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Preparing myself for disappointment
« on: February 06, 2018, 16:19:07 »
There's a distinct possibility that I won't meet the medical standards for enrollment so I'm trying to prepare myself for disappointment. Obviously the standards exist for good reasons and at least I wasn't stupid enough to lie about my medical record. Still not a great feeling, staring down the barrel of rejection. I've caused some upset to my family by pursuing this so the application process alone has not been without a personal cost. Should have kept my mouth shut until it was a sure thing. My friends are threatening to start calling me Steve Rogers so at least I've got that going for me.

My application process had been going well. I submitted my online application in November of last year, with CFAT, force and medical in December. I scored nearly perfect on the the CFAT and bronze in the force test. Hearing, vision etc all came out excellent. Last week I got my letter from the MO in the mail asking for some more details. I expected the letter but the more I read about others' medical rejections, the more it seems likely that I won't make the cut. For better or for worse there is only one Canadian Army. Nothing will quite make up for my inability to engage with this particular organization.

Wish me luck.

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Re: Preparing myself for disappointment
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2018, 18:48:25 »
Hey there!  I know how frustrating it can be when you want something so badly but it's out of your hands.  When I applied 2 years ago I had to wait a year only to be asked for more medical documents and then I was denied because of a previous injury.  But I was able to appeal it with a specialist letter and after that I was good to go!  Message me if you need anything else answered.  And good luck, I know you'll get it!

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Re: Preparing myself for disappointment
« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2018, 19:34:23 »
Should it not work out for you - and I hope that it does - you may wish to consider applying as a CIC Officer. There is always a need for good Officers in Cadet Corps/Squadrons.

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Re: Preparing myself for disappointment
« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2018, 21:03:51 »
Remember that everyone is different, so I wouldn't give to much credit to other people's situations.  Don't forecast your chances of rejection or acceptance based on an internet forum.
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Re: Preparing myself for disappointment
« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2018, 10:35:14 »
I appreciate the encouragement. Thank you. I'm used to being able to study/practice/train my way out of obstacles but there's little I can do to effect outcomes here so I am reduced to venting on the internet to patient people such as yourselves.

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Re: Preparing myself for disappointment
« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2018, 11:11:22 »
Last week I got my letter from the MO in the mail asking for some more details. I expected the letter but the more I read about others' medical rejections, the more it seems likely that I won't make the cut.

Don't read too much into that.  I knew a guy who applied as pilot was crushed to find out on his screening aircrew medical that he had a heart murmur -- he thought he was done.  A few tests later (yes, it did take a bit of time) and he was cleared medically up to and including high-performance jets.  He had a long career in the RCAF.

You seem motivated to succeed and many of us will tell you, positive attitude and drive will go a very, very long way in the Services!

Good luck!

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Re: Preparing myself for disappointment
« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2018, 12:48:27 »
Don't read too much into that.  I knew a guy who applied as pilot was crushed to find out on his screening aircrew medical that he had a heart murmur -- he thought he was done. 

I have an "innocent murmur" as well. Aviation doctors have always noted it, but it has never been a problem. Runs in my family I guess, but we don't have any heart troubles. Apparently most infants have innocent murmurs too, but they grow out of it.

It's the only innocent thing about me.  :nod:

Good luck to the OP
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Re: Preparing myself for disappointment
« Reply #7 on: March 24, 2018, 18:53:21 »
My fears were unfounded and my medical passed. Thank you for your kind responses! Hopefully I will continue to meet future challenges as they come.

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Re: Preparing myself for disappointment
« Reply #8 on: March 25, 2018, 11:42:55 »
My fears were unfounded and my medical passed. Thank you for your kind responses! Hopefully I will continue to meet future challenges as they come.

Congratulations man and good luck!

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Re: Preparing myself for disappointment
« Reply #9 on: March 25, 2018, 17:03:59 »
Congratulations and welcome aboard.

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Re: Preparing myself for disappointment
« Reply #10 on: May 30, 2018, 17:25:13 »
I thought I might post a quick update. I graduated Pres BMQ on Sunday. I'm thrilled to get that under my belt and I'm thinking about using my time between now and the next phase of training wisely. I have some physical training goals to achieve and I'm going to ask about AJSO DL stuff in the mean time. I'm very please that I ranked third in my course and I'm trying to keep that in mind whenever my impostor syndrome flares up. I learned so much on course about myself and what I'm capable of. Looking forward to building on, and further developing my new skills.
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Re: Preparing myself for disappointment
« Reply #11 on: May 31, 2018, 09:22:48 »
I had Wolff-Parkinsons White Syndrome.. Similar to a heart murmur and was found medically unfit for Air Crew, which had been my dream for my whole life. I found out there was a corrective surgery for it. I had to wait a year to get the surgery, but began the appeal process a couple of months before it was done, so as soon as I was back on my feet, I was walking back into the recruiting center.

I accepted my offer for ACSO earlier this month and have BMOQ scheduled for August. Don't count yourself out just yet, I know lots of people who have successfully appealed.
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