Joining after ACL Reconstruction

#1
I've been interested in joining the Army as officer for 5 years now (I am 21). I have been declined multiple times just from the first medical questionnaire because I had ACL reconstruction 5 years ago.

I have a letter from a knee specialist (who performed the surgery) stating that I am fully fit for military, however both the Army and RAF are saying it is a strict no.

I managed to get through to the physical fitness test evening and interview for University Air Squadron where I exceeded all the male requirements easily (I am female) and scored the highest in the interview. They said they desperately want me to join as I am perfectly suited for it, but they can't do anything about the medical as it is the army who enforces this rule.

My next step is to try and get contacts from high up to help me in, but I am told not to get my hopes up. Is there anything else I can do? I have tried looking for other careers similar to the military (I want a career physically challenging everyday with progressive leadership aspects and mental challenges - I want something tough) but cannot find anything. It is the military I am wanting to have a career in.
 
#2
Unless your specialist is a military specialist, they are not really going to know what the military want. They will more than likely tell you what you want to hear.

On the other hand, the Army do know what they want, and in this litigious day and age, it is not someone with a potential problem, sadly.

I feel for you, and if it was my choice, I'd give you a whirl from a keenness point of view, but you would have to sign a disclaimer beforehand!

Best of luck anyhow.
 
#4
I've been interested in joining the Army as officer for 5 years now (I am 21). I have been declined multiple times just from the first medical questionnaire because I had ACL reconstruction 5 years ago.

I have a letter from a knee specialist (who performed the surgery) stating that I am fully fit for military, however both the Army and RAF are saying it is a strict no.

I managed to get through to the physical fitness test evening and interview for University Air Squadron where I exceeded all the male requirements easily (I am female) and scored the highest in the interview. They said they desperately want me to join as I am perfectly suited for it, but they can't do anything about the medical as it is the army who enforces this rule.

My next step is to try and get contacts from high up to help me in, but I am told not to get my hopes up. Is there anything else I can do? I have tried looking for other careers similar to the military (I want a career physically challenging everyday with progressive leadership aspects and mental challenges - I want something tough) but cannot find anything. It is the military I am wanting to have a career in.



If you are likely to have any degree of success it may depend on the nature of the ACL reconstruction.

Replacement or stitching up etc
 
#5
Unless your specialist is a military specialist, they are not really going to know what the military want. They will more than likely tell you what you want to hear.

On the other hand, the Army do know what they want, and in this litigious day and age, it is not someone with a potential problem, sadly.

I feel for you, and if it was my choice, I'd give you a whirl from a keenness point of view, but you would have to sign a disclaimer beforehand!

Best of luck anyhow.
Thank you for your reply. I have read countless specialist papers on the long term effects of ACLR, most saying it is above 90% who do not have any problems 20 years on. Obviously that being with the surgery in the 90s, nowadays it should be even more effective.

I will keep trying!! Thank you ! :)
 
#8
Have you looked into a medical appeal? There's the odd story of people who got a hard medical "no" at stage 1 that successfully appealed it. If you've got specialists saying your knee should have no problems going forward it might be worth a whack.

I've got no idea how to go about making one as I never had to do it, but whoever you're dealing with should be able to point you in the right direction.
 
#9
Have you looked into a medical appeal? There's the odd story of people who got a hard medical "no" at stage 1 that successfully appealed it. If you've got specialists saying your knee should have no problems going forward it might be worth a whack.

I've got no idea how to go about making one as I never had to do it, but whoever you're dealing with should be able to point you in the right direction.
Definitely worth trying, thank you for suggesting!
 
#10
Hi all

Unsure if this is the right area - but a little help pls — does any one know of possible impending reviews on jsp950 recurrent specifically mental health changes ?

Thanks
 
#11
Hi all

Unsure if this is the right area - but a little help pls — does any one know of possible impending reviews on jsp950 recurrent specifically mental health changes ?

Thanks
its not the right place, there is a thread for all medical matters.
 

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