Guy's/Gal's, your advice/opinions are needed please... I have an 18yr old lad who's ambition has always been to join the army, and who is currently trying to join the REME as a aircraft avionic's tech... He has had his medical form filled in by the doctor, done his BARB test's, been to pre-selection etc, he loved it and can't wait to go for his formal selection, however - since early childhood he has suffered on and off from "Glue-ear". Recently (past two and a half month's) he has been suffering from a bad and persistent loss of hearing in his left ear, caused by his glue-ear. We have been told that if he has surgery to fix it (fit gromets) the army will not allow him to join, as they consider it to be a punctured ear-drum? We have therefore decided to go to speak with his recruiting Sgt to discuss the problem and ask the likelyhood of him getting in/not getting in etc We wondered if any of you guys have any experiance of this? do you think he stand's any realistic chance of getting in or will he be turned down at the medical? I(he) needs some advice please, as he now feels he's wasting his time... (also, i could get him a great job on civvy street if we can find out quickly enough, but another month and that opportunity will have passed! ) Many Thank's - Minty.