Hi everyone - Regarding RN Medical Selection.

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  1. Hi everyone - Regarding RN Medical Selection.

    I was advided to try some forums By my AFCO. said "some other people might know more than him".

    Im sort of screwed. I've passed my filter interview for the RM and completed the fitness test (just about).

    Unfortunatly i have a problem with my legs. i went through medical selection which i subsequently failed. at the time this was a big blow but i got over it and am now in a decent paying job. That was a year ago and i have found out how much i hate what it is im doing now. i always wanted to be in the RM and know i know that.

    the problem with my legs is not a handy cap, if anything it has in fact made me mentally stronger. i know i would be able to perform like anyone else.

    knowing my situation is there anyone able to give me some advice regarding turning the medical board decision round in my fav and at least giving me the chance of doing the PRMC. i have a meeting with my GP fri 17th of Oct.
  2. Hi,

    Without knowing the full story it's really hard to give an accurate answer.

    The only way you can normally change a medical decision is if your Dr can say that whatever was wrong can either be corrected or will get better. Normally if the AFCO ME is not sure they will send you for a specialist medical, but there would need to be some doubt in their mind about turning you down.

    The only other thing you could do is appeal the decision but this should only be done as a last resort and only if you truely think there are grounds for an appeal. You would probably need to talk that through with your Dr and your careers advisor.

    Hope this helps you in some way


  3. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Sorry to hear of your experiene.

    As Supermario says, it's a bit difficult to advise, not knowing what the condition was which resulted in your being assessed as medically unfit to serve.

    The letter usually sent from your AFCO usually advises that in order to appeal against a medical decision you must have supporting evidence from your GP or a consultant from the respective field in order for an appeal to be considered.

    Certain conditions are a complete bar to entry, others must have been trouble-free for a set period of time and others depend on the severity of the condition. It's the last category, if it applies to you, which you may appeal against unless you dispute the diagnosis of the condition itself & believe it to be something else.

    Either way, good luck.
  4. hi, ty supermario and Ninja_Stoker 4 your advice.

    I have spoken to my AFCO and there happy to put me up to the appeal board so thats good news. Anyone in the RN is simple told not to give out any information/advice regarding medical questions... So this is what i want to know - is there any chance of improving my chances for getting the answer im looking for from the medical board? Say should i have a physical diary to show my GP or sign my self up to a marathon? would i need to run it first?

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated? All i want is a chance at the PRMC. I have a meeting with my GP fri 17th of Oct.
  5. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Any evidence supporting your claim can possibly benefit, but obviously expert verification is what is needed.

    As stated, some conditions are simply a bar to entry- such as full ACL reconstruction, regardless how many marathons you intend running.

    What you cannot appeal against is a condition which is a direct bar to entry. If the condition is not a bar to entry then you may appeal but there's little to be gained by appealing against an absolute medical standard for entry which is set in concrete.
  6. Two years ago I passed all the recruitment tests to get into the Navy, but I failed the medical because I had an operation to repair my cruciate ligament in my knee.

    I am still keen to get into the Navy and am going to appeal against the decision. Can anyone give me any advice that will help me.

    Thanks :wink:
  7. As Supermario and Ninja_Stoker have said, the only thing you can appeal from a medical point of view is whether or not the diagnosis was right in the first place. For example - inhaler use as a child (very common) and whether or not as an adult you have asthma or not. You cannot appeal against a standard that we hold, as we will not change our guidance for one individual. The common example, I'm afraid, is cruiciate ligaments.

    As to the original poster, without information regarding the diagnosis I am unable to give advice. Any advice I do give is professional opinion only, and not necessarily the decision of the RN. I will, however, give you liklihoods and I think that is what you are looking for. Feel free to PM me if you like.


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