Entering with metalwork still in place

Discussion in 'Health and Fitness' started by mcguire86, Dec 13, 2007.

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  1. I am at the stage of sending off my medical part for enlistment with the Army.
    Four years ago I broke my knee and had two small pins put in which I was told would remain for life as they won't cause any problems and it saves the whole rehab period of taking them out.
    I read on the Army website that metal infixation may bar you from entry.
    I was told by the Army helpline that these are guidlines that can be broken depending on the nature of the condition.
    My uncle who is an ex-para obtained metal work within his knees during his service and they allowed him to carry on serving. He also gave me a newspaper cutting of two lads from 3 para who have been cleared as medically fit to serve back on the front line with artifitual legs having both lost a leg in action.

    So my main question here is really looking for advice not a definate answer. As to has anyone been cleared for their medical with metal work within them? Or have they heard of anyone who has?

    Thanks for any responses.
  2. Are you sure thats right?
  3. Good on the lads!
  4. Wow thats a brilliant story. I would never have guessed you could get cleared for service with a prosthetic leg!

  5. I think i read somewhere (wasnt michael yon was it?) that theres a fiar few yank amputees out in iraq as well , nothing but respect from my end anyway :clap:
  6. I have so much respect for those people and it makes me proud to be British with stories of courage like that.

    But back to the the original topic this does support my case that there shouldn't be no problem for being passed medically fit to join the Army with a metal pin in my knee if they are letting people on the front line with prosthetic legs! (this isn't meant to sound dis-respectful in anyway).
  7. Dunno about that but I can tell you that my mate had crumbling back plates and in the future years will need metal discs put in there, and his dad needed the same during entry, and he still gone in, and he also had dodgey knee's so hey ho, good luck anyway.
  8. i broke my elbow off aged 14 and have two pins and wires in my elbow still (now 26) i had to go to london to see a specialist at 16 before i went to bassingbourne for basic but it wasnt a drama. he had a look, checked the range of movement, made me do a few press ups, pull ups etc and he was happy...if your knees good then i shouldnt worry about it...they might ask you to see a specialist but it should just be a formality for u as it was for me...good luck :D
  9. A few short points.

    1. The rules for getting in and staying in are very different. A few years ago an amputee was allowed to go through basic training as he could run his BFT. However, I think he probably didn't go into the teeth arms. People injured during service are retained if they can be used and be effective in some role. The Army generally does not wish to enlist people with medical problems (although we are very short of people).

    2. Get someone to check the PULHHEEMS Pamphlet for you. I think that should cover it.

    3. You should perhaps ask this question in the Professionally Qualified, RAMC and QARANC forum. You may get a more detailed answer there.

    4. Are you fit and problem free? If you knee is without pain and with a full range of movement then you should be OK. If these pins and/or the original injury are going to plague you during your service then I suggest that you may wish to be honest with yourself now to prevent disappointment later. If you can run 5 miles and play football and rugby without pain you may be OK.
  10. Is this true? I wouldn't have thought an amputee would be allowed in the army regardless of whether he could pass a BFT/PFT.
  11. I recall seeing an article in one of the tabloids about a young chap who had a lower leg missing but could run satisfactorily. I think this was published in the mid-1990s but cannot recall when. I seem to recall that he joined the AGC or something similar. I wouldn't be so cynical as to say that it was a publicity stunt but the fact that it was published indicates that the Army was happy to let the message out.

    Don't forget, the wider employment of females only happened after the Cold War had ended and was more linked to MARILYN than legal equality. The Army always needs recruits.
  12. thought this was about blow jobs with tooth braces...............
  13. TBH, they probably won't know.

    Selection Centres medics/docs are all civis, ask at an ACIO.
  14. Or some of them may do, them being the Army's doctors.......

    It had previously been an automatic bar - as other guys have pointed out, injuries sustained in service alter your PULHHEEMS but you wouldn't necessarily get in with them.

    Apply, and you will likely be sent to see the consultant advisor in orthopaedics who can look at your films and do some functional assessment.

    BTG (Bone & joint enthusiast)