03 July 2012
Allergic teen prevented from joining the Army claims discrimination
A teenager believes he has been subjected to discrimination because his restrictive diet prevented him from being admitted to the Army.
Adam John, 18 - whose great-grandfather James Vickers served in the second world war - was not permitted to join the military because of a nut allergy.
Mr John was informed he could not enter the armed forces because it was not guaranteed he would not be served nut-free products while on the frontline - yet special arrangements are already in place for vegetarians and servicemen and women with dietary restrictions based on their religion.
He stated: "They can prepare other foods carefully for those who eat halal or kosher because for a Muslim to eat pork is a huge issue and care has to be taken."
Mr John said he is so eager to become a soldier he is willing to sign a disclaimer stating he will not sue should he have an allergic reaction while serving.
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Posted by Trusha Vyas