truthergw, on 23 March 2012 - 09:16 PM, said:
The standards for acceptance were not high so I cannot think many men who were actually fit could fool the examiner. We have discussed a related fact before, that most MOs judged a man on sick parade a malingerer and had to be persuaded otherwise by incontrovertible evidence but the medical examiners were civilians, I believe? Never say never but, in this case, I think I'll chance a few and seldom.
This presupposes that there was a routine medical examination before enlistment, for which I am still awaiting any clear evidence. Certainly, the way resisting conscientious objectors were dealt with points in the opposite direction. When a CO, having been rejected by his local and appeal military service tribunals, ignored his call-up notice, the military sent a notice to the local civilian police, who arrested him and brought him before the local magistrates' court. There he was formally handed over to an awaiting military escort, who took him to the requisiite barracks. There was no built-in requirement for a medical.
This may be contrasted with the WW2 procedure, where a CO who hed been rejected by his local and appellate tribunals was first sent a notice to attend a medical. If he refused to attend, he was brought before the magistrates' court, where they could fine or even imprison him, but they could not force him to take a medical. So long as he continued to refuse medicals, however many times he was imprisoned, the armed forces never got near him.