please could anyone help or advise me: my son aged 15 has applied to the army foundation college because he would love to have a career in the army. he has not done great at school as he is just not academically minded. he joined the local army cadets 3 years ago and it is the only place he has ever suceeded in anything. he has gone through part of the selection process at the local army careers office i.e. the barb test, the 2 mile run etc and passed all that fine- he has in the past suffered from OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder)- it really came about as a result of me and my husband's divorce- it was a really anxious and traumatic time for us all but seems to have affected him the most. he had treatment for just over a year i.e. an anti anxiety drug and some sessions with a psychiatrist to explore the relevant issues. he came off the medication a year and a half ago and has got better and better since then. he has had no more medication or contact with the psychiatrist since then and no presenting symptoms. he has gone through the ranks in cadets and received a colonel's commendation at annual camp etc- i know this is peanuts really in relation to anything to do with reality but in a small way show's his commitment and some level of potential and stability. we just had the letter back from the medical officer at lichfield today saying because of the ocd he is not fit for military service. my son is gutted as am i and his stepdad- i expected a deferral of some sort but not really a complete no. in the original medical criteria it mentioned that a person could be refused if they had ocd but not if it was quantifiable i.e. if it had been for a specific length of time. i am a civilian asking for army advice and i do not wish to impose on this discussion board because i do not belong here but i would be genuinely grateful if anyone knew of a similar case or could provide any advice on where i might go next to help my young lad. many thanks in anticipation a worried mum.