rejected due to medical - any advice on appealing?

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My son was recently rejected from joining. He's 18 and when he was 15 he self-harmed on a few occasions. Goodness knows why, he has even admitted he doesn't know why himself. The army have rejected his application because on his medical record it gives details of self-harm attempts on more than one occasion, making him at greater risk of re-attempts.

It's been at least 2/3 years since he's done this. He's now 18 and wishes it had never happened.

How do we show the army that he's now matured and is no risk? Pay for a private psychiatric evaluation? Get his doctor to write? Get the healthy young minds counsellor that he used to have to write?
Is there anything we can do, or do we have to accept he can't join?

He's gutted and is dedicating all of his time to training to ensure he's in peak physical condition.

Any advice would be super. Thank you :)
 
From your description - it does not sound like Armed Forces is the right career for him.

Sparkies, Plumbers, Brickies HGV drivers are in short supply and consequently earning top .
dollar.
Advise him in that direction and maybe think about joining the Reserves ?

At some later date.
Sometime, maybe.
 
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From your description - it does not sound like Armed Forces is the right career for him.

Sparkies, Plumbers, Brickies are in short supply and consequently earning top .
dollar.
Advise him in that direction and maybe think about joining the Reserves ?
Thanks for taking the time to reply.

He is very focused. He has spent the last year researching before he even applied and although he is fit, he is training 5 days a week to push himself further. He wants this a lot.

He doesn't only want the job he wants the lifestyle. He is not even considering any other career as he wholeheartedly believes the army will be the best thing he ever does.

We just need to appeal for what was a blip.
 
He should avoid the army. The last thing he needs is to find himself trapped in what can be (even during peace time routine) a difficult environment.


The world is a big place with plenty of exciting opportunities. In six months he'll probably be focused on something else entirely.
 

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