All of us apart from Tom suffer from hay fever.
George probably suffers the most. He sneezes and sniffles his way through May and June. We've never sought medical advice over it though, antihistamines keep it under control and manageable.
I never considered it a health problem.

Until Charlie took George to the RAF Careers centre recently.

If you suffer from hay fever the RAF won't let you anywhere near their aircraft.
It's a deal-breaker.
They don't want someone with streaming eyes flying their planes.
It's the end of George's ambition to be a fighter pilot.

However, there are plenty of exciting career opportunities for bright young people in the RAF that don't involve flying.
 George has very sensibly resigned himself to the fact that he won't be able to fly.

And me? I am so relieved.


  1. Poor George but lucky you!

    My hay fever (oil seed rape related) used to be really bad but has improved dramatically since I moved to the middle of the city far away from all those lurid yellow fields, & started eating loads of local honey (probably a result of lurid yellow nectar!)

  2. I feel his pain but I also feel your joy. I know a young lady who did all the training to become cabin staff for Ryan Air but flying made her ill so she has had to rethink her career. I find it very sad that having made a decision for their future, young people are slapped down. Me - I never had a paid career.

  3. There are so many hurdles to get through to be a pilot anyway; aptitude, psychological suitability, the fact that not as many pilots are needed. I'm glad he has been disappointed now and not further down the line. And after that awful accident at RAF Scampton the other day I can't help being grateful for pollen.

  4. Poor George, but I can understand that you are relieved! I was going to suggest the local honey, too.

  5. after many years in RAF life myself I totally agree with you, be thankful for pollen! Lots of good careers in the RAF for bright enthusiastic young people, he'll find an exciting one.

  6. Anonymous6:50 pm GMT

    Hoorah for pollen!

  7. Oh, Sue, I don't know whether to be sorry for him or pleased for you!

  8. I'm pleased he's managing to take the news in his stride.

    I've had hay fever since I was a teenager, but this year - gone! I put it down to pollen tablets and aloe vera juice. Foul, but not nearly as bad as that 'underwater' feeling all Summer long.

  9. When my son started at Sandhurst they discovered a tiny patch of psoriasis, he'd had hay fever and asthma as a child and had already discounted flying planes or helicopters.
    Luckily the patch was so tiny that they have let him stay in, his Passing Out Parade is in 5 weeks! Then I'll really worry.
    I hope your son perseveres with his dreams. Military Life provides a great career and super life for young men, but it's not so wonderful for anxious mothers!

  10. My daughter is an air cadet too and until recently was seriously considering a career in the RAF, the recent cuts have made her think again and I'm not sure how I feel about it but can certainly empathise with you and George. My friends' son entered the RAF as an helicopter mechanic this year and for a while it looked like his hammer toes would scupper his chances, who knew?

  11. I know how you feel - my son was considering being a pilot, but a stint in the ATC convinced him that a military life was not for him. I would have been proud of him if he had joined that RAF, but I would have been very anxious. Good luck to George in the career he chooses.
    Best wishes, Pj x

  12. Anonymous11:18 am GMT

    O,poor George.I hope he will cope with the disappointment but like you I must say i'm relieved too.

  13. Instead of "grounded", let's just say "re-directed". It will all be for the best.

  14. My son also harboured dreams of flying but is colour blind and wouldn't even be able to get a full flying licence - he was upset when he found out but still took some lessons anyway and still hopes that someone will come up with glasses or something that will sort the problem out.

  15. Pati from London2:00 pm GMT

    What about a commercial pilot? Do they have the same restrictions? xPati

  16. I don't know about commercial flying Pati. He can get his private pilot's licence though. I don't think commercial plane have the same appeal to him.

    Carol, such a shame for your son too. Colour blindness is a big no-no for many things.

  17. It's really good to hear that George hasn't just been thrown into despair, but has remained positive. My son (11) also dreams of flying in the RAF ... but has asthma, so won't be able to. Now his focus is on convincing us he should have flying lessons anyway .........!


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