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alright lad, 2 weeks ago i was told i have anxiety and it will be fixed with some counselling, i'm not going on anything like pills but is this some thing that will stop me from joining? i have a prmc booked for the 8th of may and don't want to make my wait any longer.

anyone been through this that could help me out or ninja maybe?

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It's a condition of entry into service that you must notify your AFCO of any change in medical status after being passed medically fit to enter.

Anxiety can affect everyone differently & joining the Armed Forces will usually cause some form of mild concern. But if the condition is serious enough to warrant a trip to the GP & professional counselling deemed necessary then it's certainly something that must be declared as it directly affects suitability to commence the extreme mental & physical stress of Recruit Training.

The Medical Examiner may well deem it trivial with no change in suitability, but far rather check than be discharged, unable to rejoin.

If needs be, the Corps can wait, your own wellbeing is paramount.
 

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Yep I suffer from depression, anxiety and have an awful anger issue that needs addressing!! I'll be lucky to join the girl guides by the time the docs are finished with me!!
 

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Yep I suffer from depression, anxiety and have an awful anger issue that needs addressing!! I'll be lucky to join the girl guides by the time the docs are finished with me!!
Sounds like a job application list of qualifications for Brown Owl
 

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Sounds like a job application list of qualifications for Brown Owl
All caused by a woman Ninja, should stayed in the Royal Navy instead of leaving for her!! I'd give my right leg to rejoin but something's are just not meant to be!!
 

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The thing to remember is that a lot of these conditions can be transient/temporary as long as actions taken whilst suffering are kept within reasonable bounds by seeking help before things go too far, ruling-out potential career & life aspirations.

Unfortunately, a lot of blokes don't seek help as they see it as some kind of weakness or taboo & we're unfortunately not all blessed with hindsight before we find ourselves embroiled in a situation.

A few months "down time" is far better than a lifetime in stasis.
 

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The thing to remember is that a lot of these conditions can be transient/temporary as long as actions taken whilst suffering are kept within reasonable bounds by seeking help before things go too far, ruling-out potential career & life aspirations.

Unfortunately, a lot of blokes don't seek help as they see it as some kind of weakness or taboo & we're unfortunately not all blessed with hindsight before we find ourselves embroiled in a situation.

A few months "down time" is far better than a lifetime in stasis.
Luckily, I've recognised I have a problem and have seeker help from my GP. Ok, fair do's I now have 3 years to wait!! Perhaps I should apply to be a seaman specialist, that's a 5 year wait isn't it?? I'll be all fixed by then.

It's kind of strange, a few years ago my mum bought me mug that says on the side, once Navy always Navy. If its meant to be, I'll be back in!!
 

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ninja, im thinking the thing causing my anxiety is the worry that i wont get into the marines, and end up doing a mundane job.

im not depressed or anything just nervous about not getting in, when its all i have wanted to do for some time
 

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ninja, im thinking the thing causing my anxiety is the worry that i wont get into the marines, and end up doing a mundane job.

im not depressed or anything just nervous about not getting in, when its all i have wanted to do for some time
My advice, although I'm a maniac, would be;

Make sure you are fit enough to exceed all minimum standards.
Revise for your RT test. Check out the thread Ninja posted.
Make sure your medically fit, speak to your GP to make sure there's no anomalies in your medical history, make sure all loose ends are tied up.
Finally, stop panicking!! If you're well prepared and highly motivated, you will pass all aspects of selection.

Oh, and don't wrap!!
 

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My advice, although I'm a maniac, would be;

Make sure you are fit enough to exceed all minimum standards.
Revise for your RT test. Check out the thread Ninja posted.
Make sure your medically fit, speak to your GP to make sure there's no anomalies in your medical history, make sure all loose ends are tied up.
Finally, stop panicking!! If you're well prepared and highly motivated, you will pass all aspects of selection.

Oh, and don't wrap!!
yeah, i dont think its a problem for my training, as i can run well and do the strength and circuit training (still need to improve though)
 

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Perhaps I should apply to be a seaman specialist, that's a 5 year wait isn't it?? I'll be all fixed by then.
yeah but then you have to tell people you're a "seaman specialist" when they ask what you do for a living.

It sounds worse than when it's written down...
 

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yeah but then you have to tell people you're a "seaman specialist" when they ask what you do for a living.

It sounds worse than when it's written down...
Haha, I know!!
 

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It's peculiar nowadays everyone seems to be a "Specialist" "Logistician" or "Technician" in the Navy. (Warfare Spec, Sea Spec, Comms Spec, Air Engineering Tech, Marine Engineering Tech, WeaponsEngineering Tech etc)

When I joined they were either an "operator", "supply" or a "mechanic", (later, combinations of two or more).

The only surprise is that GD Marines aren't termed 'combat specalists' or, after gaining an SQ, "combat technicians".

Give it time & someone will pinch the idea & get an MBE/OBE for innovation :smile:
 

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It's peculiar nowadays everyone seems to be a "Specialist" "Logistician" or "Technician" in the Navy. (Warfare Spec, Sea Spec, Comms Spec, Air Engineering Tech, Marine Engineering Tech, WeaponsEngineering Tech etc)

When I joined they were either an "operator", "supply" or a "mechanic", (later, combinations of two or more).

The only surprise is that GD Marines aren't termed 'combat specalists' or, after gaining an SQ, "combat technicians".

Give it time & someone will pinch the idea & get an MBE/OBE for innovation :smile:
Ninja, did you go through HMS Raleigh or Ganges??
 

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Raleigh. Ganges was generally for those less aesthetically easy on the eye, such as sailors & juniors. Essence ratings were sent to Raleigh as they were less likely to scare the locals & their livestock.
 

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Raleigh. Ganges was generally for those less aesthetically easy on the eye, such as sailors & juniors. Essence ratings were sent to Raleigh as they were less likely to scare the locals & their livestock.
Haha, my uncle went through Ganges, I'll wind him up haha
 

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so is it 4 years waiting time if you have anxiety?
 
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