medical appeal

Does anyone know how long it takes to appeal a medical decision. We have sent off the letter and supporting evidence to the Navy afco also what is the process please

thanks in advance


War Hero
Once your AFCO receives your letter of appeal, you should receive a letter of acknowledgement which outlines the process. If you have not received acknowledgement, just give them a ring.


War Hero
It varies. The current vogue appears to be an automatic knee-jerk appeal if the individual doesn't agree with the medical standard for entry, which is not open for negotiation. Valid appeals with supporting evidence to dispute diagnosis get snarled-up in the burgeoning trend for appealing the un-appealable unfortunately, so 6-8 weeks is not uncommom.

Good luck.
My son was rejected due to having two courses of steroids as a young child at age 3 and 5 he is now ages 17 and had no problems since. We have spoken to our g.p he has provided supporting evidence that they was prescribed purely as a precautionary measure and this was sent off three weeks ago. During the navy medical the doctor stated the decision was due to the fact he had chosen to serve if successful in his application on the submarines so fingers crossed if not it was worth the try for him to follow his dreams


This issue has been covered ad infinitum in this forum and I'm not going to repeat it again.

It is always worth stating, though, that the opinion of a civilian GP or hospital specialist is not terribly relevant to whether or not your son gets a medical pass. Said GP has no knowledge of our entry standards and therefore is in no position to give an opinion, no matter how well intentioned.

And the evidence base for "precautionary" steroids is, erm, nil so they shouldn't have been prescribed in the first place if that was the case. I've never heard of precautionary steroids in a child so I very much doubt if that is the case.

That being said, I'd be surprised if you have problems with the appeal.

A moderately peeved medical officer tonight

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Hi there.... What was the outcome of this please?
I hope he got in and everything was OK at the appeal
I am in exactly the same position and preparing my appeal now with evidence from my GP
It's my life long dream so it's heartbreaking
I really hope you get this message
Thanks in advance
Good morning
I hope you don't mind me asking, however I am in the same position re Prednisolone at age 6 and 8
I am currently appealing......

I just wondered why you said you would be ' surprised if he had a problem with the appeal'
Thanks in advance


War Hero
Regarding your "exactly the same position", one assumes you are referring to post #6 with regard steroid treatment for severe asthma?

If so the post was made a couple of years ago but again, the medical standards for entry are non-negotiable in the case of specific treatments. Unless the person was able to prove the medication was wrongly prescribed or the symptoms mis-diagnosed, it would be unlikely to be over-turned unfortunately.
I had the same problem with p8 due to two courses of Prednisolone after age 5
One for asthma
Other for chest infection
Still medically unfit after appeal
Devastated doesn't cover it
Anyone else have same problem?
Tri service I believe?
Hi all,

Is 6-8 weeks for an appeal still a reasonable estimate?

Passed my medical last year, passed POC, passed AIB, but wasn't selected for the RMYO batch 2016. Before looking at other options had to renue my medical, they picked up microscopic haematuria. Found PMU, but was given a list of tests to have done to appeal it. Was hoping to start training with the RMR at the start of October, the medical board have had the appeal (including all the evidence to tests detailed by Capita - all fine) for 5 weeks, but looks like I'll miss the window.

POC is only valid till end of the year so for the next intake I'll have to do PRMC, not the end of the world. Black Tuesday is good for the soul.

Any info, much appreciated.

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