What are my chances!?

Discussion in 'Joining Up - Royal Navy Recruiting' started by GuyC, Apr 8, 2009.

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  1. I've done and passed everything to date.
    But, i've been pulled up on medical history, 9 years ago I had short spate of depression which involved minor self harm. This was initially dismissed due to how long ago it was and never suffered from this since.
    The doctor that saw me in the medical said this shouldn't be a problem, but since seeing him have been told its been referred to Portsmouth to be reviewed, as need to follow procedure.
    Is this the end of road for me?
    I'm still very committed to joining the RN (as submariner), just don't know where to go from here?
    I feel if anything my character is stronger since over coming this, and have never felt any inclination to even consider it; to be honest, idea of it now disgusts me.
    I'm more frustrated that past has come to haunt me!
    But its in their hands now.

    I appreciate the RN have to be wary of this, and knew it would be brought up, but i thought it had already been addressed.

    I'm just going to hold tight till i hear back from my AFCO, but any advice would be greatly appreciated.
  2. I'm on the same thing, but because of a skin graft. I think Sanitarium also had a referall.

    I've spoken to the AFCO numerous times and they said it's procdure that needs to be followed. I get the impression it's so that if something does go wrong, you can't turn around and sue the doctor that did your medical.

    It's just a waiting game.
  3. Yes, i do get the impression its a lot of them just covering their own ass' but its just annoying as it delays the already extensive process further.

    Oh well - fingers crossed.
    Hope you get the outcome you want as well :)
  4. To be honest GuyC. As you declared your problem it may be as they say a procedure they have to follow.

    I'd be more worried if they discovered it and you had not declared it.

    None of us can give you the answer you seek, which is confirmation it won't stop your entry. We aren't medical men/women/those in between!!!

    LikeDr. Z said 'a waiting game'.
  5. Hi Guy,

    Basically once you have been for your AFCO Medical exam, if the Dr. is not happy with what they have seen/heard, they will then forward it on for a specialist medical opinion from the Navies Surgeon down in Portsmouth. The Spec meds are currently taking quiet sometime to be processed as he is a one man band. That said they are bringing in extra staff to try and clear the back log. If you have been waiting longer than 4 months (Since medical) get your office to given him a nudge.

    With regards to whether you will still get in, as previously said we are not medical experts, so there is no way we can give you a definate answer. However, I've been recruiting for over 7 years and I have had some people with similar to your own mecial background who have been accepted, I have also had some that have been turned down either for a period of time or forever.

    I hope everything goes well for you and that you get your wish to join the Andrew.



  6. When I joined up years and years ago now. I was also referred after my medical exam it delayed me but never prevented me. So you never know! Think positive
  7. Hi GuyC, I had a referal before xmas, something to do with my little finger and a weapon, I waited until Feb then phoned my AFCO for a situation report. They said the same - paperwork in Pompey, back log with the Medical Staff etc.
    My age came into play with the process and I finally got a decision that all was ok. Passed PJFT last week and now await security clearance and my date to go.
    It is tough waiting but it will be worth it. :D
  8. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    To re-iterate what SM has stated above, it depends when the incident occurred, how long ago it was, how many times it happened, what the nature of the incident was, what treatment was needed afterward etc., etc.

    That being the case, it's best left to the medical experts in this area, as stated.

    Best of luck.
  9. My brother passed his medical and he had similar issues.
  10. Yes, the RN really needs potential psychological hand grenades amongst it's recruits. :roll:
    Have you heard of Deepcut?

    Get used to waiting, hanging around and twiddling your thumbs, you'll be doing heaps of it at various times in your RN career, it's character building.
  11. Is it seriously one SMO dealing with referrals from 30+ AFCOs? :eek:

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