Medical Leniency Regarding Ear Infections?

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Just wondering how lenient the doctors are in the medical checks. I have not checked my medical records but I am quite sure that there will be a history of ear infections. I've visited the doctor probably twice a year for the last 3 years regarding ear infections, each time the infection has gone after a week or so of visiting the doctor to receive ear drops and steroid cream.

The forces all list recurring ear infections grounds for a P8 unfit for service.

My ear infections have never caused me any problem other than slight irritation. I have never experienced pain or problems with my balance.

Do you think that they would consider me especially if the ear infection should not affect my day-to-day life or will it be an instant P8?
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Just wondering how lenient the doctors are in the medical checks. I have not checked my medical records but I am quite sure that there will be a history of ear infections. I've visited the doctor probably twice a year for the last 3 years regarding ear infections, each time the infection has gone after a week or so of visiting the doctor to receive ear drops and steroid cream.

The forces all list recurring ear infections grounds for a P8 unfit for service.

My ear infections have never caused me any problem other than slight irritation. I have never experienced pain or problems with my balance.

Do you think that they would consider me especially if the ear infection should not affect my day-to-day life or will it be an instant P8?
You'll have to go through selection to find out. It'll be up to them how to define "recurring".

Your verdict on whether or not they've impacted you is, for this argument, irrelevant.
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You'll have to go through selection to find out. It'll be up to them how to define "recurring".

Your verdict on whether or not they've impacted you is, for this argument, irrelevant.
When the decision is made, is it made in front of you during the physical medical assessment or done by Capita after the medical assessment?

When you say my verdict is irrelevant, do you mean it will have no bearing on their decision? Such as ear infection = unfit is a hard and fast rule, and nothing I say will be able to correct that if it is deemed that I have a recurring ear infection?

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When the decision is made, is it made in front of you during the physical medical assessment or done by Capita after the medical assessment?

When you say my verdict is irrelevant, do you mean it will have no bearing on their decision? Such as ear infection = unfit is a hard and fast rule, and nothing I say will be able to correct that if it is deemed that I have a recurring ear infection?

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First part, unsure. Presume afterwards.

Second part, yes. You don't count in this, you're not a medical professional, and of course you'd say it's no big deal.
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the ear infection should not affect my day-to-day life
The problem is, will it affect your day-to-day life in the military over the course of the next 40 years? Will you be flying in pressurised and unpressurised aircraft? Will you be posting ear plugs in your ears regularly? Will you be wearing ear defenders regularly? Will you be working in an environment where good hearing is a must for safety reasons? Will you be showering in hinky overseas water supplies? Are you being paid to be be fit all the time? Is the tax-payer underwriting your medical health? The answer is likely to be YES to all those during any career in the Armed Forces, which is why military health standards differ markedly from what's fine and unremarkable in civilian life.
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The problem is, will it affect your day-to-day life in the military over the course of the next 40 years? Will you be flying in pressurised and unpressurised aircraft? Will you be posting ear plugs in your ears regularly? Will you be wearing ear defenders regularly? Will you be working in an environment where good hearing is a must for safety reasons? Will you be showering in hinky overseas water supplies? Are you being paid to be be fit all the time? Is the tax-payer underwriting your medical health? The answer is likely to be YES to all those during any career in the Armed Forces, which is why military health standards differ markedly from what's fine and unremarkable in civilian life.
I personally do not think it would have any impact on my life in the military. I have headphones inside my ears every day with no ill effect. The infection does not affect my hearing at all and I would assume that air pressure in flight would have no effect either. The only impact it has is slight itchiness. But of course, I take on board that this is my uneducated opinion and the decision that is made by Capita medical is likely to be in my best interest. I also know that sometimes they make the wrong decision if someone appeals their medical disqualification and wins. I'm just upset that my dream could be over before it even begins all because of an ear infection that I have for maybe 2 weeks out of a year.
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