Psychological bars to Sandhurst entry.

#1
Forgive the mong username, I meant 'Briefing' not 'AOSB'. Anyway.


We all know that the army check your medical records before accepting candidates, and that asthma, migranes...etc all bar entry, and that phychological things like self-harm, depressive illness and attempted suicide are all (quite rightly) included in the group, but what about other psych things?

I had a near-fatal mountaineering accident last year, and have suffered some PTSD-like symptoms which have almost completely gone now but which at the time almost cost me a uni module and girlfriend, and which still give me a cold sweat from time to time, and a few dark dreams, and odd emotions, but which are steadily fading.

Do I?

a) Remind myself of the word 'integrity' and go to see a doctor, sort anything that needs sorting, and have it on my paperwork - even if that means killing my chances at Sandhurst entry.

or

b) Man up, accept that it's mild, and a normal set of responses to that sort of experience, and just carry on through to Sandhurst with an unblemished medical record?


No wah, but ready for incoming.
 
#5
Well I'd love to have an officer who can't be honest....

edited once for sausage fingers
 
#6
They will never ask you at any stage what is inside your head. Only you know that. Seek private therapy if you need it so its not on your records but keep schtum is my advice. A bit of duff dikeing and you will be as right as rain. Emotional trauma after near death experiences generally wears off but it takes time. Its quite normal.
 
#7
If you didn't go to your doctors then you can't state that you suffered from PTSD. That being the case you have nothing to declare. If you went to your doctor and it is written up in your records and you were diagnosed with PTSD then you must declare it.

You can't be expected to declare a self-diagnosed issue that received no medical attention I would say. Keep schtum
 
#9
JonnoJonno said:
If you didn't go to your doctors then you can't state that you suffered from PTSD.
Definitely aware of this. Hence "PTSD-like symptoms". I'd definitely not rush to get that label for myself.

I just wanted to speed up the fading of these symptoms if I could, which seemed to suggest a doctor. If the four letters on my paperwork are a showstopper though, then I can go without. No problem. Let nature run its course and it'll sort itself out anyway.

Thanks everyone for the advice so far.
 
#10
As a general rule there is no need to advertise your deficiencies. Answer honestly but there is no point in offering them negatives.
 
#11
I think you should post this on the professionally qualified board, as people quiet knowledgable about PTSD hang around there.

Edit: although if you think you might be predisposed towards developing PTSD (ot at least seem to have some difficulty functioning normally after a trauma), do you think joining the army is the best career move for you?
 
#12
duffdike said:
They will never ask you at any stage what is inside your head. Only you know that. Seek private therapy if you need it so its not on your records but keep schtum is my advice. A bit of duff dikeing and you will be as right as rain. Emotional trauma after near death experiences generally wears off but it takes time. Its quite normal.
Best advice you will ever get.

And free.
 
#13
Duff diking? Is that spouting pointless drivel on a web forum?

msr
 
#14
@msr: Do you ever say anything sensible? Or do you keep up your long range sniping at anyone and everyone you don't like. Mark you I wouldn't expect an ARRSE mod to have much sense anyway.
 
#16
Yeah, I'd say that you don't mention it. In my opinion the real issue, as mentioned above, is do you feel that there would be a problem with you and PTSD if you get into combat in Afghanistan or some future conflict? You're the only one that can answer that, and you needn't bother telling us, but be honest with yourself as it's potentially very serious.
 
#17
I am not sure than a certain emotional disturbance for some time after such an event is the same thing as PTSD. But I do not know much about it outside my own experiences.
 
#18
duffdike said:
They will never ask you at any stage what is inside your head. Only you know that. Seek private therapy if you need it so its not on your records but keep schtum is my advice. A bit of duff dikeing and you will be as right as rain. Emotional trauma after near death experiences generally wears off but it takes time. Its quite normal.
I wouldn't normally agree with duff dike but SPOT ON

If its not recorded on GP med records don't feck your potential future up for what some old and bold C=NTS would call integrity

No one asks don't fecking tell them, in fact if they ever did, lie.

You want to join up, determination and interpretation of the rules to achieve your objective is commendable

You've shown integrity about considering your position and have self awareness, close it down and move forward

Good luck crack on
 

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