TA/ Regulars Medical Recjection - Please advise (anybody)

Hi Guys,

I'm after some advice... I am applying to the Regulars as an Officer, and, because that is taking so long, applied to the TA locally as well.

I have been rejected via the TA on medical grounds - there is no doubt that I am going to appeal but I want to know what my chances are???? If anyone knows/ can advise?

My rejection was based on a 6 month period of stress/depression I suffered from last year, and army guidlines (regular and TA -because they are now one and the same), will not accept anyone having been diagnosed with this for a period of longer than 3 months.

The case was not extreme, I was pretty stressed and took Citalopram, though not for the entire period. This was to do with caring for my mother, who was suffering from cancer at the time, on my own and without any support from family or friends, whilst working and taking various exams which had been restructured at university.

Although I recognised that I needed some form of help I carried on, without delaying any of my studies like my institution suggested, whilst still caring for my mum and graduated this year with a 2.1. I hope this is recognisable, if it had been so extreme I could have put everything on hold, but did not.

I'm angry that this brief period of stress might haunt me when I happen to know plenty of people already in the forces that have suffered from similar ailments! My partner for example had suffered years of Psoriasis caused by stress from work when I met him, but it was treated as a skin condition rather than stress and went unquestioned. I view mental ailments as part of parcel of life and not something which should define me or anyone else.

I can understand the Army's caution but feel this is over the top. If anything, the prospect of sitting behind a desk for the rest of my life, rather than doing what I really want to do by joining the army, does a lot less for my 'mental health!!!!' The best part is that ironically, if I had joined at 18 as originally intended, this would never have even been an issue!!!!

Even though I'm fighting fit, competing in pentathlon and the like, I rather wish it was a physical problem that I could get examined. Its not like someone can look inside my head.

My initial interview for Regular Army Officer is not until Jan 22nd, if I can appeal and overturn this decision before then (unlikely I feel) will it still affect my Officer application???

I am currently seeking advice from anyone and everyone so if anybody on here has anything to offer it would be much appreciated.

Hello CB, This is Old Rat.

You seem to have come through a pretty hard time in your life. The bruises and scars will help you for the rest of it. Now while I know literally nothing of mental health I have had some recent experience of challenging service medics. First thing to remember is that an opinion in their world is just that. It's a judgement that can can be challenged by another. You don't say how long ago this was, and that may well have some bearing on your assessment. It seems from here that, as you are aware of a potential problem, you should plan to defeat it, IF it appears. That's what commander would do, isn't it. You can't just stand there waiting to be shot, you have to do something. So then, what can you deploy against this potential threat. You should consider obtaining a civvy specialist opinion, your own vet may well advise you of some-one appropriate. You could then either hold it in reserve or offer it in advance, a tactical choice for you. It may possibly be pricey, but you're looking at a career here, and the Queen may well provide you with some foreign sunshine if you can ace your way through Westbury.
Best of luck
Old Rat
CB1990 how many ******* times are you going to post this?
Fair play that you didn't try to hide your medical past.

Sadly, whilst you might not want to be defined by it, the Army WILL define your suitability for enlistment because of it. They will have many hundreds of applicants who are just as capable, but have no history of mental health issues.....

It's too late for you now, but my advice for those who do suffer stress is NOT to jump at the first bunch of meds the GPs offer you, as in many cases, meds really are not the answer for such short-term episodes.......

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