O.C.D and the Army.

Discussion in 'Health and Fitness' started by Skinn_Full, Apr 12, 2006.

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  1. Good afternoon all, I have a quick question that hopefully someone can help me with. My younger Brother is considering applying to go to The Army Foundation College next year. However, a couple of years ago he was diagnosed as having Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (O.C.D) and was on medication for 10 months. He has been off the meds for one year and will have been off them for two years when he applies to the A.F.C. He is currently a junior N.C.O in the army cadets and is in good health mentally and physically. Will his brief history of O.C.D preclude him from joining the Army? Any help or advice would be much appreciated. Cheers Easy!
     
  2. I'm by no means an authority on these things but I would hope each case is treated on its own merits. I was diagnosed once in with it and for the short time it affected me had no problems.

    If he has a cleaning OCD, he will be the most popular man going through basic.

    If you do a forum search I think there is a thread or two on the subject.
     
  3. I think this topic was done a few months ago, you might want to search for it. Most comments weren't overly helpful.

    To be honest I have no idea, but if he can convert some of his o.c.d into bulling boots or ironing or press-ups then he'll be fine. If has has to chew his chicken and dumpling boil in the bag 18 times each side and then lick his lips or his family will die then possibly army not for him. Any o.c.d relating to sleep routine, eating routine or something obvious is going to be a problem (walking round in circles twice whilst stamping your right foot, placing your left hand in your pocket and then zipping sleeping bag only half way up with one pocket undone is going to cause problems)
     
  4. 10 months of serotonin reuptake isn't what I'd call a brief history in relation to his lifetime. These cases are normally individually assessed I believe, and his age works for him... I assume there isn't a long family history. He needs not to mumble too much when he has his medical though. "This is definitely not my room... and I don't have my tapioca pudding... and the bed is in the wrong place... this is definitely not my bed."
     
  5. get the recruiting office to give yu the number of the MO at your nearest RSC and call them. Explain it to them and they will tell you whether he has a chance of ebing accepted and what information they would need from any specialists your brother has seen/is still seeing.

    Good luck