Are you sitting comfortably...? I shall try and abbreviate. I have been in the mob five years as a trainee helicopter pilot. 18 months ago I had a bad cough that was passed off as viral for several weeks. (At exactly the same time a course mate of mine had a cough with the same symptoms, saw a different doctor who gave him a course of antibiotics and his cough was resolved within a week). I went on to develop a wheeze and insisted on a second opinion. I was put on antibiotics straight away by the second MO. Too little too late, I had developed asthma that required a steroid inhaler. I also developed nasal polyps. 15 months later I was hospitalised for a rare form of pneumonia (eosinophilic) and have, last week, been told that it is chronic and will mean the end of my flying career, probably the end of my Naval career. I have two issues, primarily I want to prove that I am still fit to fly (I know it may not sound it but I actually flew through the illness for some time). It seems silly that just because they want to give me a formal diagnosis that I am all of a sudden unfit! Does anybody have any advice on appealing/preparing a case ahead of a med board? Are there any services such as support for such a situation? Secondly if I am 'ousted' is there any 'impartial' legal advice offered on compensation or do I seek that privately? Thanks in advance.