Question for those who reenlisted

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  1. Hello everyone

    [align=justify]After finaly getting into the recruitment process for the navy, I've passed my psychometric exam (Warfare Specialist) and sorted my eye examination however I was given an additional note with my eye examination papers stating that since I had served previously with the TA, my medical documents from that time would need to be released to my AFCO.

    It mentioned that it could take up to 7 months but I'm wondering what time frame does this usually take and what could I expect if problems occur? Has any veterans here had problems with getting documents released from previous service when reenlisting to different branches of the armed forces?[/align]

    Many thanks for reading this post

  2. I am pretty much in the same position ref re-joining, i have not had any problems, its more of a waiting game. I contact the AFCO once or twice a week, and pretty much get the same reply every tme i contact them, as soon as they know then i will know.
  3. Just to give you abit of info, im ex army and i first applied in January and did my RT test last week and had my eye test today. I've also got my interview tomorrow. So thats how long everything took me.
  4. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    The Army Personnel Centre, (APC, Kentigern House, Glasgow) who hold the medical records of those with former Army service can indeed take several months to produice the documents & send them to the AFCO processing the application.

    Bear in mind the Army is 3 times the size of the RN/RM with regard manpower & there is a huge backlog of requests for medical records due probably to the current financial climate & shortage of jobs.

    If you are waiting more than 3 months then possibly a letter to the APC stating a complaint may help things move forward.
  5. Are they copies NS?
  6. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    The Medical Documents are the originals.
  7. Would any complaints lodged against the APC cause problems for me in the long run ninja?
  8. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    If you feel the APC are taking a long time to produce your records- 12 weeks is a long wait for someone to find your documents, put them in an envelope & post them, then you have every right to complain. The Institute of Naval Medicine, who hold Naval Medical records, can do it in anything between 1-4 weeks on average. The APC may not like it but it may well improve the service they provide & possibly put adequate manpower where it is required to complete the task. If they are unaware they are performing inadequately, then there's only one way to make them aware of the shortcomings.

    Frankly it can become tiresome getting moaned at by ex-servicemen & women about how long it takes to process their application to re-join. We're not all perfect & mistakes are made, however the fault isn't at AFCO level in this instance.

    If you're joining the RN or RM it's hardly likely that a stiff letter sent directly to the APC will made a scrap of difference as long as it's politely worded & factually correct.

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