As long as your prescription meets the minimum standard for entry and is taken less than twelve months prior to entry there's nothing to appeal. If the eyetest is outside the accepted paramenters for your chosen branch or the test is over 12 months old, the only way to appeal is if you undergo a further test that meets the required standard.
- Really not sure what to do.
Due to a monumental F-up over a year a ago my eye sight is now constantly being tested.
When joining the RN I went for my opticians and they failed me. But i new it was not as bad as what they were saying. So i went again a few weeks later and they passed me (only just with VA3).
Anyway, recently I was told that because I had failed one they wanted me to do it again. Why they could have not asked a year ago I dont know but ok, never mind. So I went and had it done again and passed...again.
I submitted my forms Monday and then today I was told that due to the date of the test (i.e. 4 days ago) they were sending me forms to do it AGAIN. This is actually not to bad, but for the fact I go away on xmas holiday soon. And while I called Boots, they are full for the next 2 weeks.
So I cant do diddly squat until I get back around the 7/8th
But i was told if I dont get it done then I dont get in.
Is there anything I can do to appeal this, or do I just have to wait until I get back?
So what do I do?
the RN medical team is saying if i dont do it again (and pass) then I am not in.
If the situation is as cut and dried as that, the answer is simple : you go and get the test done again.
The local Boots can't be the only place locally that can do an eyesight test surely? As far as I'm aware they send you to Boots for your official test because the RN has an account and you don't have to pay on the day.
Check with your AFCO, or indeed Ninja_Stoker, if you can provide a test from any official optician's. If you can, just look around until you find one that can fit you in and pay the 25 quid or whatever they charge.
So what do I do?
I admit i am borderline and terrified that if I take this test again then I will fail it and thats it over. A year wasted.
The test was within a year so therefore I should have passed but the RN medical team is saying if i dont do it again (and pass) then I am not in.
Look, if you fail its beyond anything you can do. Accept it wasn't to be and open the next chapter to your life. A year wasted!!! Surely not. Haven't you been training - getting fit. Practicing for your interviews? If not then yes. A year wasted.
Putting all your hopes into one career will only end in disappointment. Its like money/investments - never put all your eggs into one basket.
I know this comes across harsh but al too often people put their hopes into one thing and end up with their hopes and aspirations dashed. Look around - not everyone is in the Navy and they are getting on with life.
Life too short to worry about just one career. Have a look and see what other work is around that meet your needs. Destiny is what it is. Doors close - another opens.
I know you are tying to help but well....
I would have been getting fit regardless of if I was joining the navy or not, i joined a gym and bootcamp before I even thought of the Navy as a career.
As for interviews, I had a job, i was working, I didnt need to practice interviews.
I never did put all eggs in 1 basket, but what am i supposed to do when the Navy has offered me the job, just not tell my company and not turn up to work on the 15th? And if the RN had said that because my eye sight was borderline and I would need to do the check again if I got accepted then I probably would not have taken the risk to continue my application. But they decided not to tell me.
My point is, is that the RN could have asked me at any time to have gotten my eyes checked again, but they wait until after they have offered me the position. They cant just screw with peoples lives like this. I could have understood if it was something outside of their control, such as I broke my leg and the RN is like "sorry, but we cant really offer you a position with a broken leg" or if I had lied on my form.
But I have been completely open on my medical form, this is a mistake on their part to have not asked to get my eyes double checked 8 months ago. I have followed the rules, and done everything they asked and could now get royally screwed over.
Anyway I find out my results in a couple of hours but a change of 0.25 over 8 months (which is very likely) and I am out.
I'm not sure that a change of 0.25 in your eyesight prescription is "very likely" in the normal course of events.
My eye exam back in April gave me a 5.75 and 6.0. 1 year before I had the checked for new glasses and was 4.75 and 4.75. A change of 1 and 1.25 in 1 year. A change of 0.25 is not highly unlikely in my case which is why if I was told I would need to re-do my eye test I would not have pursued my application. I also did ask if I would need to do it again and was told No.