RCS at Lichfield - Medical defferments?

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  1. Hi All!

    Have been waiting since April to get to Lichfield for my Recruit Selection Tests... was deferred as I had medical history of a knee problem, all sorted now tho.

    Have been reading a lot about everyones experiences at RSC, and everyone says that there are a lot of medical deferments at this stage... can anyone tell me what the basis of these are, so i can stop worrying? I'm reasonably fit, running at about 10 mins for the mile and half, so physical fitness not too much of an issue, but after having waited so long to get down there I'm anxious not to be fcuking deferred again!

    Any advice appreciated, thanks :)
     
  2. Sounds to me as if you are at the right stage. With a history of weakness, you don't want to push it too far and fast now. Concentrate on upper body fitness (press ups and pull ups) and core strength.

    Plenty of information in the Health & fitness board.

    Good luck.

    Litotes
     
  3. Hello mate, I know exactly what your going through, i got deffered first time round for a f*cking heart murmur!? Ten other lads I was with had the same thing and we were all sent home after a few hours!, so be aware of that. As long as your knee isn't clicking or causing pain/difficulty in bending down and has a full range of movement you will be fine. When you have the medical exam with the doc he/she will get you to do some press ups, bend down, extend and retract your leg, rotate arms/wrists etc. It really is a piece of p*ss. If you get past the first day then you have practically passed. Just make sure that you put maximum effort into all activities and tests and be confident and positive in your final interview with the selection officer. Oh yeah, dont eat the pasta bake at dinner time its f*ucking awful!! Good Luck and let us know how you get on.

    Cheers Easy!
     
  4. Sorry to pinch the thread, but i'm curious about these heart murmurs I keep hearing about. What are they and how long can you be deferred if one is found?

    Besides the usual methods of keeping your heart healthy, are there any techniques or anything which can lower the risk of being picked up for it?

    I ask because i'll be 26 by the time I come to RSC, so really it's the last throw of the dice. Any advice greatly appreciated! Cheers.
     
  5. My wrists click when i rotate them, am i also screwed? Morty i heard of loads of blokes with heart murmurs, you have to have it monitored for a certain amount of time and if its harmless then you can go for selection again.
     
  6. Sounds good, have no pain in my knee... but it does click quite a lot! I can extend / retract all body parts fully (not in a kinky way, just the ones that i'm supposed to), but my knees are a bit noisy. I'm gonna dose up on cod liver oil i think...

    So if my knee clicks a lot in the exam but i'm not in pain, do i still have a problem?

    Thanks guys!
     
  7. If batman was jesus does that make Bruce Waynes father God? I think clicking is normal in most people, surely? I've been on the cod liver tabs for 2 months now, big difference, i recommend them!
     
  8. Wouldn't like to say, but then I've never seen Bruce Waynes dad...

    Always pictured Jesus in a Batman suit tho. Had a disturbed childhood...
     
  9. Yeh, knees clicking, no problem. Heart murmurs, small problem. Imagining Jesus in a batman suite? Priceless.
     

  10. As I understand it a heart murmur occurs one of the Valves in the heart, doesn't fully close allowing a small amount of blood, to seep back in to the chamber affected. There is nothing you can do about it its something you’re born with.

    When I went to join at 16 I was deferred with a heart murmur. It took 4yrs to sort it all out by I got in the end. It doesn't take that long now thank god when my brothers joined up they both had them and it was sorted in a matter of months.

    Never give up!!
     

  11. As I understand it a heart murmur occurs one of the Valves in the heart, doesn't fully close allowing a small amount of blood, to seep back in to the chamber affected. There is nothing you can do about it its something you’re born with.

    When I went to join at 16 I was deferred with a heart murmur. It took 4yrs to sort it all out by I got in the end. It doesn't take that long now thank god when my brothers joined up they both had them and it was sorted in a matter of months.

    Never give up!!
     
  12. Right then lads, here we go. Having been through and passed the recruit selection center I can speak with a little bit of authority on some of the points raised. Firstly, clicking limbs. All joints, knees, elbows, wrists click from time to time. What I meant was that if they are clicking and you are wincing or in pain then the med staff will probably want you to get it checked out. But its not really an issue. The heart murmur thing is just a pain in the ARRSE. When I went into the medical examination room, it all went well until she (yes, SHE. Also did the cough and drop :) ) checked my heart and then nonchalantly said "yep.....you have a heart murmur." The good thing is they make you an appointment there and then to see a specialist cardiologist in your area, If you get the all clear which I think most people do, then you attend the next available selection intake but you bypass all the medical bits (because you will have done them on your last visit). The staff advice was to not drink anything like Redbull, Lucozade in particular as this can make your heart sound dodgy on a stethascope??!! When I had the murmur checked, the Professor just said it was very faint and nothing to worry about, he said the majority of deferees are the same. Don't worry about it, just concentrate on your physical fitness and swatting up on regimental choice/history etc. Good Luck one and all and post your own experience back here so others aren't scared sh*tless before they go for recruit selection.

    Cheers Easy!
     
  13. yes skinn_fulls right unless your told you 100% cant join dont worry about being deffered , also the doctor may ask "have you got any aches or pains ?" unless its serious and you dont think you can perform good on the tests dont say anythink as a lad was deffered when i was at the selection centre because he said his knee was aching ( cramp pains which would have gone by time the medical was finished ) and he got sent home , even tho he said he was fine to do the 1.5 mile run and all the rest of the tests , but apart from that just be honest !
     
  14. Thanks for all that help lads, its put my mind to rest at least! Just to help out Batmanwasjesus, is there a physchiatric test? :D
     
  15. will feel better once its out of the way, but thanks everyone! Now, back to planning my domination of mankind, dressing up as a clown and dribbling... MLAAAAR!