Deemed unfit for military service -- Any way around it?

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I've been deemed unfit for military service because I have acid reflux, for which I take medication, and have prolonged -- albeit intermittent -- lower back pain. I've been told I can appeal, but if these conditions make me permanently unsuitable (and the letter from the Medical Officer says they do), what exactly can I do about it?
 

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Start a long career as a never-served poster on ARRSE. You will find much mutual support..
 
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I've been deemed unfit for military service because I have acid reflux, for which I take medication, and have prolonged -- albeit intermittent -- lower back pain. I've been told I can appeal, but if these conditions make me permanently unsuitable (and the letter from the Medical Officer says they do), what exactly can I do about it?
What Cloudbuster said
 
#7
If you have lower back pain, recurring, then it would be difficult for you to deploy & carry the required weight. We (the army) are currently medically discharging people who cannot deploy - we don't know where our next conflict will be, nor what will be required of our soldiers - the replacement of an experienced soldier (medically downgraded) with a recruit who is already medically not fully fit (and likely to get worse given the nature of our job) cannot be justified.

I'm sorry, but it looks like the Army is not the career for you.
 
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Timble -- I totally appreciate what you're saying. However, I am a trained and qualified gym instructor, as well as personal trainer, specialised in resistance training. I carry heavy weights and run long distances every day. My physical functionality hasn't been and isn't impaired by my medical conditions.
 
#9
Apart from the load carrying question, doesn't Acid Reflux require continual medication? If so then that fact on its own may bar you from entry, your only recourse would be a medical appeal (unless the MO's letter you mention was the result of the appeal?)

If it was as far as I know you have run out of options - sorry
 
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Timble -- I totally appreciate what you're saying. However, I am a trained and qualified gym instructor, as well as personal trainer, specialised in resistance training. I carry heavy weights and run long distances every day. My physical functionality hasn't been and isn't impaired by my medical conditions.
Army says different. We could all sit round and suck your cock and say "Well, they should let you in then", but the army isn't like that.

They've said no, that you can do a different job isn't relevant. A lot of us here would still be serving if it wasn't for injury and/or medical conditions - we just have to take the Army's decision as final
 
#13
Join the cadets as an adult instructor, either that or emigrate to another country where the only medical requirements are two arms, two legs, and a pulse.
 
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Timble -- I totally appreciate what you're saying. However, I am a trained and qualified gym instructor, as well as personal trainer, specialised in resistance training. I carry heavy weights and run long distances every day. My physical functionality hasn't been and isn't impaired by my medical conditions.
So you're out and about taking in the scenery with the rest of your section, your back starts giving you a bit of gyp, never mind, the section will carry your kit for you.

Gym instructor/personal trainer Walt,

Sent by semaphore whilst drinking cider.
 
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Timble -- I totally appreciate what you're saying. However, I am a trained and qualified gym instructor, as well as personal trainer, specialised in resistance training. I carry heavy weights and run long distances every day. My physical functionality hasn't been and isn't impaired by my medical conditions.
With a CV like that you look at joining the Armed forces.
 
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... My physical functionality hasn't been and isn't impaired by my medical conditions.
Well, so you claim, but
... I take medication,
One of the reasons why seemingly trivial conditions are show-stoppers is the constant need for medication. What would you do if you ran out?
and have prolonged -- albeit intermittent -- lower back pain.
I bet that stops you doing all the running and lifting you claim you can do. I have had a couple of instances of acute lower back pain, and I was barely able to carry myself, let alone do anything useful. Do you honestly think someone with a history of chronic back pain is not going to be seen as a potential liability?
... if these conditions make me permanently unsuitable (and the letter from the Medical Officer says they do)...
Permanent.
 
#19
I'm a cadet instructor and I suffer from acid reflux, but my personal diet and 10mg omeprazole control it well. But on camp, long days, cookhouse food and ration packs on exercise absolutely play havoc with it and can make me feel pretty ******* miserable. I've even had to go sick for a day or two. Maybe your acid reflux/GORD is much like mine, and the only treatment is rest and plenty of water when it flares up. Any antacids or extra omeprazole actually makes it worse as the stomach tries to compensate by making more acid. I'd be no use in the forces.

Accept it. If you can come off the medication and stay off it, then you are cured. I came off omeprazole for two months without symptoms, but then the GORD came back as bad as ever, so I'm probably on it for life now.
 

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