Chances of a Waiver

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  1. Scooter11

    Scooter11 Member

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    I have yet to take the DoDMERB Exam, but I fear I may be color blind. Does anyone know the test used to detrmine this, and how likely it is that USNA would give me a waiver for this?
     
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  2. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    USNA can waive up to 2% of each incoming class for color-blindness. That's up to 24 people for an incoming class of 1200. The actual number of waivers tends to be much lower.

    Those offered waivers must agree to go restricted line, staff corps or USMC ground. It's a hard hill to climb but not insurmountable.

    As for the medical aspect of your question, you might post it on the DODMERB forum and also search there. There has been a lot of discussion of this topic, tests required, etc.
     
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    I took the opto exam today, it's basically this: http://colorvisiontesting.com/ishihara.htm
     
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    Sounds like it could be pretty competitive, I will certainly look up the conversations on the DoDMERB sub-forum. Thank you :thumb:
     
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    In the recent past, the definitive test for determining color blindness in the Navy has been the Falant Lantern test. This is becoming a difficult device to find, but suggest you check some local military installations, medical schools, larger first tier hospitals/clinics, etc. It is a surprising simple test/device, just not all that high tech. Best wishes.
     
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    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    It may sound obvious, but do consider that if you are colorblind, your options in the USN are very limited. You will not be able to drive ships or subs or fly (pilot or NFO). You can't be a SEAL.

    You must go USMC ground (non-aviation) or choose a USN restricted line/staff position (e.g., supply, intel, aviation maintenance, etc.). Within the restricted line/staff corps, slots for each specialty are limited, so don't assume that you automatically can choose a particular one (e.g., intel) if you want it. It will depend on your class rank and other factors among those who must select those specialties. As a restricted line/staff corps officer, you are not eligible for command at sea, although you could eventually command shore installations. You may still go to sea, however.

    I don't mean to discourage you, but ensure you consider why you wanted to go to USNA in the first place and whether you still can achieve those dreams if your service selection is limited. I believe there are more career options out of USAFA and USMA -- and maybe a greater likelihood of being admitted to their SAs -- with colorblindness, so you may want to look into those.

    I suspect (but am not certain) that, due to the almost exclusive sea-going nature of USCG, colorblindness wouldn't be permitted but, you'd need to check with someone more familiar with that service. No clue re USMMA.
     

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