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type 1 and in the army!

Discussion in 'Type 1 Diabetes' started by leedoak, Apr 16, 2015.

  1. CarbsRok

    CarbsRok Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    At least you know it's more than a possibility you will be discharged, thus you can make plans for your future. With all the skills under the sun in the British army can you be asked to be retrained for something in civy street as part of your discharge? (no idea how things work)
     
  2. Pilgrim22

    Pilgrim22 LADA · Well-Known Member

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    I served 23 years. I had a friend who was diagnosed type 1 after 16 years service. He was a front line soldier at the time. He applied to return to depot as an intake senior NCO. Not only did he excel, after 3 years, he was promoted. He finished his 22 years.
     
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  3. spaceman

    spaceman Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    well it depends on what you do in the army. if your in the stores,office cant see any problems. i was a drummer in the TA i didnt tell them,but i felt gilty after messing up a couple of times. then i informed them sadly it was by-by time.
     
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  4. leedoak

    leedoak · Active Member

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    I've been honest from Friday (day 1) might bite me the arse but let's see.
     
  5. Nyxks

    Nyxks Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Not UK but my mate was in the core when he had a epileptic attack, unfortunately that cut his service short (he was discharged within the month).
     
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  6. Daphne917

    Daphne917 Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    Where I work there are a number of military staff who have been working in the offices for at least 10 years - they just go from staff job to staff job.
     
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  7. leedoak

    leedoak · Active Member

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    I know it's jack on the lads who have to deploy, but on a selfish note I've done my tours and gave 14 years, so I'm due some home time lol can't believe the first time I go sick and it's this. But such is life.
     
  8. DizzyChick

    DizzyChick LADA · Well-Known Member

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    When my dad was diagnosed the army did say he could leave but he told them he wanted to stay as there was plenty of other jobs he could do that wasn't putting him or others at risk! And he even ended up doing tours of NI when the trouble was happening. My point is if you want to stay in then you have to tell them and hopefully they will agree after all there are lots of jobs in civvy street that type 1,s do every day :)
     
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  9. sammythehammy2000

    sammythehammy2000 Type 1 · Newbie

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  10. leedoak

    leedoak · Active Member

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    Thank you sammythrhammy2000 this is the stuff I'm after lol
     
  11. colin5678

    colin5678 Type 1 · Member

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    HI. I was diagnosed Type 1 in 1994(aged38) while serving in the Royal Navy Submarine service. Was not allowed on a submarine and given a desk job before I was medically discharged a few months later. Medical pension paid on discharge which because your condition may deteriorate over the years, you can ask for a review as many times as you need. Strongly advise you to contact the RBL as they are a great help.
     
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  12. leedoak

    leedoak · Active Member

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    Hello mate was that though the armed forces compensation claim?
     
  13. sammythehammy2000

    sammythehammy2000 Type 1 · Newbie

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    No it was called war pension at the time now called afcs .but you can claim you say army caused your diabeties they have to prove it didnt .I now get weekly pension .contact British legion they will tell you what to do .I had done quite a few jobs after leaving for various reasons had to stop working due to nueropathy and other complications of diabeties.
     
  14. leedoak

    leedoak · Active Member

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    Ah cool, yea I can claim while I'm in. I've got the paperwork coming now. I will get onto the bl. Cheers mate.
     
  15. christinemaria

    christinemaria · Member

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    Hi, go to the Education Centre on camp and have a look at the QR's, you will find policies on this subject. QR's are, as you will know, always current.
     
  16. leedoak

    leedoak · Active Member

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    Ha ha education centre not on our camp lol. Cheers for the heads up though.
     
  17. cavs

    cavs · Member

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    I am now a civvy but served 8.5yrs in the Army as a driver. 4.5yrs of that as a Type 1 Diabetic.
    Diagnosed in 2000.
    I eventually left in 2004 after feeling restricted by the army's mentality to a point where I felt like I had more options outside the forces.

    They will not give you an MD unless you are completely useless to them or classed as disabled.

    It took a good 6 months for the Medical Board to decide what I could and couldn't do.

    I eventually was given a grading of P3 CPND Geo (Career non-deployable posting geographical). Basically short deployment in areas where there is established medical facilities.

    It depends on what you are after our of the job-if you are happy behind a desk you will be fine but that wasn't for me. ;)
     
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  18. mikej3252

    mikej3252 Type 1 · Member

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    I was diagnosed in 1983 while serving in the RAF. I had certain restrictions placed on me, Such as carrying weapons, and reduced chance of promotion. But I was able to complete my 12 years service. I also had to make regular trips to the military hospital at the then RAF Wroughton (which i believe has now been closed), for my clinics.
     
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  19. Joanna87

    Joanna87 Type 1 · Newbie

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    Lee
    I was diagnosed T1 5yrs ago and still serving!
    I am downgraded to MLD, but that only (if ever) affects my deployability to certain places, occupational health decides on that. It's all about how tight/good your control is.

    There was a guy who is T1 that was discharged last year because his blood sugars were all over the place. But, there is also an RLC officer who has been T1 for years but is MFD because of how well his control is!
    Basically it is all about how well you control your blood sugars, it took me a good year to learn that.
    If you need any advice/info feel free to MSG me.
     
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  20. leedoak

    leedoak · Active Member

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    Thank you, I keep get AFCS pushed down my throat, did you do thus?
     
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