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Hey, I know the medical info states that aircrew applicants will be denied if they have hay fever. However, i was wondering if this is based on how harsh the person's hay fever is?
I am interested in joining as a WSOp crewman, and have fairly mild hay fever which only affects me during summer months, and even then it is only the odd sneeze etc. Would i be accepted if this is the case? - or do they just not let people who have hay fever enter as aircrew at all?

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S.Nighters.
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If you have hay fever on your medical records, you will NOT be working as RAF aircrew - full stop. If you suffer from a summer cold, shut the f up about it and go for the career choice that you want - it's an easy choice.

Again, in case that was not clear enough - you will not be allowed to serve as RAF Aircrew if you have a medical condition that has been diagnosed as hay fever. On the other hand - do not self diagnose, you wouldn't wander in to the AFCO and say "Oh! I also think I have might have cancer, asthma, diabetes and no spleen, but will you still consider me?"
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I mentioned my hayfever (as I would hate to make it through to selection with it constantly in the back of my mind), and you have to be 4 years symptom free with no wheezing symptoms.
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if you have been prescribed any medication through the doctors you might have to think about your career choice!

if you have got it from shops, keep you gob shut! any just keep going to the shops and DO NOT go to the doctors
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This brings back memories of 'Cranwell Flu'; usually presents itself among potential aircrew during the summer months.
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It's a case of integrity but also how serious the condition is. Like you say, if it's only a few sniffles that you have self-diagnosed as Hayfever then you might be able to get away with it. However, if it's on your medical history then it's a big NO.
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It can't both be a case of integrity and how serious the condition is - don't just type for the sake of it!

There is no integrity issue, hay fever can't be diagnosed at OASC unless you say you suffer from it. If you are going to say that you suffer from it, stop wasting every one's time by applying, you can read that hay fever is an exclusion for aircrew. If you have hay fever formally diagnosed on your medical records, or are going to tell people that you have self diagnosed as having it, then make another career choice.
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Why do people always write about hayfever?! The rules are there and people are only exposing themselves by questioning it.
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I don't know, it's not as if it's a difficult issue to grasp - and that's why my answers are becoming increasingly terse
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OP if your first initial and surname remotely match your username you've possibily landed yoursef in it anyway. I know people hate scaremongering on here (you can neg rep me for it later) but lots of people who make recruitment decisions read this forum.
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(Original post by threeportdrift)
It can't both be a case of integrity and how serious the condition is - don't just type for the sake of it!

There is no integrity issue, hay fever can't be diagnosed at OASC unless you say you suffer from it. If you are going to say that you suffer from it, stop wasting every one's time by applying, you can read that hay fever is an exclusion for aircrew. If you have hay fever formally diagnosed on your medical records, or are going to tell people that you have self diagnosed as having it, then make another career choice.
I was merely agreeing with you - you can either be honest about it and declare it or you can lie about it and hope for the best (hence the integrity part). However it if it's on your medical notes then you haven't got a chance.
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(Original post by threeportdrift)
I don't know, it's not as if it's a difficult issue to grasp - and that's why my answers are becoming increasingly terse
I had noticed
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If you have self diagnosed yourself with Hayfever, then you have probably self diagnosed incorrectly anyway.

Everyone gets a bit sniffy during spring! That's not to say that you have Hayfever, it is simply because there are lots of little particles flying around and if you get enough of them up your nose, then yes you are going to sneeze.
The best way I have found to tell if you have Hayfever or not is to go for early morning runs. If you don't have Hayfever then after a couple of days you will be used to everything flying around. If you do have Hayfever, you'll probably end up being a heap on the floor gasping for breath.
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(Original post by PasserBy9)
If you have self diagnosed yourself with Hayfever, then you have probably self diagnosed incorrectly anyway.

Everyone gets a bit sniffy during spring! That's not to say that you have Hayfever, it is simply because there are lots of little particles flying around and if you get enough of them up your nose, then yes you are going to sneeze.
The best way I have found to tell if you have Hayfever or not is to go for early morning runs. If you don't have Hayfever then after a couple of days you will be used to everything flying around. If you do have Hayfever, you'll probably end up being a heap on the floor gasping for breath.
I love that, nice scientific experiment to test whether or not you have hayfever. Personally I would say go to the doctor, I dont know if you can be tested for hayfever but I would say the doctors know best. If you dont want to go to the doctor you could try this method.

God im still laughing

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this may seem like a really stupid question but why is it you're not allowed hayfever? someone i know got refused an RAF place because of theirs and i was just wondering why?
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this may seem like a really stupid question but why is it you're not allowed hayfever? someone i know got refused an RAF place because of theirs and i was just wondering why?
You become slightly less effective when you spend 4 months of the year having watery eyes and a runny nose. You also fail at being tactical if you lie down in the grass and then start sneezing uncontrollably.
It becomes slightly more concerning if you are going fast enough to cross the United Kingdom during one sneezing fit. On top of that, if you are flying low level you don't really want to start getting watery eyes and then wipe away the water just in time to see the edge of the hill.
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lol kk knew it was a stupid question! Does that mean that you can't be a pilot at all? This guy has wanted to be one all his life- i mean since we were kids, i remembered him talking about it! Or can you still become a pilot just not through the RAF?
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thanks for answering by the way!!
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(Original post by moonbeam08)
lol kk knew it was a stupid question! Does that mean that you can't be a pilot at all? This guy has wanted to be one all his life- i mean since we were kids, i remembered him talking about it! Or can you still become a pilot just not through the RAF?
Military pilot - very unlikely.


Civil pilot - yeah, but where's the fun in that?!
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Awww bummer! Thanks for clearing things up- don't really wanna ask him because he's still annoyed about the hayfever thing as you would be! Thanks
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