Being told I cant join the army because I like guns

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I kid you not.
I applied to join the army a few months ago and I got a letter saying
Dear sir, owing to the fact that you have XXX mental condition, you're not fit to serve.
Now, what pisses me off is that these army medical chappies have only seen my medical records, they haven't seen me or done a proper examination on me...
so how can they make a judgement on my fitness to serve
my condition is something called Asperger's Syndrome btw, which manifests itself in being very very good in one particular subject
mine is guns, rifles and the army
it also manifests itself in being unable to socialise
however, with all things autistic, it doesn't apply equally to everyone.
And everyone who actually knows me can't belive it, when they read the letter, thier first reaction is
"Oh my god, what the F*** etc"
But oh well.
Rant aside, I'm also on to ask for advice
How do I get the army to rethink thier position, because I really really want to serve and there is no doubt in my mind or the minds of others that I CAN serve and I am capable...
it's just some military doctor reading some paperwork...
your thoughts people?
 
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UFF139823HE said:
I kid you not.
I applied to join the army a few months ago and I got a letter saying
Dear sir, owing to the fact that you have XXX mental condition, you're not fit to serve.
Now, what pisses me off is that these army medical chappies have only seen my medical records, they haven't seen me or done a proper examination on me...
so how can they make a judgement on my fitness to serve
my condition is something called Asperger's Syndrome btw, which manifests itself in being very very good in one particular subject
mine is guns, rifles and the army
it also manifests itself in being unable to socialise
however, with all things autistic, it doesn't apply equally to everyone.
And everyone who actually knows me can't belive it, when they read the letter, thier first reaction is
"Oh my god, what the F*** etc"
But oh well.
Rant aside, I'm also on to ask for advice
How do I get the army to rethink thier position, because I really really want to serve and there is no doubt in my mind or the minds of others that I CAN serve and I am capable...
it's just some military doctor reading some paperwork...
your thoughts people?
Im looking forward to the replies on this 8O
 
#5
Your condition is not compatible with military life. Sorry. Tough break, but there you go. Suggest you go and try something else as dwelling on this will just get you wound up.
 
#7
Asperger's Syndrome is an automatic S8 grading, so no can do. They don't need to see you; JSP 346 explicitly states that even if the candidate appears free of symptoms an S8 grading should be applied, and they have your medical records to look at. There is no appeal for this short of proving that the original diagnosis of Asperger's was incorrect.

Misleading thread title BTW; you haven't been rejected for being keen on firearms, you've been rejected for having Asperger's Syndrome.
 
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Lewis said:
Disabled *.
Would you like to explain how a reply like that is in anyway helpful, indicative of any level of understanding of the condition or serves to demonstrate a level of compassion?

It is a tough call, he will not be able to join, but certainly does not deserve that kind of response. If you can't post anything helpful, then don't post at all.




Apologies Mods, but this annoys the sh*t out of me!
 
#9
Tough call son and not a reflection on you. It could have been Asthma or a host of other things. Find yourself something else in life and throw yourself as hard at it as you would have if you'd been accepted.

And you can still do your bit by fund raising for the RBL etc.

It's a bit late so some of the answers you might get may be alchohol induced but if you have the right frame of mind - f@ck them an' all :D
 
#11
The only glimmer...and I'm loathe to raise false hopes... is that if you have been misdiagnosed.

Asperger's is not black and white and some people can be misdiagnosed particularly when young. IF you actually feel you may not actually have it there may be grounds to have yourself reassessed on civvie street and you may be able t present a clean bill of health. Note the amount of times I use may.

AND the 'medical chappies' are perfectly within their rights to say thanks but no thanks we preferred the first medical report, on your bike son.

Other then that, its as posted above.
 
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Deadreckon said:
The only glimmer...and I'm loathe to raise false hopes... is that if you have been misdiagnosed.

Asperger's is not black and white and some people can be misdiagnosed particularly when young. IF you actually feel you may not actually have it there may be grounds to have yourself reassessed on civvie street and you may be able t present a clean bill of health. Note the amount of times I use may.

AND the 'medical chappies' are perfectly within their rights to say thanks but no thanks we preferred the first medical report, on your bike son.

Other then that, its as posted above.
I'm no trick cyclist but judging from his opening post I'd say the quacks were pretty spot on. :wink:
 
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