Army application hit a brick wall!!! Need help!!!

I originally applied to join the Household Cavalry back in December 2013. The application process was good up until I filled out the medical questionnaire. I have always had a slight peanut allergy (no more then a rash and slight swelling) and I ticked the box that asked if you had a nut allergy. From this, I was rejected. So I went down to my local careers office and told them the situation. I was told that I should appeal and back my results with test results etc. So I decided to reapply and appeal. I was initially rejected automatically rejected by email again because they had me on record. So I went down the appeal route. After getting a blood test and writing a lengthy letter of appeal I sent it off. I got an email about a month later that had a pasted paragraph in it saying that I am not eligible due to me suffering from serious anaphylaxis when in contact with peanuts. I was gutted because obviously they didn't look at my blood test results which showed I almost have no allergy to peanuts. So I went back down my careers office only to be told it wasn't in their power to do anything about my rejection. I tried the live chat but I cannot get my point across. But the worst thing is if I re-apply I will be automatically blacklisted as they have me on record. What do I do?
 

Timedun

Clanker
Unfortunately just the words almost don't have an allergy won't cut with the army anything requires specialised medical treatment will be an issue whilst on tour so they will not risk it hence no job :-(


Using Jedi mind trick
 

Timedun

Clanker
Unfortunately just the words almost don't have an allergy won't cut with the army anything requires specialised medical treatment will be an issue whilst on tour so they will not risk it hence no job :-(


Using Jedi mind trick
 
Nothing is what you do. You've appealed and have been rejected, that's it.


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I think an insufficient upside, given the current state of the recruiting system, is that it has only taken 6 months to crush your hopes.
 

chrisg46

LE
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I know its one army and all that, with the same entry requirements etc, but how about the Reserves? it might be worth asking the question at least?
 
I know its one army and all that, with the same entry requirements etc, but how about the Reserves? it might be worth asking the question at least?
Same entry requirements.


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Join another service, and on their application, don't mention the allergy if it's not that bad. If you can eat a peanut without dying, 'traces' of it in some food isn't going to do much at all.

Probably not the answer you wanted, but still definitely an option, and in one of the other services you might actually get to go to a foreign country past 2015.

Good luck!
 
Maybe go down the careers centre with a bag of peanuts

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Brotherton Lad

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Similar case with one of my children. Filled in the medical questionnaire honestly and mentioned a possible allergy ( a bit of a rash once, as a child). Computer says 'No' and rejected the application with a reference to serious allergies. Tried the old common sense 'Come on, it was just the once and over 10 years ago'. No luck.

Eventually had to get the GP to write and say the same thing. Application now continuing, only taken a year. Still, there's no rush.

Not saying this applies to the OP's case, but the system, as it was then, couldn't tell the difference between serious reasons for saying 'No' and thinking 'OK, this one needs a closer, professional look'. I understand things have been addressed since.
 
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You need to neck a bag of mixed nuts on video - let us see the result.
 

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