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Would like to join but on anti depressants.

Slhslh

Newbie
Hi,

So I've been trying to find out more information on this forum about how long you have to have been off anti depressants to join RN.

I've had an interest in joinIng the Royal Navy for almost four years. Never plucked up the courage at that time to go for it. I'm 27, female, on anti depressants, due to low mood. I believe I wouldn't be deemed medically fit to join which is fair enough. I finished CBT a year ago, and I am still using anti depressants which I want to come off regardless as I no longer need them.

Would that mean I am barred from joining the RN altogether, or for up to 2 or 3 years being clean of the anti depressants? Struggling to find the answer.

Thanks
 

huwshpis

War Hero
I'm afraid you're asking a forum that doesn't at the moment have anyone qualified to give a medical opinion.
Your best bet is to contact your local Armed Forces Careers Office and ask them. One member of this forum, @Ninja_Stoker, used to be a Naval Recruiter but has since moved on to other duties. He may be able to add to what I've said, but I suspect that he will echo my observation - check with the AFCO.
 

soleil

War Hero
Hi,

So I've been trying to find out more information on this forum about how long you have to have been off anti depressants to join RN.

I've had an interest in joinIng the Royal Navy for almost four years. Never plucked up the courage at that time to go for it. I'm 27, female, on anti depressants, due to low mood. I believe I wouldn't be deemed medically fit to join which is fair enough. I finished CBT a year ago, and I am still using anti depressants which I want to come off regardless as I no longer need them.

Would that mean I am barred from joining the RN altogether, or for up to 2 or 3 years being clean of the anti depressants? Struggling to find the answer.

Thanks

I think that there might be something to be gained if you were to proceed to the online Expression of Interest stage of the application process, Slhslh. This is the very earliest stage of an application but there will be a point where you are asked to provide details of your medical history and this is when you will begin to get the most accurate idea about your eligibility to join from a medical perspective.

It may be that your case is one which will have to be reviewed by the Service Medical Authorities but this is something you will only really find out from inside the system.

Careers Advisors are told that they are not to comment on, advise or guide candidates on their medical suitability for entry and so I suspect that the ones in the AFCO will ask you to engage with the online recruitment system.

Do you know which role appealed to you most when you looked at the website?
 
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