Couple of Questions

#1
Hi arrse, i'm 18, from the South East and have started my application process. So far I have done my BARB, literacy and numeracy tests (doing well in each) and am just working on getting my medical form filled out by my GP (appointment monday).

I have a couple of questions though, both which haven't really been answered (at least in full) after me using the search function.

Firstly, is it rumour or hard FACT that a broken bone delays the process by exactly a year? I broke my jaw and sprained/broke my collarbone (can't remember) at the beginning of July this year. For the record, i've healed up perfectly and am doing the fitness tests well.

Secondly, I was burnt earlier in the year (months ago) from a firework accident (fireworks not secured properly, fell over and fired into the crowd). It's healed up pretty well, but i remain with a patch of excema on my back. I've just started using a cream that is fuckin magic and healing it up good, however at this current moment it's on the bad side of things (for being excema). If i can stop fuckin scratching it, it should clear up latest in a month, but i'm struggling slightly. Big deal or not?

Thirdly, what is dental practise like in the army? Is it about what you'd expect from an army or is it actually alright? My teeth have "passed the requirements" from medical, however I have a few slight problem. I have a fake tooth. Initially, while there was no tooth, the dentist had ran out of supplies to put the fake one in so he put a temporary one in for a few months until i got it done properly. It felt normal. While riding a motorbike, i pulled off my gloves with my teeth and it flew out lol. He put another temporary one it, again it felt fine. After he put the proper fake tooth in, it never felt like it was positioned in properly. Always weird. It also feels like i could pull it out if i tried hard enough or bit something hard enough. By the way, it's my front, right incisor. I am looking to get this replaced, but not in any rush to do so (i've had it over a year and can last a while longer). Secondly, a couple of teeth in my bottom row are out of place/slightly pushed back behind others (one is very slightly chipped) from being on the receiving end of a few punches. Again, it's nothing too major, but it's ******* annoying and I would like to get them sorted out somewhere down the line.

Thirdly, what is after the barb/medical tests, it is the interview right?

I know most of these questions are stupid & should be asked to my recruiter but I lost the phone number and i can't get down there for the next few days. Also, sorry for the lifestory lol.

Replies appreciated/
 
#2
Hi arrse, i'm 18, from the South East and have started my application process. So far I have done my BARB, literacy and numeracy tests (doing well in each) and am just working on getting my medical form filled out by my GP (appointment monday).

I have a couple of questions though, both which haven't really been answered (at least in full) after me using the search function.

Firstly, is it rumour or hard FACT that a broken bone delays the process by exactly a year? I broke my jaw and sprained/broke my collarbone (can't remember) at the beginning of July this year. For the record, i've healed up perfectly and am doing the fitness tests well.

Secondly, I was burnt earlier in the year (months ago) from a firework accident (fireworks not secured properly, fell over and fired into the crowd). It's healed up pretty well, but i remain with a patch of excema on my back. I've just started using a cream that is fuckin magic and healing it up good, however at this current moment it's on the bad side of things (for being excema). If i can stop fuckin scratching it, it should clear up latest in a month, but i'm struggling slightly. Big deal or not?

Thirdly, what is dental practise like in the army? Is it about what you'd expect from an army or is it actually alright? My teeth have "passed the requirements" from medical, however I have a few slight problem. I have a fake tooth. Initially, while there was no tooth, the dentist had ran out of supplies to put the fake one in so he put a temporary one in for a few months until i got it done properly. It felt normal. While riding a motorbike, i pulled off my gloves with my teeth and it flew out lol. He put another temporary one it, again it felt fine. After he put the proper fake tooth in, it never felt like it was positioned in properly. Always weird. It also feels like i could pull it out if i tried hard enough or bit something hard enough. By the way, it's my front, right incisor. I am looking to get this replaced, but not in any rush to do so (i've had it over a year and can last a while longer). Secondly, a couple of teeth in my bottom row are out of place/slightly pushed back behind others (one is very slightly chipped) from being on the receiving end of a few punches. Again, it's nothing too major, but it's ******* annoying and I would like to get them sorted out somewhere down the line.

Thirdly, what is after the barb/medical tests, it is the interview right?

I know most of these questions are stupid & should be asked to my recruiter but I lost the phone number and i can't get down there for the next few days. Also, sorry for the lifestory lol.

Replies appreciated/
First off mate, well done for wanting to join up! its a career I probably should have stuck out for a bit but hey.

second, no one here will be qualified to tell you regards medical problems etc. Just wait out for your service medical, good luck.

third, you are pretty banged up for an 18 year old. Well done!!!
 
#3
First off mate, well done for wanting to join up!
Yeah thanks buddy i guess i've only just taken the first steps toward everything, but i'll get there eventually.

no one here will be qualified to tell you regards medical problems etc. Just wait out for your service medical
Okay, well i guess that help out anyway so again thanks. What about the broken bones thing though, it isn't a fact then more of a rumour?

third, you are pretty banged up for an 18 year old. Well done!!!
:eye: really means a lot
 
#4
Yeah thanks buddy i guess i've only just taken the first steps toward everything, but i'll get there eventually.



Okay, well i guess that help out anyway so again thanks. What about the broken bones thing though, it isn't a fact then more of a rumour?



:eye: really means a lot
your welcome mate

just a rumour as far as im aware, don't worry about it and it won't be worth mentioning to your recruiter/medic. Your healthy
 
#5
From everyone I've ever heard from who's broken a bone and is joining the army (surprising how many that is) they've all said it's 1 year from when it had healed, but you should just ask your recruiter and be honest about it all, end of the day don't report it they will catch you out whether it's now or on day 2 at phase 1 when they get your meds.
 
#6
Just as an opinion :),even though you will get some replies here, but your recruiter is the best to ask,at list you will get exact info,however I am not sure if is good or not to mention things,but as from my own experience ,my recruiter is a top 10 sgt. I will never go there hiding something, because I always had the impression that he was there to help me on my recruiting process ,and if is something that needs mentioning then he could advise you what to do, ...you know after my own experience I am sure I could say that this guys are not there to fail you ,but to help ,so imagine hiding something and who knows ....,they might found about it latter ..how will that look on you ...I will advise you to be honest ,but then again is up to you ,and... you could google it :) if you really want to find the phone number ,however is best to speak in person about this,so all the best to you and good luck :)
 
#7
From everyone I've ever heard from who's broken a bone and is joining the army (surprising how many that is) they've all said it's 1 year from when it had healed, but you should just ask your recruiter and be honest about it all, end of the day don't report it they will catch you out whether it's now or on day 2 at phase 1 when they get your meds.
Feck. Thanks for that, not all those people you know could be wrong (unless they're all from the same area as you and it's just 1 seargant that adheres to that rule (which i highly doubt)), so thanks for that. Still, by the time i get to Phase 1 probably would have been a year (almost 5 months ago already, could easy take 7 months right). Sorted?

Just as an opinion :),even though you will get some replies here, but your recruiter is the best to ask,at list you will get exact info,however I am not sure if is good or not to mention things,but as from my own experience ,my recruiter is a top 10 sgt. I will never go there hiding something, because I always had the impression that he was there to help me on my recruiting process ,and if is something that needs mentioning then he could advise you what to do, ...you know after my own experience I am sure I could say that this guys are not there to fail you ,but to help ,so imagine hiding something and who knows ....,they might found about it latter ..how will that look on you ...I will advise you to be honest ,but then again is up to you ,and... you could google it :) if you really want to find the phone number ,however is best to speak in person about this,so all the best to you and good luck :)
Yeah good advice mate, I'd never hide anything either. Can do a lot more harm than it can do good. In fact it was actually only today I read on arrse about the broken-bones-equals-bar-for-1-year thing. Still, i gotta fill it out on the medical forms anyway so I can't really hide it. I guess if it was a big deal the recruiting officer would have already asked though? Not a problem anyway, i'll bring it up next time i pay him a visit.

Thanks for the help so far everyone, anyone else that wants to answer the questions that aint yet been answered/confirm existing answers?
 
#8
Hi,regarding your second question,teeth problem...I thought you could only have 2 missing ,but I stand to be corrected,however at the ADCS ,the doctor only had a quick look and asked few question that's was all.I don't know if in phase 2 you go thru more check up,maybe someone here could confirm this ...I wont really worry about this to much !
 
#9
Hi,regarding your second question,teeth problem...I thought you could only have 2 missing ,but I stand to be corrected,however at the ADCS ,the doctor only had a quick look and asked few question that's was all.I don't know if in phase 2 you go thru more check up,maybe someone here could confirm this ...I wont really worry about this to much !
The Army took 4 of mine out, (wisdom teeth, 1 in Belize, 3 in the UK) so i guess you can have more missing.
 
#10
hey sammie,do you think that maybe now they set some new rules?They don't say how many extra you could have missing after joining or after training :) but, I did understand that when joining you should not have more then 2 missing!? But who knows, it might not actually matter,I know I had to put this ,in my med forms , so why would they ask then?
 
#11
Hi,regarding your second question,teeth problem...I thought you could only have 2 missing ,but I stand to be corrected,however at the ADCS ,the doctor only had a quick look and asked few question that's was all.I don't know if in phase 2 you go thru more check up,maybe someone here could confirm this ...I wont really worry about this to much !
Do you mean actually missing or replaced? Cause I've got 0 missing and only 1 replaced, so it shouldn't be a problem either way. Anyway thanks for your answer :)

The Army took 4 of mine out, (wisdom teeth, 1 in Belize, 3 in the UK) so i guess you can have more missing.
Ah okay it's always good to hear personal stories related to my questions, helps clear things up, thanks!
 
#12
hey sammie,do you think that maybe now they set some new rules?They don't say how many extra you could have missing after joining or after training :) but, I did understand that when joining you should not have more then 2 missing!? But who knows, it might not actually matter,I know I had to put this ,in my med forms , so why would they ask then?
I have no idea, i know i had one tooth missing, (taken out at age 10 to make room for my front lower 4 teeth) and one crowned front tooth, and no wisdom teeth as yet. at 17, a wisdom tooth came through when in Belize, and the dentist struggled so much to remove, it, but managed to. 4 months later back in the UK, i had to report to a hospital, and they knocked me out, and removed the other 3 wisdom teeth before they broke through. maybe it all depends on what they are missing for? the one removed to make room for my 4 lower front teeth was because i have a small lower jaw and it is set to far back.
 
#13
Little update - got all my medical forms filled out by the GP today. Will call up tommorow morning and get an appointment with my recruitment officer. One step closer to army life :)

Anyone else want to throw in some answers to some of my questions?

Thanks
 
#14
Little update - got all my medical forms filled out by the GP today. Will call up tommorow morning and get an appointment with my recruitment officer. One step closer to army life :)

Anyone else want to throw in some answers to some of my questions?

Thanks
nice one I hope that all works out for you, did you ask your recruiter about the deferral period after a broken bone?
 
#15
I had 4 teeth missing (pre-molars) when I joined up, mind you that was a looooong time ago! Army also took another 4 (wisdom teeth)!
 
#16
nice one I hope that all works out for you, did you ask your recruiter about the deferral period after a broken bone?
Thanks, and no. I should be going along tomorrow though so i'll ask then, and then update this thread for anyone else with the same concerns.

I had 4 teeth missing (pre-molars) when I joined up, mind you that was a looooong time ago! Army also took another 4 (wisdom teeth)!
That's quite a lot, musta been giving you a lotta grief! I dont (think) i have wisdom teeth at the moment so at least that ain't a worry for me (for the moment anyway lol).

Out of interest, are many of you guys from the south east (kent) or am i on my own?
 
#17
Firstly, is it rumour or hard FACT that a broken bone delays the process by exactly a year? I broke my jaw and sprained/broke my collarbone (can't remember) at the beginning of July this year. For the record, i've healed up perfectly and am doing the fitness tests well.



Alright mate,i think it's definitely a year deferral for a broken bone,the medical team wont pass your medical documents until a year is up.Am just speaking from experience as it happened to me last year.
Just wait out and see what happens.Best of luck to you.
 
#18
Hi arrse, i'm 18, from the South East and have started my application process. So far I have done my BARB, literacy and numeracy tests (doing well in each) and am just working on getting my medical form filled out by my GP (appointment monday).

I have a couple of questions though, both which haven't really been answered (at least in full) after me using the search function.

Firstly, is it rumour or hard FACT that a broken bone delays the process by exactly a year? I broke my jaw and sprained/broke my collarbone (can't remember) at the beginning of July this year. For the record, i've healed up perfectly and am doing the fitness tests well.

Secondly, I was burnt earlier in the year (months ago) from a firework accident (fireworks not secured properly, fell over and fired into the crowd). It's healed up pretty well, but i remain with a patch of excema on my back. I've just started using a cream that is fuckin magic and healing it up good, however at this current moment it's on the bad side of things (for being excema). If i can stop fuckin scratching it, it should clear up latest in a month, but i'm struggling slightly. Big deal or not?

Thirdly, what is dental practise like in the army? Is it about what you'd expect from an army or is it actually alright? My teeth have "passed the requirements" from medical, however I have a few slight problem. I have a fake tooth. Initially, while there was no tooth, the dentist had ran out of supplies to put the fake one in so he put a temporary one in for a few months until i got it done properly. It felt normal. While riding a motorbike, i pulled off my gloves with my teeth and it flew out lol. He put another temporary one it, again it felt fine. After he put the proper fake tooth in, it never felt like it was positioned in properly. Always weird. It also feels like i could pull it out if i tried hard enough or bit something hard enough. By the way, it's my front, right incisor. I am looking to get this replaced, but not in any rush to do so (i've had it over a year and can last a while longer). Secondly, a couple of teeth in my bottom row are out of place/slightly pushed back behind others (one is very slightly chipped) from being on the receiving end of a few punches. Again, it's nothing too major, but it's ******* annoying and I would like to get them sorted out somewhere down the line.

Thirdly, what is after the barb/medical tests, it is the interview right?

I know most of these questions are stupid & should be asked to my recruiter but I lost the phone number and i can't get down there for the next few days. Also, sorry for the lifestory lol.

Replies appreciated/
An unusual post for a newbie here on arrse. Your post is lucid, logical, reasonably well written and a good read. As for the answers to your questions... I haven't a ******* clue. But you have a choice here: if they ask you about broken bones and stuff, don't lie. Just say that you have no probs and have healed well (saying that they were merely a minor irritation will go down well). Tell your doctor who is filling out your medical forms that it is very important to you to have as good a medical profile as possible - he will be able to put a slant on things, but the medico who reads it will take note and if he goes by the book.... Well all is not lost, with your attitude, you will probably be asked to come back later. If he is sympathetic he will turn a Nelsonian eye. Good luck!

Oh, and don't use the expression "lol" except in private correspondence with people who know you, as it marks you as a person lacking in communication skills due to cerebral shrinkage through cellular phone exposure.
 
#19
An unusual post for a newbie here on arrse. Your post is lucid, logical, reasonably well written and a good read
Thanks, after re-reading my original post just now however, it turns out it could have done with a bit of a proof read before I clicked the "Post Thread" button - but never mind.

As for the answers to your questions... I haven't a ******* clue. But you have a choice here: if they ask you about broken bones and stuff, don't lie. Just say that you have no probs and have healed well (saying that they were merely a minor irritation will go down well). Tell your doctor who is filling out your medical forms that it is very important to you to have as good a medical profile as possible - he will be able to put a slant on things, but the medico who reads it will take note and if he goes by the book.... Well all is not lost, with your attitude, you will probably be asked to come back later. If he is sympathetic he will turn a Nelsonian eye. Good luck!
Great! That's probably the most helpful advice I've received so far, so big thanks for that. I'll make another trip back to my GP and ask if he can do just as you have described. (To be honest it wouldn't even be that far of a stretch as the injuries where only a minor inconvenience at the time, and now, 5 months later; I'm in peak physical condition.)

Oh, and don't use the expression "lol" except in private correspondence with people who know you, as it marks you as a person lacking in communication skills due to cerebral shrinkage through cellular phone exposure.
Hahaha! Okay buddy I got that :)

Thanks again for your reply.
 
#20
You'll get a dental inspection in your first week of Phase 1. You'll only be offered treatment to make you dentally fit (no cavities) in Phase 1 and 2. When you are in your unit, call in the dental centre to discuss your dental issues. There is no barrier to joining with poor teeth or gaps.
 

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