:
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.
What reg are you thinking of applying?
Ah, I think he means Special Needs Forces
 
#6
The4thMusketeer said:
Special Services Regiment? 22nd SAS...if they'd accept me.
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.
 
#9
just in case you are too special to read the document in full, here is a rather important extract

3.12.2. In all cases, the first principles in determining whether a recruit with a musculoskeletal condition is fit for military service comprise the following aspects that can generally be determined by an appropriately trained medical officer following the functional assessment examination procedure:

a. Asymptomatic.

b. No deformity that interferes with function or use of “off the shelf” military equipment, i.e. any residual deformity should not prevent the use of clothing (especially gloves and boots).

c. A full range of movement.

d. Satisfactory functional assessment.

e. Inquiry about physical activity comparable with military service (see also Leaflet 1, paragraph 3.1.3.) This is especially important in the assessment of recovery from previous injury or surgery but should not be construed as a pre-selection physical fitness requirement.
 
#10
The4thMusketeer said:
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.
Just join first. You won't be taken seriously on here if you bang on about SAS.
 
#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
The4thMusketeer said:
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.
Well done on passing the integrity test.


fucking dick
 
#15
The4thMusketeer said:
Special Services Regiment? 22nd SAS...if they'd accept me.
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.
 
#16
I understand that my knowledge is limited. I am only at the stage where I am considering the armed forces as a career, and I only come here to seek advice, not to act as a hard ass wannabe.
 
#18
The4thMusketeer said:
Thanks Bravo_Zulu.

Can you take your medical assessment out of curiousity beforehand, and see if you're eligible before you even start thinking about it?
No, the medical assessment will be made once your application is underway.

As one poster has written, if you are capable of regularly running 1.5 miles in under 10 minutes before you apply, they will have to find a good reason to turn you down.

However, as has already been discussed on here elsewhere, if there is any chance that military service will damage a pre-existing condition, the Services will not recruit you.

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