Why cant I join with Asthma ???

#1
Why is it that I cant join the Army because ive got asthma ?

And is theres any jobs in the Army, RAF or RN that I could do even though ive got asthma ?



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#2
Well theirs a little bit of running about involved, which may be a small clue.
 
#3
You cannot join the British armed forces with Asthma

Thems the rules


Just like we weren't allowed to let poofters in.

We have standards to keep, looking after little Johnny wheezy pants in the heat of battle isn't one of them.

Sorry



< Disclaimer . I have never been in the heat of battle, dug in on Longdon or met any atheists in foxholes. >
 

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#4
Because you could die. Short answer.


You may be in a hot, sandy place with no access to medication and asthma has a nasty habit of reoccurrence. So the Army, very sensibly, doesn't want to take the risk with someone who doesn't have proper lung function.

It may seem like it's to piss you off but it isn't. It's for your own sake. Longer answer.
 
#5
If you actually have to ask that question, I feel they maybe other reasons why you can not join the army, other than asthma.

But to be fair, you did ask a question, and the above is more of a comment on your question than an answer to it.

In answer to your question, you are not allowed to join the army if you are asthmatic because your condition makes you unsuitable for the physical rigours of military life.

However, if you are free from attacks/medication for a number of years (I believe it to be 3 years) you are regarded as no longer 'asthmatic' and can apply to join the Army - I hope that encourages you, good luck!
 
#6
Because you would be a wheezing bag of uselessness during Phase 1, would eventually be back squadded, wasting the training budget, would definitley be medically discharged and would therefore be a massive financial drag on an already cash strapped organisation.

Just putting in to plain English what would be described as "Medical Unsuitable" for assessment at your relevant Selection Centre. You have to be clear of symptoms for at least 5 years.

Best of luck else where.
 

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#7
Unless it's changed recently, it's four years clear of symptoms and/or medication.
 
#8
Not to metion the pain if you have an NBC alert whilst in respirator unless the pump could be adapted to the side of the res..........but I think not...
 
#9
I was in training with a guy who carried his girlfriends inhaler around in basic. He was asthmatic as a kid but didn't tell the Army. I think he is still in.

I think the inhaler was more of a security blanket for him.
 
#10
Ozzymick said:
I was in training with a guy who carried his girlfriends inhaler around in basic. quote]

Yes but i bet his girlfriends dead now!
 
#15
Cos its the rules.

I can just see it now, 'please sir, I can't do crowd control today as I'm a bit wheezy' or 'The respirator testing facility? With my chest like it is, ohh no thanks'

'Running? oh, where did I put my inhaler?'

'stand to? (wheeze) I'm (wheeze) just (wheeze) looking for (wheeze) my (wheeze) salbutamol (wheeze)'
 
#16
John_Charity_Spring said:
Because you'll collaspse on runs and your mates will have to carry you - literally.
its probably not as clear cut as that - i've had to resort to using an inhaler after a chest infection, and still have to from time to time, but can crack a sub 830bft....pluse i've also got a good mate who is an officer in 'them' and an asthmatic....
 
#17
goon_bde said:
John_Charity_Spring said:
Because you'll collaspse on runs and your mates will have to carry you - literally.
its probably not as clear cut as that - i've had to resort to using an inhaler after a chest infection, and still have to from time to time, but can crack a sub 830bft....pluse i've also got a good mate who is an officer in 'them' and an asthmatic....
Having to use an inhaler due to a chest infection or developing/discovering a condition once in is totally different to joining with a known condition.
 
#18
true! i'll get my coat -

....but i do know my mate was asthmatic before he joined, he was also an athlete of some accolade
 
#19
goon_bde said:
true! i'll get my coat -

....but i do know my mate was asthmatic before he joined, he was also an athlete of some accolade

And I have a mate who was blind when he joined ...he now head honch in a Recce platoon??? cannot hit anything with 30mm cannon...he was also javelin thrower of some accolade before joining.......mmmm
 
#20
Well, when you researched this years ago and went to the doc, realising you never used you inhaler or had an attack, you could be "cleared". I met the above criteria, and there's no way i'd be a liability due to it.

Just have to wait till them 4 years are up, and recently spiro was introduced as a final frontier.

Can you undestand?

You can do certain RAF groundcrew jobs definately (more than likely in an office) if it's ok, mild, or w/e but you'll have to go AFCO for more info
 

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