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My son has just left school and wanted to join the army as a mechanic in REME,for the last 6 months he has been making trips to Catterick either on the bus or getting his mum to take him (on her 1 day off a week ).From the start we filled in a medical history form,which had to be signed by his doctor,this told them that apart from some very minor excema on the inside of his elbows,which he has had from birth but have never needed treatment,he had no medical problems.
A month ago the Army paid for him to attend an Outward Bound course in the Lake District to assess his abilities,which he passed with flying colours.
Last week they paid for him to go to Edinburgh by train (£65) for his final selection assessment,when the doctor gave him his medical he said he was fit,strong and in very good health,BUT he couldn't let him through because of 2 tiny spots of excema on the inside of his elbows and would have to defer him for 3 years after the excema clears up :wow: Even the doctor himself said it was crazy but rules are rules.
My rant is not because he didn't get in (although that does mean i probably wont get my Brera now :cry:)their loss as far as i'm concerned,but if the rules are so strict why didn't they tell us 6 months ago when we told them he had excema,that he wouldn't get in,that would have saved us a lot of time and money taking him to Catterick nearly every week,and it would have saved the Army £65 plus the cost of the course in the Lakes,money that is so desperately needed by our soldiers on the front line,who are havig to buy their own boots for Gods sake :rant::rant::rant:
 

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RAMC medical assessments were pretty vigorous and thorough in the fifties too! I had to get a bus from Luton to St.Albans return ticket at my expense! Sort of pee in a bottle, grabbed my dingle dongles, cough and I was in! :D Well a bit more thorough than that to be honest. :):

Travel warrant to Bovvy, twelve weeks doing the JLR's thing, and if you weren't up to scratch, return ticket home. Never remember anyone getting sent back home though? No H&S or PC stuff then. :):
 

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Sorry to hear that about your son, i only had one medical back in 2002, we had a few guys sent home for Heart murmas, but never heard of problems with excema. Saying that i never got sent Lake district or edinburgh, i just had a barb test, a 3 day assesment at Lichfield, then straight on too basic training.
 
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when my son was going through his medical for the army the army doc thought he suspected James has a heart murmour, we were stunned.

James was sent home that day and referred straight to the local hospital, but the army had organised a private consultation not an NHS one, so by the end of the day he had arrived home he had been seen.

he was declaired fit as a fiddle, no murmur, the specialist wondered what the army doc was on about.....

That and a couple of other 'incidents' meant that his application took over 12 months :rolleyes:
 

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Heart murmours are common during selection, to doc hears only a slight blip and thats it your off to a specialist, i know a few guys like your son, who had to see a specialist only to discover there was nothing wrong, there all in the forces now only 6-12 months behind as far as a career goes.
 

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In '88 I had a brief medical with a local GP, weekend fitness assesment in Sutton Coldfield and I was in. 3rd day of basic we had a chest x-ray. I can't se the problem with a minor case of excema, one of my mates had quite severe excema and it never caused him any problems in the 4 years we served together!! Crazy!!!
 

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that's a real bummer, keith :(

and what a silly waste of everybody's time & money. but look at it this way - if he joins up 3 years from now, hopefully our troops won't still be getting sent out to deathtrap hellholes in iraq and afghanistan
 
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Keith that's a bummer but I learned a very valuable lesson with Army medicals many years ago :)

Tell lies :)
Sounds strange but I originally tried to get into the Kings Own Rgt a Liverpool based Infantry Rgt when I was in my 20's I told them I suffered with hayfever as a child but hadn't had an attack since I was about 14, I was passed over as unfit for service :(

Retook the medical about 6 months later for the Royal Signals didn't mention the hayfever and hey presto I was in :thumbs:

"What excema I just thought it was dry skin" ;)

I'm sure you noticed Catterick Garrison is a Schite hole I did me basic there in Helles barracks and loved every minute of it :lol:

I'm sure he will get in eventually and I'm with AL in hoping he never finds his way to a hell hole like Afghanistan :(
 

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I spent four days at Biggin Hill on the officer selection course (transport, food & lodging paid for). I passed the four day assesment and was given a list of areas I would be accepted in. Then told that there were no vacancies and to keep in contact with the recruitment office every 4-6 months.

I contacted the recruitment office in Cardiff to be told they were fully aware of the fact there were no vacancies, but they had to recruit as normal or their budget would be cut ! :rant:
 
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