Are ther any different medical rquirments for submariners?

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  1. just wondering if there is any diferent medical requirements to become a submariner?
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  2. Re: Are ther any different medical rquirments for submariner


    A higher standard of medical fitness is required on boats, firstly, because of the limited medical facilities on board and, secondly, because some conditions may be exacerbated by the enclosed environment. Consequently, personnel wishing to serve on boats have to undergo a Preliminary Medical Examination before beginning initial submarine training.

    Ratings preparing to do certain jobs may have to have their Colour Perception tested.

    Respiratory abilities need to be verified.

    The ability to cope with pressure changes is important. - any kind of ENT condition could be problematic.

    You will need a Certificate of Dental Fitness from a RN Dentist.

    There is a fairly long and complex list of conditions which would make it unlikely that someone would get permission to proceed with initial submarine training, but that is a question for a properly qualified MO such as our own AngryDoc.

    Just a brief rundown for you, based on a reading of the Medical Standards for Entry to Service in Submarines.
  3. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Re: Are ther any different medical rquirments for submariner

    Sonar Rating submariners must have good hearing too.

  4. What would happen if you were to fail your medical after passing phase 1 of training, or is the preliminary medical to serve on boats taken on entry of phase 1?
  5. You need a bigger than normal 'jake' - is that medical or biological?
  6. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Usually the submariners' medical is undertaken during phase one. Those eligible to tranfer to another trade with vacancies are given that option providing the are medically fit for general service and have scored high enough in the recruiting test, with the required acdemic qualifications (if relevant) for that trade. Bear in mind, the trades available with vacancies are extremely limited. If they don't meet the above criteria they are discharged for failing the medical.

    Medically imaginary, biologically unlikely and physically amusing.
  7. Re: Are ther any different medical rquirments for submariner

    I happened to bump into a kid that I was on my RNAC with in town the other day, he PVR'd (Is that the right term?). Basically he decided it wasn't for him. Now he was telling me that the medical at Raleigh is more indepth than the recruitment medical and that aspects such as your hearing test are different in the sense that you have to have more acute hearing if you're going in as a sun dodger. Is this so, because it seems to me like it could potentially mean a lot for wasted time for a lot of people.
  8. Re: Are ther any different medical rquirments for submariner

    Only for SSM (sonar operators for the unitiated). SSM's also have to be able to shout "BIO" for every known sonar contact :wink:
  9. Re: Are ther any different medical rquirments for submariner

    Makes sense I suppose..........well, apart from that BIO comment.

    Would "You sunk my battleship" be appropriate?

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