RAF - Failed Medical Watch

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Hello all,

I applied to join the RAF around two years ago, however I was rejected at the medical assessment stage due to my medical history. Specifically, I had nasal polyps surgically removed aged 15 and, as I'm now aware, any history of nasal polyps precludes entry to the forces.

I did not appeal the decision at the time as the medical requirements seem to be fairly black and white. That said, I am now tentatively wondering if it is worth applying again in the near future with the intention of appealing the inevitable failed medical.

Is there any precedent for appellants who have/had a condition listed online (https://www.raf.mod.uk/recruitment/m...-entry-raf.pdf) being accepted following an appeal?

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It works like this.

The Armed Forces are funded by tax payers money and have an obligation to see that money is spent responsibly.

The Armed Forces require their personnel to be fit enough to operate under arduous conditions, without the protection of office hours, and the usual civilian standards of housing, food, medical care etc etc.

The requirement for military personnel to be fit enough to service under these conditions is valid throughout their career.

There are frequent exceptions to this once people are already serving and have very expensive training or valued experience.

Because of all the above, there are a list of health conditions that preclude military service, even though they may be perfectly acceptable and unobtrusive to everyday civilian life.

If you fail the medical, you can only appeal if you think the medical board has failed to take note of something, or you find additional information that you didn't include in the first medical, but think they should review. You cannot appeal because you do not agree with their judgement.

So, all that means that, if you are intending to apply with a PMU already on your record, you have to apply with as much new information as possible, in order to try and get through without having to appeal. However, if you are rejected at that point, you will probably have no grounds for a further appeal.

All difficult medical histories are judged on a case by case basis, so the fact that someone else got in when they had once used an inhaler means nothing for the next applicant that once used an inhaler.

Go for a branch/trade that is desperate for recruits and absolutely ace all the tests, and then hope!
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Go for a branch/trade that is desperate for recruits and absolutely ace all the tests, and then hope!
Does branch/trade make any difference when they're considering medical suitability? I would have thought not but my only experience of the recruitment process is from the applicant side!
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Does branch/trade make any difference when they're considering medical suitability? I would have thought not but my only experience of the recruitment process is from the applicant side!
Not in any consistent way, no. But it can be a factor depending on the branch/trade, the condition, the individual's aptitude and the need for recruits.
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Hi CBUOG,

Could you let us know if you had any luck if you reapplied? I have a condition on the list but have read online about waivers etc..

I have my AST soon (just waiting on a date) and will need to fill in the medical form they’ve emailed me. I just need a definitive answer for what I have!!

Praying that threeportdrift’s comment about going for a trade where they are desperate for people will help me!!

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Hi CBUOG,

Could you let us know if you had any luck if you reapplied? I have a condition on the list but have read online about waivers etc..

I have my AST soon (just waiting on a date) and will need to fill in the medical form they’ve emailed me. I just need a definitive answer for what I have!!

Praying that threeportdrift’s comment about going for a trade where they are desperate for people will help me!!

🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼 🤞🏼🤞🏼
Only pursuing an application and getting the Service medics to make a decision will give a you a definitive answer. If you say what your condition is, those of us who have served may be able to give you an idea of your chances, but not much more.
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Only pursuing an application and getting the Service medics to make a decision will give a you a definitive answer. If you say what your condition is, those of us who have served may be able to give you an idea of your chances, but not much more.
That’s why I’m going for my AST test to get as far as I can.. I’d rather have a definitive answer from the proper guys than people not medically trained.

I just wondered if the original poster had had any luck himself!
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My son was under the required BMI and we have submitted 5 out of the 6 required BMI levels to Capita. I have asked them if this is suffice but have had no response. He's due for his final measurement in May 2018 so just hoping once this is submitted then they will hopefully respond. I will let you know.
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Just had a rejection because of anxiety and dental phobia but I don’t have a history of either. I simply said I didn’t particularly like needs and didn’t like the one I had at the dentist, which was when I was a child. As for anxiety I think they misinterpreted what I said, like most people I’m nervous on a ‘first day’ but it’s not something that actually causes me any issues. Even the letter from my doctors confirming I don’t have these issues doesn’t seem have helped. Any ideas?
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