Hello I'm interested in joining RN but...

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  1. Hello I'm Super_Duck and I'm interested in joining the RN.


    I'm worried about my medical history for something when I was age 7, and don't want to get my hopes up and then later on find out I cant join because of something stupid in my medical history.

    I had 3 different fits when I was age 7 and they couldn't find out what it was, so they put it down as epilepsy, they gave me tablet medication but I stopped taking on my own accord. I'm fit and healthy and now age 20 I have had no medical problems since then.

    I cant seem to find a phone number on the RN website that I can contact regards to my medical history eligibility.

    I would very appreciate if any one can help me...

    I'm 20 years old and need to get on the career ladder, once and for all.

    Thanks for reading,


  2. I would have thought your best bet is to get to your careers office, explain this and ask the Medical Officer to check over your medical file, the Medical Officer's word is gospel as far as I'm aware on entries, so don't get your hopes up or down until he has seen your file.

    Although hopefully one RumRation's Careers Office hard workers will be along soon to confirm or rubbish what I have just said!

    Best of Luck, what would you like to do in the Royal Navy?
  3. Potemtial Officer is right Medical questions should only be a thing between you and your Doctor or the Medical Officer who does your entry medical it would be wrong to raise or dash your hopes and im pretty sure like many rum rationers would not try to do so but hope it goes well
  4. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Again, that's exactly what I'd say.

    The Medical Guidance notes (on the AFCO Form 5) state the following, BUT, regardless of how you may interpret it, speak to the Medical examiner as advised:

    Neurological disorders

    Ongoing nervous system disease. Epilepsy or more than one Seizure/fit after
    the age of 5 (although Benign Rolandic epilepsy is acceptable). Single seizure/fit
    within the last 5 years. Multiple sclerosis. Complications following head injury.
    Hydrocephalus (with or without shunt). Severe or recurrent headache (including

    Hope all goes well and again, ask the person that makes the decision rather than assume.
  5. ''Epilepsy or more than one Seizure/fit after the age of 5''

    That don't sound good :(

    I will still try, and when I find out, I will let you guys know on this thread.

    Thanks for your replys :)
  6. Ive just read this from another thread.

    Because the RN only has ''o You suffer from Epilepsy'' and it don't say the same as the army which is ''Epilepsy or more than one seizure/fit after the age of 5'' does that mean the RN don't go by the Army one?

    If thats true then I might be lucky?-

    What you guys think?
  7. Hi,

    Really just to back up what has been said by all the above. Your best bet to get a definate answer is to pop into your nearest AFCO and get them to put you infront of a Naval Medical officer. That way you will know once and for all if you are eligable

    Hope it all works out for you

    Best wishes

    Neil - Supermario

  8. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Yep as Neil says, the Official websites (or here) are not the official reference source, merely for general guidance. In broad terms the Medical standards for entry are the same for all 3 services
  9. Ok guys I understand, thanks for your help.

    Do you know what stage in the recruiting process, you have to send off to your GP for your medical history?

    Is it near the beginning, at the end?

  10. Hi again,

    You don't need to get your medical history from your GP.

    When you have the medical with our Medical examiner, they will ask you about your medical history. If they think there is a particular condition that requires further investigation, then they will probably contact your GP or send you for a Specialist medical.

    Best of luck

    Neil - Supermario

  11. I asked careers office 6 months ago first thing about my self harm jobo, as long as you have not took medication (for the thought I was psychotic too) then there should be no problems, Ive got a good plan at the moment to solve my problem but its best to actually talk to the MO if possible dude.
  12. I have just read this and then looked up Benign Rolandic epilepsy.
    And this has made me, have hope! :wav:

    Because I would say my symtoms what I had when I was 7 is no worse then the symptoms of the Benign Rolandic epilepsy.

    I remember my mum saying that they couldnt find out what it was so they just put it down as epilepsy. I'm am 20 now, so maybe they didnt know about this type back then? I just hope they have it down as that now!

    But if this is the case then why did the PARAS reject me? Or dont the ARMY accept Benign Rolandic epilepsy....

    I have still not applied, I lost hope after reading that I didnt have much hope. But I still really want to do this, and thats why I started reading about it again, and I am going to apply anyway. I am going to start revising for the psychometric test before I apply, so I have a good chance passing first time!

    I know I wont get a deffo answer untill I see the RN Med. But I am generally interested :thumright:

    Any info Doc's Appreciated
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