Peanut allergies?

dragons_tail

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I'm considering joining the RM

Hello everyone,

This is my first post, but I have been reading a lot of other peoples posts recently, since discovering prmc.co.uk. What a great site. Loads of useful and interesting information.

A little bit about me:

I'm 29 years old (as of next month), and married for 3 years. My wife and I currently rent a house in the pretty Hampshire countryside.

I've been thinking about joining the marines for a while now as I think it would be a great life experience for me, teach me some great skills, and I would be doing my bit for my country.

I'm currently not fit enough for PRMC, so my plan is to spend 3 or 4 months getting up to PRMC fitness level and then start the ball rolling with my nearest AFCO - interview, medical, security checks etc.

Before I start my fitness regime, I thought I would ask a few questions as I have a few concerns over my eligability.

Firstly my wife is American, and we have plans to set up home in the USA. Our plan would be for me to hopefully start RT training by the end of this year, at which point my wife would move to the USA, take all our stuff and set us up a new home there. My plan would be to fly back to the USA whenever I get leave of a week or more.

1. Would the Royal Marines have an issue with me flying to the USA everytime I go on leave? Are there rules stating I would have to remain in the UK during leave?

2. I have a slightly iregular heartbeat. A consultant cardiologist told me that my condition was very minor and did not require any tratment.

3. I have hayfever ( allergy to grass and tree pollen) so during the summer months I take cetirazine tablets (used to be prescription but you can now buy over the counter) to keep this at bay.

4. I am allergic to penicillin (specifically Amoxacillin).


Would someone (possibly Ninja) be kind enough to let me know whether any of the above points would be a bar to me joining the Royal Marines. It would be a real shame but at least I would know before starting my fitness plan and going along to interviews etc.

Thanks very much in anticipation.
 

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dragons_tail said:
1. Would the Royal Marines have an issue with me flying to the USA everytime I go on leave? Are there rules stating I would have to remain in the UK during leave?

2. I have a slightly iregular heartbeat. A consultant cardiologist told me that my condition was very minor and did not require any tratment.

3. I have hayfever ( allergy to grass and tree pollen) so during the summer months I take cetirazine tablets (used to be prescription but you can now buy over the counter) to keep this at bay.

4. I am allergic to penicillin (specifically Amoxacillin).

Hello DT & welcome!

OK, as snappy as possible answers:

1. There are currently no restrictions with overseas travel to/from the USA however you need to be contactable in the event you take overseas leave so that you may be recalled if required, at short notice. Obviously expense & practicality means the occasions you fly to/from the USA would probably mean you only fly over for the Summer, Easter & Xmas (or respective equivalent) leave periods.

2. The Medical Officers will need to satisfy themselves that your conditions do not affect your ability to complete the rigorous training, serve for prolonged periods without specialist medical care. For the Heart condition your previous medical records will certainly be required & you may need to undergo a specialist medical to confirm suitability.

The following conditions MAY be a bar to entry depending on severity, frequency etc:

Heart and Cardiovascular disorders

Heart disease. Certain congenital heart conditions e.g. repair of tetralogy of Fallot, coarctation of the aorta. Certain heart valve abnormalities. High blood pressure. Raynaud’s disease.”

Allergic disorders

Severe allergic reactions and/or anaphylaxis. A need to any adrenaline
injections (EPIPEN etc.). Nut and peanut allergy. Egg allergy. Latex allergy.
Vaccine allergy (including Tetanus allergy). Gluten ssensitivity (Coeliac disease)”.

3. The degree of severity with regard allergies is the governing factor & medical notes & test results may well be required before the MO makes a decision.

Whilst it sounds a “cop out” I’m afraid only your Medical Officer will be able to ascertain your medical suitability for service, so I’d encourage you to start the process sooner rather than later in order to gain a definitive answer to your queries.

Good luck.
 

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Is this realistic?

I *text deleted* join RM when I've finished Uni, but I have both asthma AND a nut allergy....neither are that serious but they're both mentioned on the list of medical conditions....it's been a dream of mine for a few years now to join but is it really realistic ?
 
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im afraid if you have been diagnosed with asthma or had an inhaler or anything like that in 4 years then you arnt able to be passed fit for service, sorry dude.
 

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dont think u can go with a nut allergy heard about one guy on my prmc who had come over from new zealand and 1 day into his RT he told them he had the allergy so he had to go home, but this was a while ago (few years), things can change but phone your afco
 

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Not really relevant but do you want to join as an Officer?
 

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I was aiming for recruit.. but aren't the rules the same anyway ?

I'm planning on going to uni first so I could easily ask my doctor to stop giving me inhalers and join in four years time no problem....but the nut allergy is a bit more of a problem....
 
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You're in the same boat as me. Minus the nut allergy.

The only loop hole you and me have is the "4 year treatment" gap.

Throw your inhaler out.

I technically haven't been treated for years now.

A good test for you would be to go to a training day with British Military Fitness. Jump in the intermediate of advanced groups and see how you cope.

The only reason I'm considering the RM's is because I don't get asthmatic during physical exersion.

www.britmilfit.co.uk Give it a go.
 

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In the same boat with you Sotiris and Paul-M, with out the nut allergy, Do what my asthma nurse told me to do.

If you stop your inhalers, just like that, which I did, you'll get a load of gunk from your lungs and you'll get a blocked nose for a few weeks till you start taking your inhaler again. Your blocked nose will go, and you'll get horrible, disgusting, gunk/mucus in the back of your throat. Try and spit it out.

When you're rid of your blocked nose, stop taking your inhaler. Any problems like wheezing, and shortness of breath, take your inhaler again and go see your doctor.
 

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*text deleted* thanks for the help guys....that's another thing I do have an EPIPEN on my prescription but have never used it and when I have had reactions it has never been serious....will it be ok if the EPIPEN and inhaler are both on my prescription if i mention it in the medical and say I never use them ?
 

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Like every has said,
I think you have to be off an inhaler for 4 years,
and if your are unsure just ask at your afco or phone them up.

And I think the nut allergy shouldn't be much of a problem,
depending on if you're the kind of person who doesn't eat chocolate because it may contain nuts or you just don't eat nuts,
because these days you can have halal and kosha food in the marines so I don't see why you can't have nut free food,
best to ask them though.

Joe
 

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I have a minor allergy to peanuts and have to be careful of most nuts. Though my allergy is'nt that serious as i only need to take antehistimines, will this have a big effect on selection??? thanx
 

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I have the same problem, I'm fine with peanuts but allergic to a few other nuts, I'm sure the Marines website said it was fine as long as it wasn't a serious/life threating condition, but I can't find the page.
 

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This isn't the page I looked at before, but it was on the Royal Navy website:


"The Armed Forces require anyone who joins to be medically fit to serve worldwide. New entrants to the Armed Forces undergo intensive training which is physically demanding and mentally taxing. New entrants must be of a robust constitution and free from disease or pre-existing injury to meet this challenge. If you do decide to apply and your application is accepted, you will be required to pass a full medical examination. Your application will be rejected if you fail to meet the minimum acceptable medical standard for entry. Before a Medical Officer examines you, you are asked to declare certain information about your medical history to identify obvious medical conditions for which rejection is automatic. Please note that your application will be rejected if:
You suffer from Epilepsy
You suffer from Diabetes
You suffer or have suffered from Asthma in the past four years
You suffer from Colitis, Crohns Disease, or any other long standing bowel disorder or have had your spleen removed
You have ever had a detached retina or corneal transplant
You suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis, or any other bone or joint disorders

The above list is not exhaustive and you may find that your application is rejected due to other medical conditions, not listed, but which are subject to the discretion of the examining doctor or Service Medical Authorities."
 

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So they can provide halal and kosher ration packs no problem but not nut free? It's not as if the hindus and muslims will die if they eat food that isn't halal or kosher, they should get there priorities right ! My allergy has never affected my life or fitness once and for it to make the future I have always aspired to impossible is ridiculous.
 

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Taken from Application Form Information and Guidance Booklet (afco form 5 revised mar 07).

Allergic disorders:

Severe allergic reactions and/or anahylaxis. A need to carry andrenaline injections (epipen etc). Nut and peanut allergy. Egg allergy. Latex Allergy. Vaccine allergy (including tetanus allergy). Gluten sensitivity (doeliac disease).



Your buggered possibly. Sorry mate.
 

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Might be a long shot, but you could go to see a doctor and see if you are still alergic.

They can go over time and as it's only minor yo may have more of a chance.

Worth a go mate.

Best of luck.
 
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