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>> No. 12358 Anonymous
10th June 2018
Sunday 6:40 pm
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Have any of you lad/lassm8s held a regular job while being a spare time military reserve?

I'm learning nothing new in my bland corporate job, so I'm thinking of trying for something like communications in the RAF.

Tell me why this idea is silly/great.
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>> No. 12359 Anonymous
10th June 2018
Sunday 6:43 pm
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>>12358
>Tell me why this idea is silly/great.

It's a great idea, but you could easily get called up into a war zone.
>> No. 12360 Anonymous
10th June 2018
Sunday 7:31 pm
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>>12358

Sadly no, I was refused entry on no less than 4 medical grounds, (lactose intolerance, risk of kidney stones, knee surgery and historical depression). Which is a shame because I'm the sort of person who likes doing grueling outdoors experience's in awful weather for fun.
>> No. 12361 Anonymous
10th June 2018
Sunday 7:45 pm
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>>12360
How do you know if you have a risk of kidney stones? Is there something that runs in your family?
>> No. 12362 Anonymous
10th June 2018
Sunday 8:56 pm
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>>12361
I have a horseshoe kidney.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horseshoe_kidney
>> No. 12363 Anonymous
10th June 2018
Sunday 8:56 pm
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>>12360

How much do the medical requirements vary by position? I can understand that prior knee surgery would rule you out from being a squaddie who has to lug half his bodyweight in gear around all day, but what if you were a radar operator? Or an engineer on a sub?
>> No. 12364 Anonymous
10th June 2018
Sunday 9:55 pm
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>>12363

There are minimum health and fitness requirements for all branches of the forces. Regardless of your role, you may be required to carry out strenuous physical tasks or operate in remote environments with minimal medical facilities. There are obviously significant variations in what might be required of you, which will be taken into account during a medical examination and physical fitness tests.

An engineer on a submarine doesn't have to do much running about, but they might have to perform physically demanding tasks on heavy machinery in a very cramped compartment. The submarine fleet has some of the strictest medical requirements, because of the need to operate covertly while on patrol. If someone falls seriously ill, arranging a medical evacuation might take days or even weeks. You don't have to be super fit to serve on a submarine, but relatively minor health problems like a food allergy or a heart murmur might disqualify you, because they could prove life-threatening in that environment.
>> No. 12365 Anonymous
11th June 2018
Monday 11:30 am
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>>12362
Hang on, 'pedia says it's also called' super kidney'
Is that something they tell kids, or is that what you write on your navy job app?
>> No. 12366 Anonymous
11th June 2018
Monday 7:28 pm
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OP here. The more I search this idea, the more appealing it becomes. I was also looking for paid work to do in my off-time.

I imagine that most companies aren't particularly thrilled to hear you'll be signing up. How can I break this to them gently and not lose my bland corporate job?
>> No. 12367 Anonymous
11th June 2018
Monday 7:35 pm
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>>12366
I think thats the easy part actually - most employers will be pleased you're doing something like this out of work, even with the attendant risks. Also, I think its totally illegal for them to try and get rid of you while you're a reservist.
>> No. 12369 Anonymous
11th June 2018
Monday 7:51 pm
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>>12366

You'll need to check your contract of employment - some contracts have a clause restricting your right to work elsewhere. The MoD will inform your employer that you've signed up, so you do need to tell them.

If you do get deployed, your employer is legally obliged to keep your job open for you, but they don't have to keep paying your salary while you're away. The MoD will pay most of the costs of recruiting and training a temporary replacement, so they won't be significantly out of pocket unless you're genuinely irreplaceable.

All reservist units have an Employer Support Officer who can advise you on how to talk to your employer about enlisting. Serving as a reservist can be sold to your employer in positive terms - you'll gain teamwork and leadership skills, you're doing your bit for the country etc.

It's also worth checking to see if your employer has signed the Armed Forces Covenant.

https://www.gov.uk/employee-reservist/financial-support-for-employers

https://www.armedforcescovenant.gov.uk/get-involved/who-has-signed-the-covenant/

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