Missing Fingers

#1
Just a quick question, forgot to ask on my medical. I'm doing an engineering degree with a lot of agricultural and heavy machines, and there's a fair chance I'll lose a finger or two. Can I still join up if I've lost my little or ring finger? I'm guessing losing trigger or index finger is a no no.
 
#2
I lost my ring finger jumping of a waggon, BMH iserlohn sorted it out , soldier on. Two other blokes in my sqn had fingers missing so its not a big deal as far as the army is concerned. no trigger fingers though. obviously try not to loose one in the first place though ! one of them was a little finger too.
 
#3
Officers must have all ten fingers on joining.

The ability to count to ten is held in high regard in the Officer's Mess.

(Or just be fcuking careful with the chainsaws.... I mean FFS you're planning which fingers to lose!)
 
#5
The MoD are actively encouraging those with missing digits to join the army at present as it reduces the cost of compensation claims when they later have you blown up.
 
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#6
Off the top of my head, thumb + trigger finger must be present, the rest is on merit (will equipment work without modification, will hand usage efficiency be reduced etc). It's all in the 'Medical docs - joining up' info in the Regular Soldier Recruitment forum sticky.
 
#7
Off the top of my head, thumb + trigger finger must be present, the rest is on merit (will equipment work without modification, will hand usage efficiency be reduced etc). It's all in the 'Medical docs - joining up' info in the Regular Soldier Recruitment forum sticky.
You'd look silly without the top of your head being present, or an extra in a Hannibal Lecter film.
 
#8
I lost my ring finger jumping of a waggon, BMH iserlohn sorted it out , soldier on. Two other blokes in my sqn had fingers missing so its not a big deal as far as the army is concerned. no trigger fingers though. obviously try not to loose one in the first place though ! one of them was a little finger too.
There is a difference between getting injuries in service and joining up with them.
 
#9
Ring finger seems to be a popular one to lose - Wedding ring catching on the tailgate of a bedford, happened to a couple of of guys in my regt. Teach em that they're better of divorced!
 
#10
Officers must have all ten fingers on joining.

The ability to count to ten is held in high regard in the Officer's Mess.

(Or just be fcuking careful with the chainsaws.... I mean FFS you're planning which fingers to lose!)
If using a chainsaw be sure to use a US manufactured one with the obligitory sticker: "Warning! Do not attempt to stop the blade with hands or genitals!"
 
#12
What i meant was the Army aren't, or didn't seem to be that bothered, it isn't that much of a handicap. so joining up shouldn't be to difficult as long as function is not too impaired.
What I meant was there are plenty of injured people in the army that if they had that injury upon joining up never would have got in.
 
#15
What I meant was there are plenty of injured people in the army that if they had that injury upon joining up never would have got in.
If the Army wont have you, try the Navy. As you can see from my photo below, taken while I was serving, the Navy has always been very tolerant of disabilities (and also big girly poofters judging by that wig I'm wearing).

 
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#16
Ring finger seems to be a popular one to lose - Wedding ring catching on the tailgate of a bedford, happened to a couple of of guys in my regt. Teach em that they're better of divorced!
A friend fell off while climbing, with a wedding ring on. It caught on a nubbin of rock, which resulted in a lovely skinning effect.
 
#17
If the Army wont have you, try the Navy. As you can see from my photo below, taken while I was serving, the Navy has always been very tolerant of disabilities (and also big girly poofters judging by that wig I'm wearing).

They had a rather famous bloke with one arm and one eye missing in charge of them at one point. He was so good they named one his battles after a square in London....
 

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