I've been awaiting enlistment in the regulars for coming up to a year-and-a-half now, having served with the TA for two. Several months ago i fractured my metatarsal at work, and upon the cast been removed i went back to the recruitment office to inform that all i needed was a couple of months to get back to my previous fitness level, and where could i sign..only to be told new medical guidelines state a twelve month period is required for full recovery. Unfortunately, two weeks before breaking the bone, i was due to have completed my PREVIOUS years deferment (unrelated and resolved). As you can imagine, this is all rather frustrating to say the least, having to wait two years before i can enter, at the earliest. Strangely enough, i still train with the TA, the accident having no bearing on the work i do with them (and yes, keep the jokes coming ). So what i wish to know is A)is this correct, the years recovery period? the recruiting sergeant didnt seem to know his arrse from his elbow, B) is there a process of appeal, on an individual case basis, C) i am trying to get on a herric tour to fill the time and gain experience in the mean time - will this be an issue on the pre-op medical? if the stresses on the bone from basic training are too excessive, why should op's be any less? Any contacts, answers and loopholes greatly appreciated as i am slowly losing my sanity!