Concern over waiting times

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  1. Hi all,

    I'm new to the forum and this is my first post. I have seen a number of threads about waiting times. They have all contained sound advice, but I have yet to see one with circumstances such as mine.

    I'm currently in the process of applying as a Warfare Officer. I had my medical mid-March. I am still waiting to be booked in for a fitness test and it is now nearly June. I spoke to my AFCO on the phone earlier this month for an update. I was told they are still waiting on confirmation from CAPITA that they received my doctors notes, which I found odd considering they were sent to CAPITA 2 days after my medical.

    Ordinarily I would understand someone advising me to be patient, however I turn 25 in November. The upper age limit to begin training in BRNC is 25. So I need to be at Dartmouth come November next year at the latest. When I took my RT my AFCO asked me if I'm nervous, which obviously I was a little as it could end my career prospect before it started. He advised me then not to worry as I had plenty of time and was still a youngster. However with 25 being the upper limit for Warfare Officer I'm worried that delays in application stages could see me miss out due to age.

    Will the Navy speed things up for people like me who are pushing the age limit? I'm thinking of chasing it up again at the end of the month, however I'm conscious of not becoming a nag. No-one likes a nag, and whilst it's important for me, it may not be for the Navy and they could palm me off if I nag them too much.

    Advice would be very much appreciated.

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  2. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Are you sure your GP actually supplied the information requested? Very often they are quick off the mark submitting an invoice for payment before they do anything, but often rather slow supplying the actual information requested to get your medical cracked.

    If your practice manager (not the reception clerk) categorically assures you the info has been supplied, then speak to your AFCO again. If your careers adviser checks the medical portal and advises a PIA (payment in advance) has been received, then your GP probably still hasn't produced the goods and may need a prod by your good self to request they extract a digit.

    Your AFCO may advise the notes have been received and after review, have been forwarded to the Occ Health guru for a yes/no answer. If the Occ Health geezer cannot decide either way, then it gets referred to the Senior Medical Officer (Service Entries) in Portsmouth. A referral to Occ Health normally adds a couple of weeks, a referral to SMO(SE) can unfortunately add up to six months depending on the complexity of the issue & the potential to need to parlez with service specialists in the relevant field.

    Do they speed it up due to age parameters? Do they buggery, unfortunately.

    Fingers-crossed it's just your GP dragging their heels waiting for payment (the MOD are slow payers - up to two months). If that's the case, ask your GP to supply the info, pending payment so that you can move things along.

    Good luck.
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  3. janner

    janner War Hero Book Reviewer

    @Ninja_Stoker just an observation, would it not be better for the applicant to pay his Dr. and then claim back the fee? I appreciate that this is (just) beyond your pay grade, but do you know if its been considered?
  4. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    It's certainly an idea that's been bandied and I do know people who have done just that. Problem is at present is the contracted company can authorise the BACs payment to the practice but I have a feeling there is no formal mechanism to do this for private individuals. I'm guessing there's a reason behind it, probably linked to the potential to submit unverified claims.
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  5. Thanks for your advice. I think I'll pop down my surgery tomorrow and ask a few questions. I wouldn't have thought my notes would be needed to be looked at by an Occupational Health expert or the Senior Medical Officer, I have no conditions or previous injuries/operations that would require that as far as I'm aware.

    My surgery is notorious for making a hash of things so it wouldn't surprise me if it's a problem their end.
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  6. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Let us know how you get on. I could never claim that mistakes are never made by the contracted company or indeed a careers office, but statistically the delays are due in the main part by GPs demanding payment before they do anything.
  7. Hiya,
    I passed my test and interview end of February and I'm still waiting because of the medical. The hospital said they had provided history but hadn't. I found it easier to get my GP history myself (only £10) and I'm still waiting on the hospital... Unfortunately the Navy can't do anything about this, just a waiting game. I'd definitely say get your medical history yourself, speeds up the process
  8. Just an update I spoke to my surgery and they said my records were sent on 22nd March. So there's little else I can do now but wait it seems. I will probably give my AFCO another call begining of June.
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  9. Just another update on this. I have just had an email from my AFCO advising me that it has been referred to the SMO(SE). Possibly the worst possible news. I cannot afford to wait another 6 months, given I turn 25 in November. Gutted.

    As you said "up to 6 months" hopefully it's only a further 1 month delay. I have asked my AFCO for a time frame so hopefully he will get back to me with some positive news for a change!

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