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mr2_paul

Badgeman
i have passed my RT test, interview and eye test and done my medical, but, i had to keep a peak flow diary for a month becuase i had an episode 4 years ago. after emptying a can of bug spray into my bedroom because bugs wer getting on my nerves. im not asthmatic though, and my doctor assures me that i have not been diagnosed as being an asthmatic.

the navy doctor told me that it shouldnt be a problem, but he needed to look into it further,

after that, i went to my docs to get a peak flow meter and to double check my medical history, and i was prescribed an inhaler 2 years ago.

now, i have sent my peak flow diary off, and rang the AFCO a few days later, and they told me that they suspect that it had been sent to portsmouth for them to look through. because they had not heard from the doctor.

what are the chances of me being declined?
 

GuyC

Badgeman
How long ago was it referred to Portsmouth?

I'm going through similar thing (not asthema; different query regarding my medical history) the doctor I saw in medical assured me he thought I was good to go, and told me he would recommend I was fit for service...

I'm still waiting for decision to be made!

That was 8th April (5 weeks ago). I've been ringing every week pestering my CO about it, she keeps saying I'll know as soon as she does, but doesn't harm giving call once a week.

Best of luck! Hope it works out for you!
 

Richard88

Midshipman
Same thing has happened for me, not asthma but some sort of medical fit i had when i was 6, mine got sent off in january and i've been told it could be up to 8 months
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
Generally, following a peak flow diary, a definitive decision can be made by the Medical Examiner at your AFCO.

If the peak flow readings are viewed as "borderline" the results are sent to the Senior Medical Officer (Service Entries) for a decision. Often this may involve a 'specialist medical' at the Institute of Naval Medicine in Alverstoke for a lung function test (The AFCO arranges transport & accommodation, if required).

Be aware that if the SMO(SE) cannot make a decision from the results, then it maybe a couple of months before you can be allocated an appointment in Portsmouth. There's not much to be gained ringing your AFCO during the interim unfortunately as they will contact you as soon as SMO(SE) directs the way ahead.

Rest assured many individuals attend specialist medical appointments for lung function tests and are passed fit for entry, so there's no cause for concern if you do not have asthma.

Good luck.
 

RabC

MIA
Ninja have medical standards for entry got tighter, in 83 I joined the line with half a dozen Pongos, pissed in a jar, dropped and coughed and that was that? There maybe be quite a few of us who are surprised by the number of referrals these days.
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
RabC said:
Ninja have medical standards for entry got tighter, in 83 I joined the line with half a dozen Pongos, pissed in a jar, dropped and coughed and that was that? There maybe be quite a few of us who are surprised by the number of referrals these days.

Possibly it's all to do with litigation from the irate parents of deceased trainees, but the medical standards for entry are broadly similar to when I joined 28 years ago.

As with all things, they evolve over a period of time due to "things occurring" & lessons learnt. The Army seemed to be having a thing at Lichfield during their selection courses about heart murmours not so long back, but there are always trends in "ill health" it seems. It's staggering the amount of people that now have labels attached for different conditions that never appeared to exist before- ADHD, IBS, Autism etc.

In many respects some standards have relaxed- flat feet aren't necessarily an instant bar to entry (depending on severity), Laser Surgery used to be a complete bar, now it's just a 12 month delay, etc.

The long & short of it is that, as ever, servicemen & women can expect to serve in extremes of climate, at varying altitudes & they must be able to function without the need of medication or immediately available medical care without endangering their own wellbeing or the lives of those that rely upon them.

For example imagine a patrol of Royal Marines calling in close-air support from an Apache helicopter in Afghanistan with a pilot that had a hayfever sneezing attack whist letting rip with a slack handful of hellfire missiles - not good.
 

RabC

MIA
Ninja
So a tab smoking beer swilling OD could still make it...........
Cheers for the response, maybe here we only see the small percentage that get referrals and the rest just drop and cough like us oldies.

Rab C
 
I passed my RT test yesterday and I mentioned I had asthma when i was a baby and not had it since. In novermber 2010 I suffered a really bad chest infection and had to have antibioctics and steroids to get rid of the chest infection. They worked and it cleared but i was doing a peak flow and had been prescribed an inhaler just incase I needed to use it ( which I never did ).

Im very adtive and never suffer from out of breath or wheezyness.

Can anyone tell me what the navy do ?? are they very strict on this and will i be waititng till november 2014 to be clear????? An officer told me its a 4 year period.

Thanks
 
a four year bar from entry since you were last prescribed anything for asthma its in the medical forms after your initial medical test... not allot you can do but just try your hardest prove to them there is no reason for them not to take you :)
 

finknottle

Banned
Ninja have medical standards for entry got tighter, in 83 I joined the line with half a dozen Pongos, pissed in a jar, dropped and coughed and that was that? There maybe be quite a few of us who are surprised by the number of referrals these days.


Didn't they weigh your plums in the palm of their hand then give them a little squeeze? If not you were seen off.
 
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angrydoc

Guest
I've answered this question so many times before - why don't you just search for it instead of resurrecting a 3 year old thread?
 
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