Discussion in 'Army Reserve' started by chrisj, Mar 16, 2005.

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  1. Hi,

    Was in the early stages of TA recruitment, when my doctor half diagnosed me with either Crohns or Ulcertaive Colitis (waiting for another visit to the specialist). I'm assuming that actively suffering from these would immediatly bar me from entry?

    What about once the Crohns/UC has entered remission, am I still prevented from joining?

    Many thanks if you could clarify
  2. msr

    msr LE

    1) Yes

    2) I think so, as there is no cure for this, but the unit to which you are applying should be able to tell you.

  3. Soldier_Why

    Soldier_Why LE Moderator

    Unfortunately it will bar you from ever joining mate. It is a chronic, debilatating illness and as MSR has stated there is currently no know cure.

    How do I know this? I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in 1990 (initially thought to be Crohns) and the best you can hope for is that firstly it isn't Crohns and secondly that you get the right balance of medication fairly quickly.

    I was serving at the time though (and still am) - they won't kick you out for having it but they certainly won't recruit you if you have.

    I deeply empathise with you bud in what must be a fairly trying time for you. If you feel you need to talk with someone in the same situation then please do not hesitate to PM me.
  4. BuggerAll

    BuggerAll LE Reviewer Book Reviewer

    You may not be able to join the TA, but you may be able to join the ACF as an instructor.

    I know af a number of people who have not been able to join the TA for a variety of reasons but who have very fulfilling 'careers' with the cadets. Its good for them. its good for the nation and its good for you.