Cat Allergy affecting joining

Discussion in 'Join the Army - Regular Officer Recruiting' started by Daz Evans, May 16, 2011.

Welcome to the Army Rumour Service, ARRSE

The UK's largest and busiest UNofficial military website.

The heart of the site is the forum area, including:

  1. Hey guys,
    I recently got a letter from the army confirming that i had medical clearance to attend the AOSB briefing, but they mention they were concerned with a cat allergy.
    I was wondering how this would affect my application; they mentioned they would address the issue in the medical examination at the main board.
    Anyone know how this could affect me?
    By the way, the allergy does not cause any breathing problems or anything like that, it just makes me sneeze, running nose etc, i do not need to take them when i am not in prolonged exposure to cat fur, i don't take them when in uni and it is only cat's I’m allergic to, not dogs or anything.
  2. It'll probably affect your chances of becoming a megalomaniac super-villian later in life.
    • Like Like x 1
  3. If you're allergic to pussy i would stay away from the armed forces, and apply for a job in a sterile lab!
  4. Just ask for a posting to a regiment that does not have a Cat as a mascot! ;)

    Seriously though, it seems that because there are so many applicants for fewer and fewer positions, they are using any excuse not to take some one on and cut down on their paperwork...and this sounds like one of them to me.

    Cats are not a big feature of day to day Army life!!!..You could point that out to them!! Unless confronted by Al Cateda suicide pussy!
  5. It points to a fact that you're genetically inferior by having an allergy to anything, which could point to you having (as yet) undiscovered allergies to other things - like hard work, drill, digging, camouflage clothing etc.

    On a serious note, I would imagine it could be the fact that a cat allergy means you may have other allergies - they may run an allergy test (although this is pretty specialised) or treat it as I have heard they treat hayfever (a larger problem for the service entrant) and look at the severity and its impact. I mean who knows, they may send you to an operational area that is teaming with cats and you would be combat ineffective (sorry I slipped into ridiculousness again...).
  6. Maybe the cat allergy means you won't be suitable for the Super-Soldier breeding programme.
  7. Allergic to cats?

    Isn't that a bit freaky?
  8. Maybe the fact that you seem to be unable to finish a thought might have more bearing on your chances?

    Don't take what? Cats? {rolleyes gif here}
  9. "Cry havoc and let slip the cats of war" just doesn't have the same ring to it....
  10. Unless you're in the band!

    Attached Files:

    • Like Like x 1
  11. That’s heart breaking, there goes my lifelong ambition :/

    Sooo is that a no, i only take antihistamines which i can get over the counter, i get a prescription because they're free in Wales!
    I spoke to a sister at the medical examination board and she said it shouldn't be a problem because it doesn't affect my breathing, but as i said, just wondering if anyone else had been in a similar situation!
  12. Ok I've got good news and bad news. The good news is that you can serve with a cat allergy, the bad news is you may need to be prepared for a epic fuckaround. I joined (the TA but the medical standards are the same as the regulars) with a cat allergy, a locum doctor did my entry medical and there were no problems. However just before my two week basic training course the normal doctor returned, looked at my record and refused to sign a fitness to attend certificate. She then attempted to get me discharged. To cut a long story short I was fucked about for a year while I fought it, she might have done better if she actually read the relevant JSP, until I got sent to a chest specialist (a RAMC Colonel) who said I was fine and the bitch of a civvy MO was told to get back in her box.
  13. OldSnowy

    OldSnowy LE Moderator Book Reviewer

    Or you could do what Father Mattie Hyslop did in Father Ted - chronically allergic to cats, he used to carry a kitten around in his pocket, and take it out now and again and lick it, as penance. Should sort out your allergy sooner or later.
  14. There's only one solution if you're allergic to pussies.... apply for Queens' Own Highlanders (The Gay Gordons).