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my son has just been rejected by the army for having fits in the past. they stopped a year, he had all the tests at hospital twice over and was found to have no medical problems and was not put on medication, he is gutted at the desicion and wants to appeal, what are his chances of it working, please help:cry:
 
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Sadly, if there is any history of fitting or even mental health history, then admission to the forces is not allowed. A mate of mine joined and served for nigh on 8 years, he then had a fit, which was diagnosed as Epilepsy, instant downgrade then MD.

Whilst these things can be tolerated with 'normal life' sadly the dangers are far too high for serving personnel, driving a wagon with a troop in the rear, carrying a PWS, the dangers are insurmountable.

There is even a thread on here where a guy isn't allowed front line infantry because of a DD endorsement on his driving license.

They may appear to be crazy but ultimately there to safeguard others.

I would say appeal, no harm in trying. On the other hand, be prepared for an upholding.

All in my very humble opinion, stay around and someone more adept will answer.
 
#4
In many cases, the notes from the GP are the driving factor - if you think you have a case ask for a GP referral to a civilian Neurologist and see what they say. However, as already said, any kind of fit is not good for military service.

Sorry
 
#5
Feel for OP, my son is in the Engineers and had a fit whilst in Kenya last month, hes going to be discharged because of it although he has no history of fits, he was in hospital with an infantry guy who fitted out in afghan on ops. not good and as stated a possible danger to all around
 
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FWIW I have a Dutch nephew who suffered fits in his sleep (3 episodes in 2 years) between the age of 13 to 15. Nothing was ever found in tests and he appears to have grown out of them, he is 20 now, however it has ruled him out of military service in Holland, and his desire to be a pilot has been negated. While the doctors think it was related to his maturing, labelling them as juvenile or growing fits, they cannot guarantee 100% that they will never happen again.
 
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FWIW I have a Dutch nephew who suffered fits in his sleep (3 episodes in 2 years) between the age of 13 to 15. Nothing was ever found in tests and he appears to have grown out of them, he is 20 now, however it has ruled him out of military service in Holland, and his desire to be a pilot has been negated. While the doctors think it was related to his maturing, labelling them as juvenile or growing fits, they cannot guarantee 100% that they will never happen again.
Exactly, as harsh as it may be, the measures put in place are to safeguard all involved and once a fit has occurred, what's to say it won't happen again under a stressful or loud/night time firefight. Flashing lights are a contributory factor in fitting.

Genuinely, I feel for your son and would encourage anyone to join, but the safety of others has to be paramount.
 
#10
Hell, barring pregnancy, I think I have a symptom in every heading. **** it, at least call up will be be out ruled!!
Interesting to see under 'Psychiatric Conditions' that Bi-Polar (Manic Depressive Psychosis) and Personality Disorder (Psychopaths) aren't mentioned.

I should be in with a shout if the balloon goes up.
 
#11
I can understand his disappointment or perhaps frustration but not only are they considering his wellbeing, they're thinking about all the other Soldiers and Officers that will be serving with him.
 
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[FONT="Century Gothic]I can understand your disappointment or perhaps frustration but not only are they considering your wellbeing, they're thinking about all the other Soldiers and Officers that will be serving with you.[/FONT]
With HIM, he was asking about his son. The clue was in the second word of the message.
 
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my son has just been rejected by the army for having fits in the past. they stopped a year, he had all the tests at hospital twice over and was found to have no medical problems and was not put on medication, he is gutted at the desicion and wants to appeal, what are his chances of it working, please help:cry:
Unfortunately, the fact that no cause was ever isolated for his fits means there is no guarantee they won't return, possibly at the worst imaginable time. :(
 
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thank you to you all for your answers... i can understand the safety issue but it so hard seeing him so dissapointed that i wondered if there might be a way he could still get in xx
 
#19
thank you to you all for your answers... i can understand the safety issue but it so hard seeing him so dissapointed that i wondered if there might be a way he could still get in xx
I would stop even comprehending the thought, they are being especially more pickier about who they are enlisting, I'd just do my best if I were you to explain it to him.
 
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thank you to you all for your answers... i can understand the safety issue but it so hard seeing him so dissapointed that i wondered if there might be a way he could still get in xx

The lunatic fringe are starting to engage now so for your own sanity I would reverse away............BLUF - he is not going to get in, harsh maybe but at least he can move on to something else now?? Good luck to you both
 
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