Medical Discharge

Is it fair to perminantly discharge a fully fit soldier? I'm currently recovering after a serous knee injury but have been warned of my position to stay in the army. my career in which i stay loyal and committed to have recently informed me that i will be discharged with little chance of re-applying after eighteen months. which i can only imagine is to cover their own backs if further injury should occour?

is this fair?

if not then what positions could i be open to within the forces?
why can you not be "Y" listed until you are fully fit again ????
Spanish_Dave said:
My advice is do not be Y (forgotten army) listed, you will be forgotten and tossed aside and eventually discharged 8O
lad i work with has just come back in to field army after 2 years away with a bad back BUT agree that they can forget about you.
Lion_rage said:
would you recommend me getting compensation? or would that jeopardise my position??
if they are going to get rid of you anyway then screw the barstewards for all you can.
haha thankyou... i'm only just turned 18 and been in just under a year so not too clued up on the way things work but cheers for your help... any more advice would be appreciated.
tommo16 said:
Second that, contact Royal british legion. They will help,advise and assist you. You could be in for a good payout with them in your corner, fighting for you!!
:( Sorry new rules since you are still in use The Armed Forces Compensation Scheme for Serving personnel and ex-Service personnel whose injuries, wounds and illnesses arose on or after 6 April 2005

Some points to ponder:

For the first time, tax-free in-service awards for injury will be paid

The scheme is designed to be administratively straightforward.

It is run by the Veterans Agency, with access to specialist medical and legal advice.

The scheme uses the “balance of probabilities” standard of proof, in line with similar schemes for civil claims.

There is a time limit to claim of 5 years from the event, when medical advice was first sought or after retirement where no particular incident caused the condition – whichever is the earliest. There is an exceptions list for late-onset conditions and discretion within the scheme for exceptional cases.

There is no regular review mechanism. Awards are, in general, full and final with provision for interim awards where the long-term prognosis is unclear and for review in exceptional cases where significant unexpected complications arise.

You should also read this it is about Pensions / compensation Medical Discharge cases and tells you the 4 Stages.

Hope this is some help
You can apply to be a non-combatant soldier however if you fancy working in the families office for the rest of your career it is pretty sh1te!!! I was offered that before I was MD. However now fully fit again, I can rejoin keeping my pension (apparently).
Thought you might like to know, Soldier Mag this month Page 9 gives details on the new "SAM" (Sickness Absence Management) which came into effect 01 Oct 06, totaly relates to your situation, Key Features as follows:

1. Everyone off work for more than 2 days will be treated the same and not designated as long term or short term sick.

2. A Representative of the Commanding Officer will visit at least once a fortnight and provide feedback on their recovery.

3. The Soldiers personal and professional development will be encouraged to ease their return to duty.

4. Resettlement agencies will be involved if the soldier is discharged.

5. Sick on Leave advice cards will be given to each soldier with information on how to mannage being ill or injured whilst off duty

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