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  1. hi, i am 15 and want to join the rn, the only problem is that when i was 13 i had an operation and have had two screws inserted in each of my hips as i had a 'slipped upper efmereral ephifisis' its basically where your ball joint in your hip slides. I couldnt do sport for 1 year but now play rugby and football and have got etremely strong fitness levels, i get no pain or disomfort at all and i cant feel them there, but i was wondering if this would rule me out of the navy, please could i have your views and suggestions thanks matt
  2. Should be alright as long as your pins are stainless steel (naval grade 316) otherwise you will have no chance as you will play havoc with the compass.

    Check with your local recruiting office, they’ll put you straight.
    Good luck.

  3. Ask the AFCO when the time comes. AIUI you will need a service orthopaedic opinion before proceeding.

  4. On my entry requirements it said any internal fixation of joints rules you out of entry, but check with AFCO
  5. hi on the navy website it says 'a joint disorder' well i get no discomfort and can comfortably run 3 miles. so i hope i am ok thanks
  6. If you're comfortable with sport and running then it would make sense that you should be suitable for service in the RN. However you will appreciate that the medical staff must look at the possible longer term effects of your injury and subsequent operation before clearing you.

    I recommend that you discuss it with the careers office and if necessary, get some form of documentation from your surgeon to lay out the facts.

    The guys and girls on this site can offer advice but unless one of them is a surgeon or working in the Careers Office the information cannot be taken as absolute.

    Good luck.

  7. If they do have a problem with it when you do your medical - DONT GIVE UP!!!!.

    Go over his head and ask for a medical referal to a RN specialist.

    There is so much written in the medical rule book about who can and cant join its untrue.

    If you can prove that you're medically fit then you should (in most cases) be ok.

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