Asthma in the TA

#1
My girlfriend has just asked about joining the TA, problem is she's asthmatic. Does that mean there is no branch she can apply to?

Thanks
 
#3
#4
So if she's asthmatic theres nothing she can do? She said she'd only be particularly interested if there was chance she could go on tour..

Cheers
 
#6
Ultimately the decision will be taken by the Doctor who performs her medical - the best thing to do is go down to your local unit and ask to see the doc.

msr
 
#7
Okay from what she's just told me, it's mild and has not been hospitalised since she was two, and it's never got in the way of anything physical before. (she ran the 1500 metres at school in 14-15 minutes, and completed D of E.)
But is prescribed regular asthma medicine and doesn't often use it, she's also at cambridge uni and rows for the college rowing team

Thanks a lot for your help..


(missed it out..on a scale of 1-10 she'd give herself a 5 out of ten at the moment, which is having done not a huge amount of fitness, i'm not sure if asthma improves with fitness?)
 

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#8
confx said:
Okay from what she's just told me, it's mild and has not been hospitalised since she was two, and it's never got in the way of anything physical before. (she ran the 1500 metres at school in 14-15 minutes, and completed D of E.)
But is prescribed regular asthma medicine and doesn't often use it, she's also at cambridge uni and rows for the college rowing team

Thanks a lot for your help..


(missed it out..on a scale of 1-10 she'd give herself a 5 out of ten at the moment, which is having done not a huge amount of fitness, i'm not sure if asthma improves with fitness?)
My bold. To my mind I think that's the key. They will ask and I think this makes it a guaranteed no unfortunately.
 
#10
Can someone dig out the relevant chapter and verse on this?

I wish we had a TA doc on the forums to answer these questions.

Cheers,
msr
 
#11
Not to mention 15 minutes for less than a mile may be a problem

She's can do 1.5 miles in 15 minutes, at least i think 1500 metres is 1.5 miles?
 

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#12
The following conditions make a person unsuitable for enlistment

Asthma, wheeze or asthma symtoms (and treatment) during the previous 4 years. Chronic lung diseases (e.g Empysema, bronchiectasis and cystic fibrosis) Active tubercolosis.

Apparently. According to an AFCO 5 that I had kicking about the place.
 
#14
A question about the ACF..Do they do regular Army stuff?

For example challenging tabs, phys, firing on range, fire and manouever, field craft etc?
 
#15
confx said:
Not to mention 15 minutes for less than a mile may be a problem

She's can do 1.5 miles in 15 minutes, at least i think 1500 metres is 1.5 miles?
1,500m is roughly 0,93 miles

1 mile (stat. or "land")= 1,609m
1 Mile (nautical)=1,802m

(just from memory, anyone feel free to correct me on this...)
Cheers
 
#16
thanks for the info sixtyfootdoll, its a shame because she was very keen, also thanks to polar for the info on the run.

Would still like the ACF questions answered if possible - cheers
 
#17
DownSouth said:
confx said:
Not to mention 15 minutes for less than a mile may be a problem

She's can do 1.5 miles in 15 minutes, at least i think 1500 metres is 1.5 miles?
1,500m is roughly 0,93 miles

1 mile (stat. or "land")= 1,609m
1 Mile (nautical)=1,802m

(just from memory, anyone feel free to correct me on this...)
Cheers
yeah... What he said
 
#18
confx said:
Not to mention 15 minutes for less than a mile may be a problem

She's can do 1.5 miles in 15 minutes, at least i think 1500 metres is 1.5 miles?
thats still pish im afraid, and a fail, even if it was 1.5 miles which it isn't

is she walking
 

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#19
I'd still take Msr's advice though and get her down the local TA Centre and get it from the horse's mouth (as it were) rather than asking us. I'm certainly not a doctor and there might be some leeway.

No harm in asking (and getting her own GP onside)
 
#20
Okay, thanks very much. And no worries about the fitness, as a fine infantryman of 3pwrr myself, i shall have her doing 7 minute 1.5 miles in no time...

I'll get her to come to the tac with me tomorrow..cheers.
 

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