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Which Medical Conditions Might Stop You From Joining The Military?

Make sure you know all the facts before joining...

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If you’re hoping to join the military there are some medical conditions which might prevent that career decision.

While deployed on operations you can’t simply head down to your local pharmacy to pick up a prescription that you ordered the night before using an app.

However, there are medical and dental personnel within the British Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force, collectively known as the Defence Medical Services (DMS) who are responsible for your health and wellbeing.

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The DMS provides healthcare to all service personnel whether they are in the UK, abroad or at sea.

Being in the Armed Forces can be physically and mentally tough so if you have an illness that affects your ability to perform you might not be able to join.

The medical requirements differ slightly depending on which service you want to join but they are all pretty similar.

Click below on the service you want to join to see their medical requirements.

British Army: There are some conditions which would have obvious limitations on your ability to perform as a soldier. Working in loud environments like a firing range might make a perforated eardrum condition worse. Each individual applicants' health will be assessed by medical professionals who will make a decision on a case by case basis.

Royal Navy: If you suffer from asthma you have to be treatment free for four years before applying. If you fail to declare any medical conditions you could face being discharged further down the line. Honesty is the best policy when going for your initial medical assessment which is arranged by your local Armed Forces Careers Office.

Royal Air Force: If you have cancer you won't meet the requirements to enter the Armed Forces. However, within all three services, there are some exceptions to this rule. If you were diagnosed with cancer as a child or young adult and it was successfully treated you might be considered by medical staff as meeting the requirements.

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