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Medical Appeal advice

Spike0412

Newbie
Hi a little help please. My son failed his medical a few weeks ago on his peak flow and balance test. His peak flow was 480 he is 6ft 5 we know this is low, he has never had asthma or any chest condition, we went out and bought a peak flow meter and he is hitting 500. The balance test involved facing a wall with one finger on, bending one knee underneath and on the leg your standing on lift your toes of the ground.
First of all, he received his letter yesterday it doesn't actually say anything about the reason he failed, just that they are unable to offer him a position as he does not meet the medical standards. Is it worth getting a second opinion regarding his lung capacity, then appealing. and what about the balance test it seems a very strange way to evaluate balance. Is it worth appealing or are we wasting our time
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
If he can produce irrefutable medical evidence from qualified medical specialists that categorically disproves the written stated reason for being found unfit for service, then it's certainly worthwhile considering an appeal...but:

Firstly, your son needs to find out, in writing, the precise reasons he was knocked-back. If he's 18 or over, it's his business because there could well be a reason he does not wish to declare to his parents - Hell, he may not even want to join in the first place! This happens more frequently than many would like to think.

Secondly, when writing to find out the specific details for his medical rejection, he needs to simultaneously enquire whether this is a permanent bar or under what specific parameters he may later be considered medically suitable for service.

A couple of tips: The Peak Flow meter reading can often be a matter of technique giving artificially low readings. The "balance" issue needs looking into more thoroughly - he needs to find out what the tests were called and what the acceptable parameters are for entry.

In any event, be aware it may well cost money to accrue the required acceptable medical expert evidence and an appeal may just turn out to be an expensive endorsement of the original decision.

Good luck to him.
 

bellis95

Badgeman
I failed due to low peak flow readings and after going to the doctor to get evidence that my breathing etc was fine I launched an appeal which I won and am not back on track to join! Been caught in SC clearance backlog now though and have been waiting nearly 5 months for a clearance..
 

Spike0412

Newbie
Thank you Bellis95, that gives us a bit hope. we are currenltly waiting for confirmation from the FEMO Dr as to exactly why he failed. As his navy careers person couldn't tell use due to data protection! We asked two weeks ago.He is also waiting for an appointment for a full lung function test
 

bellis95

Badgeman
I had my Doctor write a letter aswell to get with the readings which I think helped a lot, it cost £15 but was worth itfor winning the appeal!
 

Spike0412

Newbie
They upheld the medical decision, my son is gutted. He went for a full lung function test which came back that his lung were only working 80%. Which they say indicated an underlying problem. I really feel for him he had his heart set on the navy from the age of 14. He called the RFA who said they wouldn't accept an application due to this to. He has given up hope now so looking into merchant navy and applying for cadetships although this is proving difficult to.
 
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