Ex Army - Diagnosed with PTSD

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  1. Ex Army - Diagnosed with PTSD looking to join RN

    Hi all,

    I'm ex Army and I was discharged in 2006 with PTSD. I have been looking at a career in the RN for a few months now and would love to join as an ME, as I kind of made a bad career move in the Army with the Infantry... My PTSD symptoms are gone, and have been for a few months, but I'm worried my AD perscription (which I never actually got in to a full course of) will stop me from joining! I am gong to the AFCO on Friday, but wondered if anyone could give me any advice??
    Last edited: Jul 10, 2013
  2. AD is the resident doc but best bet is to see what the AFCO say.
  3. Sorry, I know AD as a short term for Anti-deppresant...! I shall go and see what they say!
  4. Oh right! I see! I look forward to his reply in that case! Haha.
  5. My bad..assumption and all that.
  6. Welcome, Tom.

    How old are you?
  7. Blackrat

    Blackrat War Hero Moderator Book Reviewer

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  8. Thanks Soleil, I'm 26
  9. Thought I would ask, as ET has a slightly earlier cut-off age (30) but you are under 30 anyway.
  10. You do realise that if you join as an ME you will become a God amongst men (oh, and women), did I mention I was an ME :)
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  11. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    From an AFCO perspective, it's the medical Examiner's shout, not that of the AFCO.

    Having recently processed a guy in a similar situation recently and in order to manage realistic expectations, a medical discharge for PTSD can significantly affect future employment prospects in the Armed Forces due to the fact there is a higher than average likelihood that the circumstances or environment giving rise to the condition causing discharge could unfortunately recur.

    Obviously each case is treated upon it's individual circumstances, but the advice is to keep alternative career options ongoing whilst submitting an application to rejoin the Armed Forces to maintain fall back options if things don't go your way.

    In any event, best of luck.
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  12. The caution is in the diagnosis. If it is sound, then you are unlikely to pass the medical I'm afraid.



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