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Thanks very much for that much appreciated :-D

Speaking to the doctor years ago on the asthma subject, i was told that basically it is definatly not asthma.

I am going to the doctor soon and have a chat with him about it and just to see if it is related to the common cold (my case) and then hopefully that will help me.

I think they'll be most interested in whether it's a recurring condition that may affect you in certain conditions/environments. From what you've said that doesn't appear to be the case, but I guess they'll want to check it's not related to the asthma family of URTI's.
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Nothing that someone with half an interest couldn't have found out

ive looked alot on the internet and found alot to do with the condition and in my view its not a major thing at all. I think maybe they just didnt like me because i look ugly or summit :-p


serious note though, i just cant get over it really, i would rather fail on something much more dramatic or believable
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if all else fails join the army
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if all else fails join the army

as in for aircrew? think the standards are all the same if im correct
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sorry I was being pedantic. As in the will let anyone in (even me!)
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Actually I got a phone call from Cranwell the other day from someone from the Medical board. I declared that I wore glasses on my form and when she rang me she said do I think I need them and I replied no. She then said that she will put it under past history and bother no more about it. :confused:
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just got bak from cranwell, and well....

i passed everthing medically and the aptitude tests i was told i got the highest out of the 30 of us who went. Unfortunately i have been turbed down fr aircrew due to "two tract infections" i suffered from when i was 3 and 5 (see earlier posts if you wish) therefore my 15 odd year dream is now...over. Very upset and was so close cant beleive it
sorry just read that. That totally sucks. I think you should definatly follow it up and everyone seems to be offering you sound advice. I hope you get it all sorted!
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as in for aircrew? think the standards are all the same if im correct
I wouldn't bet on it. I've seen the squawks and some of them seem to have left their villages minus one idiot
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a few sandwiches short of a picnic.....right will stop. I was considering joining the Army as a Royal Artillary Troop Commander but was promptly told by the boyfriend that I would be, in no uncertain terms, dumped! :eek: pfft!
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a few sandwiches short of a picnic.....right will stop. I was considering joining the Army as a Royal Artillary Troop Commander but was promptly told by the boyfriend that I would be, in no uncertain terms, dumped! :eek: pfft!
Well you could always try 29 (Commando) Artillery... you may even get to see hin once in a while ...and The Citadel in Plymouth is a 'lovely' place.
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a few sandwiches short of a picnic.....right will stop. I was considering joining the Army as a Royal Artillary Troop Commander but was promptly told by the boyfriend that I would be, in no uncertain terms, dumped! :eek: pfft!
Thats not very nice is it :eek:
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a few sandwiches short of a picnic.....right will stop. I was considering joining the Army as a Royal Artillary Troop Commander but was promptly told by the boyfriend that I would be, in no uncertain terms, dumped! :eek: pfft!
To be honest, having worked with the Artillery, I've yet to meet a better bunch of lads. (Apart from the cavalry).
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But once you're professionally qualified, do you catch up quickly in terms of rank? I read GP's get up to Group Captain through time promotion, and it's on merit after that, but don't know what length of time this takes?
There is time promotion for MO's in the service (not sure how far up you get - think it goes as far as Wg Cdr and then promotion is on competition). It also applies for Legal and Dentist as well if I recall correctly.

As for the timings I'm not sure. At a guess I'd say 6 years as a Flt Lt, 6-8 years as a Sqn Ldr and 6-8 years again as a Wing Commander. Figures are a guestimate, however, from experience, I don't believe that they are wide of the mark. If the only real concern for the time promotion is salary based then you'll be on £40,000+ within 8 years.

I can dig some more if you want the "official" figures.

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I won't bother asking at the Med Centre tomorrow as we have our own resident Dr Kildare on here.
Strange...I though he was here!
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Strange...I though he was here!
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may cost a few quid, but would be worth it if it achieved the desired result. Don’t give up on what you want until you've exhausted every means possible open to you.
You won't be saying that when you're a Wg Cdr in charge of the OASC Medical Boards... the poor woman who did it when I was last there had a fairly difficult time.
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I have thought about some ground branches. but call me immature or what, but nothing actually or has ever interested me in the ground side of things.
Then you really don't know enough about them. How much flying have you done to know it's the be all and end all? You get all of the lifestyle with a slightly different uniform on the ground. If I had terrible eyesight when I went through selection, I would have jumped at it.

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defined as something derived from the common cold? To me this is not something that my body is reacting to for example asthma, but something that almost if not every human being will pick up at some point in their life?
I'm going to play down your chances just because I wouldn't want you to get your hopes up unnecessarily. If it's something derived from the common cold, that implies to me that your body has, at times, had a bad reaction to the common cold, resulting in an URTI. It *is* something your body is reacting to. I've had the common cold so many times I've lost count, but it's never turned into something more serious.

The cold is exceptionally common (hence the name I guess), and it's a killer for aircrew. You can't fly, you can't work, you can't even come to work in case you infect the whole squadron. However, when I get one, I avoid work for two days, then come back fully fit and ready to fly; and I'm unlucky right now if I get two a year.

If you're likely to develop an URTI that keeps you off work for a fortnight every time you sit for dinner in the mess next to a guy with a stuffy nose, then you're running into the same problems as people with hayfever. I.e. it might not suddenly attack you while flying like asthma could, but it can knock you out of useful service for periods of time.

In selection, remember no-one wants to throw you out. If they've rejected you, there will be a reason. Go for an appeal, but be realistic; they haven't rejected you because you're prone to colds.

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Its just annoying that it is something so small and to be so close upsetting. If it was something more major like asthma or colour blindness or something along them lines then yes i would still be upset but then would accept it more.
Perfectly natural to be upset; but you've got to realise that it might not be that small. People who have had epileptic fits once in their lives can't believe they get rejected because they might one day suffer another, but the same rules apply. Lots of candidates + few spaces+ particularly competitive year = anyone with any potential snags can be rejected; as there *will* be a candidate just as good with no medical issues.

Good luck regardless; I'm really sorry to be the voice of doom and gloom but I've seen this sort of thing a lot and someone needs to point out the selectors' points of view.
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do you catch up quickly in terms of rank?
Catch up with who, exactly? You want to stay as a junior officer as long as possible. Why would you want to be a 28 year old Wg Cdr; who're you going to socialise with?
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Catch up with who, exactly? You want to stay as a junior officer as long as possible. Why would you want to be a 28 year old Wg Cdr; who're you going to socialise with?

Just don't want to be disadvantaged promotion wise by doing an extra couple of years at uni;I'm very ambitious
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You won't be saying that when you're a Wg Cdr in charge of the OASC Medical Boards... the poor woman who did it when I was last there had a fairly difficult time.
Probably not!!
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