Dyslexia in Mil

Discussion in 'The Training Wing' started by ShovelRE, May 25, 2010.

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  1. Bit of advice if possible... Shovel Junior is serving, and is currently on a reasonably technical course. To be honest, he's never been cut out to be a brain surgeon, but has worked hard and put in a lot of effort to get where he is now. Trouble is, he's really struggling on the paperwork side of things at the minute, has no trouble at all explaining / demonstrating the skills. It's at the point now where he's getting really down and frustrated with it, and I've had to broach the subject with Mrs Shovel that perhaps he was dyslexic, and she was thinking the same thing. I've searched the site, and not a great amount of info on this. Can he still serve if diagnosed? Is there any assistance he can get? I know in civvy world, dyslexics can take exams / tests orally, does mil do this?
    If he should come clean, who to, (without crashing his career and getting the p*sh ripped right out of him)? We had some guys back in the mists of time who were also undoubtedly dyslexic, but were just treated as planks. Have to say, I did same, just regretting it now that it appears to be coming to my door.
    Any assistance appreciated folks.
     
  2. Yes he is still able to serve.

    Just had to arrange for one of my WO2 to get support whilst in theater. The support came from the ETS

    May be worth him tipping his hat to them as well as his CoC to explain his problems and issues.

    Its all duty of care now and the help and support is out there
     
  3. I served with a few guys with dyslexia. We had far better things to rip the pish out of them for so not being able to spell was hardly an issue.

    I'm not sure if there is any dispensation for soldiers with can'tspelldisease when on courses/taking exams etc, but as far as I'm aware the Army has never been a real stickler for correct grammar/spelling
     
  4. Can't speak for his trade, but dyslexia is no bar to serving and was diagnosed in service because I sought it out simply because I'd always had an incling and wanted to know. I've got it, though admitedly at the milder end of the spectrum. Needs to speak to the education officer and get something set up to be tested. Shouldn't affect his career in any way as it certainly hasn't had any effect upon mine. The only question really is can he do the job even if he has to recieve some support through training. Help in exams usually comes in form of extra time, though computer equipment can be supplied for studying.

    Not a definitive answer I know as I cant speak for his trade but he should definatly not be put off coming forward, it can only help.
     
  5. What he needs to do is see the Basic Skills Development Manager (BSDM) at his local Education Centre. These are civilian basic skills specialist who are trained to recognise the most common learning disorders including dyslexic tendencies (dyslexia is very complex). Solutions can be tailored to the individual and support can be given and transferred between centres as the soldier moves around. Most larger units will have mentors, NCOs mostly, who are trained to give on hand support to learners. What he must not do is struggle on. Noone will think badly of him for getting help-the Education Centre will not discuss his situation with anyone else anyway and there are many many people in the same situation-of all ranks, capbadges and backgrounds.
     
  6. Negligent-Discharge

    Negligent-Discharge LE Book Reviewer

    Pete was a complete cnut as a Private, but superb in the field. We then recommended him as Lance-Jack and he blossomed. His dyslexia was appalling, but with promotion got confidence and status. Top man....

    The Scarey One's dyslexic, but a lovely Missus, good mate and intelligent.

    Anyhow's... who was the cnut that decided dyslexia should be spelt like that? And who decided abbreviation should also be spelt like that?