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    Hi everyone,

    Does anyone know what the Royal Navy's policy is on hayfever for pilots and observers. I hear the Navy is more slack on some requirements but is this so for hayfever suffer's??
    Thanks for any help!!
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    I don't know, but I'm sure the RN's careers website does. Being that it genuinely affects flying, I wouldn't be surprised if their attitude was the same as the air force's.
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    (Original post by Elmlea)
    I don't know, but I'm sure the RN's careers website does. Being that it genuinely affects flying, I wouldn't be surprised if their attitude was the same as the air force's.

    See this is the thing.....does hayfever actually affect flying! noo way, well i guess they think people will control it with tablets one of which the side affects could be drowsiness...although you can get 'non-drowsy' tablets. Hum can't find it on the RN website, but ta for the suggestion!
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    There aren't many Boots outlets in the middle of Afghanistan; where you'd be expected to fly in an unpressurised aircraft above 10 000ft. If you've never experienced the effects that blocked sinuses have on you in a descent, then you don't want to, believe me. Trust me, hayfever affects flying.

    The issue isn't drowsiness, it's the effects of mucus buildup through your system; sneezing, blockages etc. It may be perfectly treatable with tablets, but they can't guarantee to have them available on deployments, hence you're undeployable.
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    You cannot join with hayfever. You may have hayfever once you are a serving Pilot, but not to join.
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    Of course hayfever effects flying, if it didn't then you could join with it. When you're flying at 20,000 feet in a FJ you need a clear sinus system. Even having a slight cold will ground you from flying. Also, being medicated while flying needs to be monitored. Many medications will stop you from flying solo.
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    Is it just pilot or does hayfever affect chances of other careers in the RAF (not including aircrew!) ???
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    Ask your AFCO and look at the orange coloured forms which I don't have to hand right now. Depends on how severe your hayfever is. I certainly wouldn't want an ATC looking after me if he couldn't even see his charts due to a runny nose and eyes.
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    (Original post by in_your_head)
    Is it just pilot or does hayfever affect chances of other careers in the RAF (not including aircrew!) ???
    I have mild hayfever (ie itchy eyes for a couple of months in the summer). After submitting a medical form the only branches I couldn't apply for were pilot, physical training and intelligence (bearing in mind I'm shortsighted too). Air Traffic, and Fighter control were fine...

    I hope you find a career you want. Good Luck
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    (Original post by valu)
    I have mild hayfever (ie itchy eyes for a couple of months in the summer). After submitting a medical form the only branches I couldn't apply for were pilot, physical training and intelligence (bearing in mind I'm shortsighted too). Air Traffic, and Fighter control were fine...

    I hope you find a career you want. Good Luck

    Thanks very much,

    well i just got my navy forms through then post and it says hayfever with and without a weeze so fingers crossed for me...i've never had a weeze!
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    (Original post by *Jude*)
    Thanks very much,

    well i just got my navy forms through then post and it says hayfever with and without a weeze so fingers crossed for me...i've never had a weeze!
    What...I would take that as if you have hayfever, either with or without a wheeze then you cannot apply.
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    (Original post by valu)
    I have mild hayfever (ie itchy eyes for a couple of months in the summer). After submitting a medical form the only branches I couldn't apply for were pilot, physical training and intelligence (bearing in mind I'm shortsighted too). Air Traffic, and Fighter control were fine...

    I hope you find a career you want. Good Luck
    Are you allowed to apply for WSO and WSOp?

    Let us know how you got on Jude- im in the same boat!
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    (Original post by BlackHawk)
    Ask your AFCO and look at the orange coloured forms which I don't have to hand right now. Depends on how severe your hayfever is. I certainly wouldn't want an ATC looking after me if he couldn't even see his charts due to a runny nose and eyes.
    humm any chance i can get these forms online?, sounds like i could do with them but my AFCO is miles away!
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    No, check www.raf.mod.uk - it tells you to go to your AFCO, you are gonna have to go there at some point anyway, and that attitude will be frowned upon by many members there, and on here. Ullevi, as WSO, you will be flying too, so hayfever is the same as Pilot.
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    (Original post by *Jude*)
    humm any chance i can get these forms online?, sounds like i could do with them but my AFCO is miles away!
    Consider it the first hurdle. It's not the sort of career offered on a plate, after all....
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    (Original post by djmarkmclachlan)
    No, check www.raf.mod.uk - it tells you to go to your AFCO, you are gonna have to go there at some point anyway, and that attitude will be frowned upon by many members there, and on here. Ullevi, as WSO, you will be flying too, so hayfever is the same as Pilot.

    All right... chill out. I wouldn't call it an attitude, if can get information online as opposed to travelling a fair way to my careers office surely thats just common sense? Nevertheless i shall phone up.
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    (Original post by *Jude*)
    All right... chill out. I wouldn't call it an attitude, if can get information online as opposed to travelling a fair way to my careers office surely thats just common sense? Nevertheless i shall phone up.
    Dunno; with so few people getting in nowadays, surely you want maximum face time with your AFCO so they learn who you are and put more effort into your application...?
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    agree with the above. Get known by face it works wonders. They are more likely to go that extra mile for a face with a personality rather than another typed email.
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    Especially if you bring them cakes.
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    (Original post by InaSpin)
    agree with the above. Get known by face it works wonders. They are more likely to go that extra mile for a face with a personality rather than another typed email.

    Ahh well i don't have the choice to just pop in annoyingly, for officer entry the guy only comes in every couple of months from the larger branch into my local one, but i am going in to see him every time he comes.
 
 
 
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