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My eldest did apparently have to do the personality test as part of the testing.Maybe I'm totally off base with this as I'm drawing my information from when I worked at a certain training institution as well as friends who worked for CFRG.
I was told we weren't really allowed to screen for mental health issues any longer. At least not in a way that would actually reveal underlying issues. We don't screen for fitness so I don't find it particularly difficult to envision us not really doing a vigorous mental health assessment. Perhaps I am totally off base though? Given that you and BA are actual med pers, I probably am. Maybe we are allowed and are just bending the rules? Who knows.
They do make you take the TSD-PI, which apparently is supposed to assess your personality suitability for military service.
Let me read it and get back to you. Thanks for the share.
As for the training institution you speak of, I worked there in a clinical capacity - yeah, there were a lot of folks that obviously ticked the boxes they wanted people to see and then managed to get through with a free degree on permanent TCats OR were incredibly messy administrative burdens...and or both in a few cases.
I'm speaking from my time doing recruit and later, PHE medicals on people. Funny how I could tell (and would confront people) when it was obvious they were not reading what they were ticking Yes/No to on the questionnaires.
I personally think that people should provide a copy of their provincial pharmacy dispensing information and their medical records if applying - having that chart would actually speed up some of the RMO backlog, as what's happened and is happening could be followed in the notes. Drug dispensing also shows what they've been getting, duration, time last filled, etc. It's like the drug use information sheets - it's almost like people don't realize we were reading that with their questionnaires...much like the person in the ER that tries telling me they haven't had "X or Y" meds when I have a copy of their provincial dispensing record, and often a record of their past ER visits. It would make life easier for both the applicant and the system IMHO.
Medicineman said it better (and responded quicker) and from a more recent clinician POV. This paper from a CFC student (a GDMO) may be of interest about the process, pros/cons, and some suggestions for improvement.
UNDECLARED MENTAL HEALTH DISORDERS AMONG CAF APPLICANTS: CAN APPLICANT MENTAL HEALTH SCREENING BE IMPROVED?
Interesting paper - and funnily enough, we shared ideas.