Appeal? What to write?!

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  1. Hellooo everyone!

    Hope you don't mind me posting.... I'm currently in the middle of an appeal due to being discharged with 'suspected' shin splints.

    Approx 6/7 months after this I reapplied (as I was told to do so), I passed a medical and a fitness test then I was told no I could not reapply.

    So now I have to write a letter of appeal.
    Can anyone help me with what to write?!
    I've been told to try and get a doctors note and include that but other than that I don't really know!!

    Thanks in advance!

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  2. Blackrat

    Blackrat War Hero Moderator Book Reviewer

    Angrydoc is our resident expert on this sort of thing. I'm sure he'll respond when he next logs on.

    Welcome to the site.
  3. Thanks Blackrat

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  4. A good start is collect everything you have in writing and give it a reference number, that way when you come to write you letter you can say something like:

    "In order to support this appeal, I refer you to reference xxxxx where I have it in writing that..."
  5. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    You can only appeal against a medical decision once you have been formally informed you have not met the medical standards for entry, usually by letter - after the medical examination, often after the Medical Examiner has gained all relevant information about a medical condition in your medical history.

    The letter advising the individual of the outcome of their medical will advise the procedure for medical appeal if applicable. The Medical Examiner will advise the individual the specific reason for the decision with regard medical suitability and the circumstances, if any, which must be met.

    The medical standards cannot themselves be appealed against unfortunately. All too often people appeal because they simply don't agree with the medical standards, but they are non-negotiable. This means if a certain condition or treatment has ever occurred, then the circumstances unfortunately make the individual permanently medically unsuitable for service.

    Certain conditions can be appealed if they can be proven, with qualified supporting medical evidence, to have been misdiagnosed, a "one off" many moons ago or treated incorrectly - the medical examiner will advise if this is practical in your case.

    The appeal letter should be sent to your AFCO, be polite, short & to the point, something along the lines of:

    Dear [Careers Advisers Name]

    Reference: Medical Appeal 'Your Full Name" DOB dd/mm/yyyy

    Further to my Royal Navy Medical Examination at "time" on dd/mm/yyyy in London/wherever, I write to appeal against the decision regarding medical suitability for service.

    I enclose medical evidence from my GP/Consultant Specialist
    [in a sealed envelope with your name/DOB on the outside, with the words "Protect Medical"] in support of my appeal with clarification of the specific dates and full historic detail and diagnosis of the condition including any relevant treatment or recurrence.

    Yours Sincerely


    After that, expect a wait of a month or two. The better the professional medical evidence in support of your appeal the better your chance of success. Don't enter into technical medical jargon unless you are a qualified doctor yourself. Don't waffle or ramble on about how long you've wanted to be in the Navy, how much it means to you or offer sexual favours to Admirals in exchange for a favourable outcome.

    Good luck.
  6. Thanks Ninja.
    Not getting my hopes up but it's worth a shot!

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  7. I will add that it is a shot that I took and I am now currently serving, having been selected for promotion in less than 5 years service. My situation isn't too dissimilar to yours (except mine was for the eyes rather than shin splints), but if you really want it, collect each piece of correspondence like they are precious diamonds.
    Secondly, be prepared for a very long, very hard fight.
  8. I think you actually should go for the sexual favours to Admirals bit. Nothing ventured and all that...
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  9. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    To be fair, Writers are on the higher pay band, so there may well be credence in this. ;-)
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  10. That explains why they have afternoons off to catch "cough" up!

    They need the time off to spend the extra cash :)

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    Last edited: Feb 17, 2014
  11. AB's are on lower. However, I do believe this is all going change by 2015.

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