Medical - BMI

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  1. Hi all,
    I read on the Navy site that a healthy BMI is a must to pass the medical.
    I'm 16 and my BMI is about 26 I believe, when 25 is the max 'healthy' figure.
    I would like to know if it must be 25 and below, and if that doesn't apply to under 18s or whatever the situation is on it, so I can sort it out.
    I am fit enough to complete the fitness test and have been doing so in about 10 mins.
    I am aiming to join as an officer, but to first acquire a sixth form scholarship (hence my application beginning at 16)

    Thanks for any advice,
  2. I myself did ask the AFCO what would happen if you went for your medical and everything was okay except your BMI was slightly above 25 (personally, mine is 27). I asked if you would be failed or passed temporary unfit and ordered to lose the weight in x time, the reply I got was "I don't know how that side of things work"

    I think you would be passed temp. unfit, however you might get a better answer from your AFCO (unless you speak to the same geezer as I did!)

    It's written in the HM Naval Service Eligibility Guidelines that your BMI must be 25 or below and there's no mention of any exceptions.
  3. When I had my Capita medical about 18 months ago my BMI was calculated to be just over 25, and the doctor took a waist measurement before passing me fit. I don't know what the parameters are, but I guess this accounts for those that are naturally muscular rather than carrying extra fat.

    Oh - and as suggested, I'm aware of people that have been declared Temporarily Medically Unfit and told to go away and lose some weight (or gain some height I suppose). Again, I'm not sure of the parameters.
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  4. With a heavy health warning (no pun intended) that it may not be accurate I have just found a copy of BR3 (Jun 14) online (handy to have it accessible again).

    It says:

    0705. Physical Standards for Candidates - Weight
    The standards for entry regarding weight are contained in JSP 346. A candidate's weight should not normally
    vary from the average by more than 25% (Aircrew by no more than 15%). Candidates must have a minimum body mass index of 18 (see JSP 950, Chapter 2 (JSP 346, Leaflet 2, Annex C) for further clarification).
    BMI Standards.
    Using the information provided by candidates in their completed AFCO Form 4, BMI should be checked us
    ing TAFMIS or the calculator provided.
    Acceptable range is:
    (1) For candidates under 18 years of age, BMI between 17 and 27 inclusive.
    (2) For all other candidates, BMI between 18 and 28 inclusive.
    (3) Exceptionally, candidates who fall outside of these criteria, yet in the
    judgement of the CA will meet the new entry fitness standards, must be referred
    to CNR-Ops MM SO3 to authorise a waiver. This will allow the candidate to
    proceed to medical assessment, where further checks will be conducted in
    accordance with more detailed medical entry standards

    PS - Google is your friend.
  5. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    It may well be but the PMO at Raleigh won't be if you arrive at HMS Raleigh with a BMI outside the NHS healthy zone. We are seeing a huge increase in medical discharges from recruits arriving at new entry training establishments who mistakenly think they will be OK.
  6. Ok great thanks for the advice everyone, I will keep up the fitness work and so my BMI should naturally decrease anyway, but it looks like I should be just about OK for the moment. My medical is in a few weeks so we will see how it goes. I understand the issue of fitness, but i think that building further on my current fitness should prepare me for the further training, and I already know I can pass the initial fitness test with ease; its all mental,
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  7. So good news, I passed all the tests, now they just need some details from my GP, and then the fitness test. Thanks for the advice everyone!
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  8. Good stuff, if i were you make sure you chase your GP as much as possible. Capita needed info from my GP and it took weeks for them to forward the info needed on. Don't feel like you are mithering them, at the end of the day it is your career not theirs.
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  9. Thanks! I will. Want to get things moving along ASAP
  10. I second that!

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  11. Probably a ridiculous question however once your GP has sent stuff back to Capita, from then how long does it normally take for them to notify the AFCO?
  12. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    It takes a couple of weeks because the Occupational Health specialist needs to check it out before forwarding to the Capita Doctor & then notifying your AFCO by email to book a follow-up medical.

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