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Discussion in 'Juniors' started by swift777, Sep 2, 2006.

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  1. Ok I am not in the army, I am only 14. what I was wondering was what kind of stuff the officers go thorugh at (RMAS) Sandhurst for training. I hope to become an officer one day and was wondering if there are any physical exams, my current specialities are Mathematics, IT/Comms, Mathematcs, Geography, Physics, Biology and Chemestry.

    Do you think that those skills would be suited to be an officer or shall I apply to be in the IT/Comms department? I know that I will not be able to pass the physical Fitness because I am Diabetic, although I am am physically fit :? (Trying to get in 4 hours a day of Karate)

    Hope you guys can help :)
    Thanks from Chris!
     
  2. mate, diabetes rules out army service as far as i am aware (unless any other aarser can prove me wrong?). have a look on the army website, or best bet ring your local army careers information office and they can give you some direction.
    by the way, i work in comms and if you want to be an officer in that field, you would be the first one i have met that has any knowledge of it!
    good luck!!!!!!!!!1
     
  3. OK thanks Enigma Bleep

    Still kinda confused though. You said that my condition rules out an application however I could be an IT/Comms officer sorry if I sound kinda confused
     
  4. Diabetes will not prevent you from being a Civil Servant where you could specialise in IT/Comms
     
  5. sorry , to clarify, diabetes, to my knowledge rules out all army service. but for the definative answer i'd still ring the ACIO
     
  6. Well personaly it feels like discrimination! I have the same physical fitness (except for one hormone) and mental fitness as most army personel when they join! Ah well I will just have to wait for 6 years til the cure is released! If it does become avaliable!
     
  7. What is with people claiming discrimination for everything? Diabetes rules you out because the rations you eat out in the field are not designed to suit a diabetics diet if it is diet controlled and if you have to inject insulin a muddy field is not the most sanitary place, so you would probably be the first to sue the army for any disease you contracted out there through injecting your insulin.
    Also what would happen if you have a hyper/hypo glycemic attack whilst halfway through a battle? you would take at least 1 other guy to drag your arse away from the battle takeing 2 guns out of a firefight because it was mean and nasty for the army to say that because of a certain medical condition you were unsuitable for army service.... whats next? partially sighted fighter pilots?
     
  8. I can see your point mate however I would be hoping to join as an IT/Comms operative that would probably NOT be required to operate in the Field so I doubt someone would have to carry me off! My blood sugar level are under a very stable control so I dont suffer from any form of Hyper/Hypo glycemic attacks, although there is always a possability! So what does that have to do with a non field IT/Comms operative

    P.S. I didnt actually mean to use the word "Discrimination but heck i just typed what I thought

    P.S.S. You might of noticed I am not going to consider being an officer even though I am predicted to have over 5 GCSE's and 2 A-levels!
     
  9. Doesnt matter what you do, you're a soldier first. End of.
     
  10. I'm in Signals (IT/Comms) and we still operate in the field, admitedly in trucks most of the time but outdoors is outdoors. There is no such thing as cushy desk jobs in the army.

    And if you were out on ops and they decided to attack? What are ya gonna do say oh no i'm IT I don't do this fighting thing.

    Fair deal for wanting to join up but theres certain health standards. T here are plenty of civis who work in IT/Comms for the army, a lot of them are the ones failing to fix my data link to the UK at the moment so feel free to join them you stil ltravel to many of the places we're in ,moreso now with the increased reliance on civi kit in the army you just turn dont wear the same uniform
     
  11. A friend of mine joined who was an Insulin dependant diabetic, some how he was able to get through the interviews and medical but later came a cropper on exercise, instant discharge, he was loggies. They had to do this becuase how the feck was he going to get resupply on ops ? I hate to burst your bubble so early on in life but thats the ways it is, each man and woman must be able to look after themselves and not be come a casulty of thier own making.

    I knew another lad who became a vegan, his life choice and it was fine in camp but as soon as he got in the field he was fecked and the boil in the bags came ready mixed, he got a way with it for ages mainly because he took his own food but in the end he couldn't keep it up and after about 3 weeks in the field he ran out of food and had to live by swapping his boil in the bags for processed cheese, eventually he was close to collapse before we figured out what was going on and had to break into our own rations to keep him going. He became a liability.
     
  12. quote]I can see your point mate however I would be hoping to join as an IT/Comms operative that would probably NOT be required to operate in the Field so I doubt someone would have to carry me off! My blood sugar level are under a very stable control so I dont suffer from any form of Hyper/Hypo glycemic attacks, although there is always a possability! So what does that have to do with a non field IT/Comms operativequote]

    first of all swifty what type of diabities do you have is it diat controlled or insulin controlled. IT/Comms ops may nt be deployed in the field but would still be trained to do so & would be deployed on operations to that effect you have to be able to fight like the rest of so TLT is right at what he says.

    bare in mind when we was in iraq in 2003 i got atached to 19 mech brigade (AS THEY WAS THEN) they have a sginal squadron (IT/Comms specialists) that still went out & did patrols or ecorting duties so you will be required to do it.

    also poit to bare in mind is the rations side of thing that TLT has said they are based on a hell of a lot of calories to keep a soldier fighting they are they to do that job specifically & can contain a lot of sugar also which may not be good for yur condition.
     
  13. A freind of mine was a reg in the RLC, he was a blanket stacker, he developed Type I Diabeties, it went down to a medical panel weather they were to boot him or not, they did in the end but apparently it was a close call, I understand there a a few insulin dependant diabetics out there, mabey they are permantly downgraded, I suppose if they are near the end of their time it would be cheaper than paying them off....

    Just a thought
     
  14. I am sorry, I am recruiter and can confirm that this condition is a ban on service in the Army in any role.
     
  15. I served for over two years out of 15 with Diabetes, I was insulin dependant, it never prevented me from any operational duties, ,or platoon sergeant duties, fitness training etc.

    However the Army would probably not let you enlist if your medical indicates diabetes

    I was not deferred from promotion because of my illness if fact I was asked to stay on after my 15 years were served. I decided to leave for other reasons.

    If you are unfortunate like me to get this condition whilst serving I doubt if they would medically discharge you, but also I would imagine you would not go operational, perhaps posted to some adminstrative duties to serve out your time.

    Diabetes is easily managed, hypos are a reaction to insulin, this usually occurs when you take your injection and leave it too long before you eat, hyper is when your blood suger is high as a result of drinking and eating in excess