Defferred from regs.

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  1. Hi long story short. I applied to join the regs. in July 07 and this morning got a letter from the SMO at Pirbright, I have been defferred until mid 09
    as I need to prove that I am not depressed and am not suffering from any synptoms blah blah blah. Me being the stupid **** that I am went to the doc. I was thinking about not going and just going to apply for the Army, which with hindsight I should have ******* done.

    So on the letter from the SMO I need to provide evidence of stability and achievements in my life. I am thinking about joining the TA, im 19 1/2 years old and I have already wasted 3 1/2 years since leaving school doing sweet **** all and I dont want to waste any more time doing nothing, i'm my grandfathers carer at the moment that was the reason I went to the Gp about depression, if that's relevant . I want to be a soldier pref. Infantry PWRR and was just wondering whether or not the TA at the moment would be a good idea to join?

    Thanks for any help.
  2. msr

    msr LE

    The medical standards for the TA are the same as those for the regs.

    The best thing to do is to phone up your local unit and drop in for a chat.

  3. Don't see why not, provided you are of course not actually depressed ;)

    Although its worth bearing in mind they're looking for stability, so if you join and then drop out after a while it won't look too good (and with the introduction of TRHA they will know you were in the TA for a while).

    As MSR said the depression will be an issue, we had a chap tried to join us and he declared his depression during his teenage years, the CMO (doctor doing medicals) referred him to a military specialist, whom he saw and had a chat about it. Prvodied you can prove you're not going to slit your wrists with your bayonet (ie by talking to the specialist) I imagine you'll be fine
  4. Thanks, thats the thing my Gp refferred me to a mental health nurse, and on his assessment it states 'Darren is not depressed, he just see's himslef as being depressed, this can be attributed to him being bored and being his grandfathers carer' I haven't received / been prescribed any medication. My Gp has said that I am well / not depressed.

    I understand there looking for stability, thats why I am thinking about the TA to help keep myself motivated and to help with my fitness etc. This is what I have always wanted to do and at the end of the day I'm willing to do anything to achieve that dream.

    Guess there is only one way to find out and thats to join.

    Thank you for the help
  5. Crack on then, get down the TA see what they say and if all goes well join.
    this will hold you in good stead for the regs
  6. you can join-up any time over the next ten years.

    IMHO, I propose that you try the TA and/or try something else.

    It will give you a break from caring ...and allow you to build up a credible background that will impress the SMO when you apply again.

    good luck - and well done for having the balls to care for your grandad :)
  7. The other thing you could do is get your GP and Specialist to write an appeals letter to the SMO giving further expert opinions. It might come back as the same answer but at least you will know (I have known deciions been overturned with more expert advice). In the mean time if the TA give the same answer which they might why dont you speak to the ACF and see if you can become an adult instructor or local Youth club as a all helps.
  8. Word of warning, we had a similar(ish) case of someone who was deffered and tunred up, we were happy with them, was honest about why they failed and we sent them on a medical to which they passed


    Now we are all one army and all that and because they had failed a medical, the system would enlist them.

    We are currently fighting it and the person has a letter (like stated above) saying that it was in the past and they are alright, but we will have to wait and see
  9. Once you get in don't accept any courses at Deepcut