“The candidate is attempting to provide additional evidence countering the initial decision to reject/defer. Level 1 Appeals are to be conducted to completion by the selection centre Senior Medical Officer.”
The Level 1 Appeal will have two outcomes:
- If the appeal is upheld you re-enter the pre-Service selection process at the point of departure.
- If the appeal is not upheld then you are advised in writing with reasons. In addition, you are advised that you may appeal at Level 1b.
A 1a would be your first appeal, and as such you should go in with as much evidence to support your case as possible. If you can provide the evidence you need at this stage as opposed to seeing what the army doctors may say on weaker evidence, it will save you months of time and energy. Remember that ‘army personnel need to be physically and mentally fit enough to train, serve and fight anywhere in the world.’ So, as much evidence you can provide to support this statement would be in your favour.
Appealing Level 1a with allergies
As this was the position I was in personally, I know a bit more about how to appeal against allergies than any other medical ailment.
You will need to provide the most up to date information regarding your allergy. In all likelihood, you would have to be retested by the way of skin-prick and/or blood tests. Be prepared that conducting these tests on the NHS can take up to 8-9 months due to waiting lists. My tests were 6 months after seeing my GP to get a test arranged. Furthermore, you need to make sure you are tested at an army approved clinic and make sure you get evaluated by the lead clinician only. Seeing any doctor in that clinic other than the lead doctor may delay your application further.
If you have any supporting information, questions, additional tips and examples regarding a Level 1a appeal then please leave in the comments section below to help others.