In 2018 Andrew was downgraded when he was diagnosed with Patellar Tendinopathy. Andrew underwent a year of shock wave therapy and injections, which was unsuccessful. He was told by the medical staff that they would have to refer him to the board of medical discharge.

Andrew contacted our Employment & Education team to seek guidance and help with funding to start a new career as an electrician. Andrew says: “The charity was quick to help me to get on to a level 3 diploma in electrical installation.”

Not long after he started his courses in 2019, he was told by occupational health that he would be extended for a year, in the hope that further treatment would allow him to continue a full career in the Royal Marines.  Sadly, the treatment was unsuccessful, and Andrew was recommended for medical discharge. His last day in uniform was on the 8th of December 2020, after 10 years as a Royal Marine.

“Had RMA-TRMC not helped me with funding, I would not have been able to afford the course myself. I was able to get ahead of the game and I am now employed (which I found through my college course) and have completed most of my training.

“I could have quite easily ended up in a dead-end job, worrying about financially supporting my family. I am incredibly grateful to the charity for the support that was given as I do not feel I would be in the position I am now if it wasn’t for their help” 

Andrew McDermott

Problem, solution, outcome.

  • The problem: Royal Marine facing medical discharge, with no obvious second career path.
  • The solution: The Charity provided funding to enable him to re-train as an electrician
  • The outcome: Andrew now has a meaningful second career and can provide for his family.