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Discussion in 'Health & Fitness' started by daviesl5, Jul 31, 2010.

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  1. I am hoping to join the navy to study as either a medical officer or warfare officer (depending on my prospective grades). However, i have a slight deformity in my left leg, that throws my leg slightly to the side. Specifically I have a valgus deformity at the knees, more commonly known as being knock knee'ed on one side. I was wondering if this would affect my joining the Royal navy in any way, as I can assure you it does not affect my phyisical fitness in any way. Unfortunately though I know the standard by which the Navy employs. If anyone with recruiting,prior experience or more helpfully is involved in the medical check up. could you inform me if amd how this could affect my career.

    Lauren
     
  2. Hi Lauren

    Welcome to Rum Ration!

    We have a resident RN Medical Officer on Rum Ration, who does questions like this, so I have asked him to look at your question when he next does a ward round.
     
  3. Thank you.
     
  4. Hello and welcome from me as well. And may I say how nice it is to have two Lauren Davies' join in the same week.
     
  5. Hello and welcome from me as well. And may I say how nice it is to have two Lauren Davies' join in the same week.[/quote]

    Ha, yeah it seems were everywhere. I swear
     
  6. Wouldn't this have been better to have been posted in the health and fitness section? I'm trying to work out what site issue you have.
     
  7. janner

    janner War Hero Book Reviewer

    Dual personality?
     
  8. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    I'm sure angrydoc will be able to advise in this specialist area, certainly I haven't a clue.... however curiosity has got the better of me - if it's only in one knee- what does it knock against?
     
  9. Ha, the other leg. When my feet are slightly apart one leg is straight the left one is bent at the knee, so both by knees are still touching. Hence the knock knee'ed nickname. Hope that curds your curiosity.
     
  10. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Ah, gotcha. Didn't realise you had a right leg too.

    Thanks.
     
  11. yeah, that might be something to mention, in terms of passing the medical ha. Having one leg, yeah that wont affect my fitness at all send me on out.
     
  12. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    There is a serving Royal Marine Officer who chose to have his lower leg amputated after an injury because he knew if it was 'fused' he would face medical discharge.

    He went on to undertake the Commando annual tests with a prosthetic limb & now serves on active duty.

    It's probably worth stating that the standards for entry differ from the standards for retention, but if ever anyone needed inspiration, there's your man: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/devon/3965235.stm

    Best of luck.
     
  13. What a great man, i wasnt saying that people couldnt serve with injuries like that. Just that it would be quite hard to get through the selection process with one leg, I just dont know how strict they are in terms of medical tests.
     
  14. Right - apols for my slow reply.

    From your rather badly worded post, I presume you are currently studying for A levels. The RN will not look at medical cadets until they are in medical school, so that's your first hurdle. Once in medical school, you can then apply to become a medical cadet - not sure what the ratio is but it's pretty competitive.

    What concerns me is the fact you want to be either a Medical Officer or a Warfare Officer. Completely different jobs with completely different educational requirements and interests. Medicine you are looking at AAA in science / maths based A levels - Warfare is significantly lower. In addition, and more importantly, being a doctor is a hell of a lot more than just having the appropriate A levels - it is hard work, antisocial hours and requries a lot of personal time committment - unless you are really "into it" then you won't cut it. Once qualified you need to complete basic competencies in your first 2 years then compete for a training post in whatever specialty you choose. This will involve completing audits and writing papers. You will then need to study for examinations to become a Member of a Royal College - pass rates (not marks!) are typically about 40-50% and exams are around £300-400 a go. Once you have those you need to do loads more research, get it published, and do more exams. Add this to about 10 years post-qualification and you may apply for a consultant interview - job is not guaranteed. This is all in addition to your "normal" work (ie 0800-1800 Mon-Fri; usually 1 weekend in 2-3, depending on specialty). If you're in the Forces, this is exactly the same, with the exception of taking time out to do various military tasks.

    Regarding your knee, you are much more prone to arthritis of the affected joint, and possibly your opposite knee too as you will have altered your gait to compensate. Without seeing it, I cannot say - but you may well end up being referred for a Service orthopaedic or occupational medicine opinion.

    Advice: go and see your careers advisor at school and go on orientation days at your nearest medical school. See if it is really for you. If you're not sure then look at other options and make sure you're happy with whatever you choose. Then go to the AFCO and see what Warfare Officers do.

    Angrydoc
    RN Medical Officer
     
  15. Good job he was only a Commando, and not a Para :twisted:
     
  16. Yeah, sorry Im new to this site.
     

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