RAF Application - Medical Rejection, want to appeal Watch

RaptorJebus
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Was hoping to get some perspective, I recently applied to join the RAF as an Intelligence Officer. After the P2 presentation I received a letter from Dept. Occ. Medicine at Cranwell saying that my application has been closed because I said I have had knee pain in the last 12 months.

Perhaps this is me taking the question too literally e.g. if I do a Tough Mudder, bang my knee on something etc then there will be a sensation of pain ergo yes, I will have experienced pain in the last 12 months but nothing that would have required going to the doctor or even the use of Nurofen. I also have had a head injury (no symptoms as per the form, just a scar from where the object that hit me broke the skin) though no feedback was provided around this issue.

I intend on appealing this though on going through some of the notes I've been able to get form my doctor so far (the last time I had knee related physio was Feb 2013) I've been reminded of another issue I'd long since forgotten about which is the fact back in 2011 I had an xray which revealed a foreign object in the soft tissue of my knee.

Thing is, I've never had a problem with my right knee as a direct result of the presence of this object. The discovery of it utterly confused the people doing the xray and the specialist I saw afterwards suggested that as it's fully encapsulated by scar tissue it can't move and that surgery to remove could be more detrimental than just leaving it.

In short, with respect to being symptom free from knee pain requiring medical attention or pain that is persistant I believe I meet being symptom free for more than 12 months as per my feedback. However, in appealing I feel it would be wrong to not volunteer the information about my right knee.

Ideally, I'd like to hear that I could reapply in 12 months but the realist in me thinks that to volunteer the information will result in a reply to the effect of "You are determined permenantly below the medical standards required...."

Feel this is somewhat damned if I do/damned if I don't e.g. to appeal (or cause a fuss), without volunteering the information will lead to greater scrutiny of my medical history which will reveal the issue anyway (but in my mind, waste the RAF's time in getting to that point) and thus a rejection or I can do what I feel is the right and proper thing to do and get the same result.

WWTSR do?
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Nobody here can give definitive answers, we're not qualified, we don't know the exact rules nor have your full medical history. Anything you do get from people will be speculative so please remember that and take any 'answers' with a pinch of salt.

Having said that, I broadly agree with your conclusion. Yes, I think you may have taken that first question a little literally, but yes, I also agree that in requesting a do-over you leave yourself open to more penetrating questions which could result again in a no.

However, if you don't try, you'll never know. Getting a definitive no answer is better than that lingering doubt in your head saying "what if...?".
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(Original post by RaptorJebus)
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Appeal the left knee. Forget the right knee. They've already had their chance to look at that.
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Appeal left knee. Find out more about the object in the right knee. Could your initial training and the perhaps intense
physical training affect the object in the right knee? could you worsen the problem and end up
disabled or end up with a perm injury if you did pertain to the physical regime. Best bet would be to speak
to specialist orthopaedic surgeon, if you can't afford a consultation with a private one, I personally would take
in any details I could about the type of physical stuff you might be doing in the RAF and ask him or her straight.

If you do decide to disclose, perhaps seek a medical report (might cost a few quid) with an opinion, if the
ortho thinks you would be ok, that might persuade the RAF doctors.
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