can i rejoin after being medical discharged

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  1. HI all,
    I was hoping someone could help me, I was discharged from the navy 8 years ago after injuring my back. After three operations at haslar they decided they couldn't do anything for me so they pensioned me out,My question is could i rejoin the navy if i was fit enough, cheers fez.
  2. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Hi Fez, welcome.

    Before you can be processed, your former medical records will be scrutinised by the relevant medical specialist to evaluate your suitability for re-employment.

    It is ultimately at the discretion of the Senior Medical Officer (Service Entry), soon to be re-located at the Institute of Naval Medicine at the newly designated Aviation Medical Division.

    If you've been in receipt of a medical disability pension since discharge the likelehood of re-employment, on the face of it, seems fairly remote, however there is nothing to stop you making the enquiry:

    To process your application you must first provide all of the listed documentation (1-9 below), the onus is on you to provide them at your earliest opportunity.

    1. Discharge Certificate

    2. Last RORRS Report (RN/RM only). This must indicate whether you are recommended further service.(If the report states you are not recommended for further service then we can not process your application, if it says after "x" months, you must wait for that time to elapse before you may re-apply)

    3. Your last pay statement (This ensures you get paid for your service seniority were applicable.

    4. Passport (You must have a valid one as a condition of entry into the service)

    5. NHS Number

    6. NI Number

    7. Birth Certificate

    8. Last 3 service reports

    9. Original GCSE certificates

    When you provide above listed documentation, you should complete a new application form, sign the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act & you MUST sign your consent for the release of:

    a) Your former service records.

    b) Your former medical records.

    The AFCO can not process your application without first taking copies of the above documentation.

    The AFCO will then apply for your former records. (Typically this takes about 3-4 weeks for former RN/RM & RAF applicants, former ARMY applicants is approx 6-8 weeks). On receipt the AFCO will then apply for permission to process your application- this takes a further 3-4 weeks & is granted by your future Branch Manager. Providing you are considered a viable candidate for re-entry, the AFCO can then proceed with your application. If you left with a poor RAF or RN service record, your application will most lkelly be turned down by the Branch Manager.

    If you were rejoining as a Trained re-entrant you have to be interviewed, pass medical, PJFT & have your Security Clearance renewed before the AFCO can apply for permission for you to re-enter service. Your Branch Manager will advise what additional training you must undergo upon re-joining, subject to when you left the service.

    Your Royal Navy Recruiting Test (RT) has to have been passed within the last three years, and have scored high enough for the branch. ALL former RAF & ARMY candidates, together with RN/RM applicants who have underscored or are out of date will be required to sit the RT. If you score high enough, you will be interviewed & if found suitable you will be medically examined & if you are passed fit for service you will undergo the pre-joining fitness test.

    If you pass all of that the AFCO will then re-apply for security clearance, which takes about 6-8 weeks. After being granted security clearance the AFCO then apply for permission for you to re-enter the service.

    You should be aware that the waiting time to enter the service can vary from month to month and is subject to variance because of the limited amount of training places available and the number of applicants at any given time.

    There are several things you should also take in to consideration when re-joining the Service, but two major considerations are as follows:

    1. You may be required to undergo phase one training at HMS Raleigh if you are a former RN/RAF/ARMY applicant or did not complete phase one training to an adequate standard previously, or depending on the Branch Manager & your former service records, if you have been out of the Royal Navy over 18 months & wish to change trades. Your future Branch Manager will decide under which circumstances you may re-join, it is not negotiable.

    2. You will re-join the service on the AFPS 05 pension scheme regardless of which scheme you left on - this is significantly different to the earlier AFPS 75 scheme and you would be strongly advised to investigate further how this will affect you.

    The thing to remember is that re-entry is by no means guaranteed & your former records of RN & RAF service is a key factor in your being permitted to re-enter. If you submitted PVR from the RN previously, that option is no longer available to you & you will be required to complete phase two training, complete 2.5 years return of service, before you may submit 12 months notice to leave.
  3. HI There,
    Thanks for the quick reply,I have my discharge certificate which says physically unfit for naval service,my certificate of service but i don't know what . Last RORRS Report (RN/RM only). is.
    I also claim a war pension so i suppose thats my chances out the window then, thanks for your help and time fez.
  4. RORR's didn't exist 8 years ago when you left, however, it'll be your 264's/2641 (ie your write up from your DO). Hope this helps
  5. CHAZ,
    Thanks for that didn't even get that got everything in my folder when i was discharged and been in there ever since, was sos for over a year at nelson then released so couldn't say were it is.
  6. if you enjoyed the navy 8 years ago, you may be surprised now fella

    rose tinted glasses and all that, its not the same navy fella
  7. HAS it really changed that much.suerly not.!

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