How to Appeal a British Army Medical Rejection

This is a resource to help all of the Right To Fight supporters and anyone struggling to appeal a British Armed Forces Medical rejection.

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About the appeals process:

We can collectively help each other by sharing our experiences and know-how of fighting an army medical rejection through the forms of appeal.

As we are all in different stages of appeal, those who are further ahead in the process may be able to help those newer to the appeals system.

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If you have any supporting information, questions, additional tips and examples then please leave in the comments section at the end of each post.

I sincerely hope this helps…

Based on my own experiences of appealing medical rejections for a nut allergy for over 18 months and supported by what information is provided to us by the MoD, I have collated the following guides to provide a reference point to help you appeal your own medical rejection as well as to hear what others have to say.

Important: For each of the appeals levels, it is important to abide by the following to ensure your appeal is at the correct location and in front of the right person. Your appeal letter should ideally be typed or emailed. Include your full name URN (a 13 digit unique reference number), date of birth and the level of appeal. It must be signed by you, the candidate, and dated.

It is stated that you must accompany appeals with new evidence which will be considered by a doctor. Please note that a doctor’s reply will be based on the black and white JSP 950 standards and will not take any opinions or letters of support from ‘non-medical professionals including Cadet instructors, teachers and personal trainers.’

Here you can navigate to the most relevant guide to suit your case...


  • Sophie

    Hello, I was rejected in February this year and have finally sent my appeal in to the army. After complaining and having ico investigate I have found that to fight an appeal relating to any misdiagnosis is to ask for the ‘right to be rectified’ in writing to your doctors. They have to response within a calendar month and basically just updating your medical records on any entries that you might disagree with but need sufficient evidence. I was told after a negative asthma test when was 13 years old that it was anxiety and army rejected me for it. However a newer note has just been applied by same doctor who wrote that in same entry that I did not suffer from that initial diagnosis at that time. It had taken me 7 months to fight the appeal but I am hoping I am successful. Hope that helps anyone else.

  • Jarreau bowhay

    Wondering if anyone can help/shed light on what I can do to appeal?

    I had my assessment December last year, passed everything and got my (conditional pass) certificate.
    Conditional due to the dipstick urine test showing trace amounts of blood (painless non visible haematuria)
    I was told I need to prove I am all well with no serious medical conditions
    I’ve spent nearly a year being poked and prodded, cameras shoved in my bits (rigid Cystoscopy) bladder and kidney ultrasound and other xrays, rectal examinations, blood tests and more visits to hospitals and doctors then I ever have in my life.

    In June I sent a cover note, doctors note and a small tree worth Of medical evidence. Which all showed satisfactory results and proof of no medical conditions and no surgery/further action needed.

    Tuesday I finally received a text, saying I had a message in my portal (I was filled with joy, clearly).
    I open the portal and they said their deferring me again for 18 months and I have to do all the tests again every 9 months.

    ive looked at the JSP 950
    and from what I can see I have done all I need to, to prove I am medically fit.

    I’ve spoken to the recruitment centre and they are not being helpful, wont even let me speak to medical to explain I’ve done all asked of me and proven I’m good to go. If I was to appeal I would need new medical evidence but there is nothing new I can do, plus my test results were absolutely favourable and couldn’t be any better.

    If you know what I could do at this point or who to speak to I would be incredibly grateful.

    ps. I applied when I was 29 at the end of the deferral period I’ll be near on 33

  • Laura

    I was recently rejected by the army due to possibly having lactose intolerance, I haven’t been diagnosed yet but apparently display most of the symptoms according to the nurse who interviewed me. I can still eat/drink milk and it has NEVER stopped me from doing anything ever. I passed all of my other medical with no problem, I find it absolutely ridiculous that an intolerance can cause an instant fail. I’m currently appealing the decision made with much gusto and I’m exceptionally happy to find this campaign, so, thank you!

  • Semaa

    Recently just got my application rejected a month ago, due to allergies issues ,But with reference to that I don’t have that issues anymore. Willing to appeal have proof and evidence form my GP , How do we write an appeal
    letter ?

  • Caelan Wilson

    A few months ago my army application was rejected on grounds that I told them I have depression. I believe that I’ve shown considerable effort to join the army, such as exercising regularly and providing my recruiter with updates regarding my physical wellness. I would just like to know if I should appeal the decision to bar myself from joining the army?

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