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Discussion in 'Introductions & Welcome to the Royal Marines Site' started by skitsac, Apr 6, 2019.

  1. skitsac

    skitsac New Member

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    Hi there,

    I'm currently in the process of joining up, stuck at the medical stage. I'm looking for someg guidance on how long I should be waiting to find out about the appeal process.

    Thanks
     
  2. ex killick

    ex killick Ex-Matelot

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    Yo!
     
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  3. Farmer

    Farmer New Member

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    I was made TMU 3 times, it was all a bit nuts - once for my eye test result which was taken incorrectly at the boots optician and twice for what the Capita doc said (wrongly) was asymmetrical hearing(basically there is a difference in hearing abilities in each ear). The 3rd time the doc referred me to a specialist ENT.

    Honestly, the best way to speed things is up is to use good old pen and paper, write a letter to AFCO, usually when you're made TMU they'll give you the address of someone in the AFCO - write to him but get some evidence that backs up why you're appealing.

    In my case, I went to an alternative boots optician and then took a 2nd audiology test at boots and got the test result print out and then a hearing test at the hospital after going to my doctor to get that referral I mentioned above.

    You need to take it on yourself to convince them you're all over it and there is a mistake and you can prove it.

    The other thing I did to speed it up was actually to hand deliver my letters directly at the AFCO instead of wait for the post to do its thing - call me impatient but it sped things as the person gets the info that day.

    Oh and the other thing - don't get downhearted about it : the nurses and docs, if they whiff anything suspicious, they'll TMU (shoot now ask questions later) and put it on you to prove its not an issue.

    Just keep your mind focused knowing you've sent things through, and it's in the works... It took on average about a week between sending my letters to get a response. I always got a response letter in the mail at most 2 weeks after.

    Also, I was in touch with my CA all the time, telling him what was going on, so he could have ensured to spoke to whomever you needed to appeal to.

    Also the thread "how-long-have-you-been-tmu-and-what-for" might be useful - search for it( I can't paste the URL as the system thinks I'm a spammer)
     
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  4. skitsac

    skitsac New Member

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    Thanks for the advice, I really appreciate it. I got TMUd for having severe acne, which I haven't had for almost two years. I appealed the decision but have been waiting almost two months since the initial appeal was sent off by my CO.
     
  5. Farmer

    Farmer New Member

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    To me, two months sounds way too long, almost like nothing is being done. Also, I'm surprised you didn't get an acknowledgement letter back that your appeal is being processed because I did.

    I think it would be good to either email your CA or phone him/her and see if he can see/discuss/find out where the blockage is.

    With me, when I first went to my AFCO in London, and subsequently for the interview, there was what seemed like one RM CA(Careers Advisor) - understaffed? and he was the person I spoke to and have been in contact with all the way through the process.

    The CA at the AFCO usually does say that once it's with medical, their hands are tied but usually there is a WO2 at the AFCO who is responsible for getting your appeal and sending it off the medical people - he/she could follow it up for you.

    Another option might be to write them a letter asking if they received your appeal and you could just re-add your appeal info and re-send it, and keeping tabs on it via your CA.

    I pestered my CA constantly. I'm sure he hated it :)
     
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  6. skitsac

    skitsac New Member

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    thank you mate, i'm going to send an email asking my CO to follow it up. Hopefully it will come back soon, i finish school this summer and at this rate have nothing to go to after the summer :/.