D156.10 Color vision deficiency

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  1. Vista123

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    D156.10 Color vision deficiency Color vision deficiency

    can anyone clarify? I called dodmerb today and was told that D156.10 Color vision deficiency is only a DQ for water service (USNA, USCGA, USMMA) and this is not a DQ condition for USMA or USAFA (though was told flying is a seperate issue-my son does not want to fly) . However, that differentiation is not clear on the Dodmerb website's List of Disqualification Codes. Can anyone clarify. I feel like the more information I get the muddier it seems.
     
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    DoDMERB gives a common exam to all SA candidates, but the different services, having different missions, have different standards. If DoDMERB told you that D156.10 is a DQ at USNA, USCGA, and USMMA and not a DQ at USMA or USAFA, then it is pretty clear that it is a non-issue at USMA and USAFA (no waiver needed) and it is an issue for USNA, USCGA, and USMMA (a waiver would be required). In other words, if DS is applying to USMA or USAFA the DQ does not apply. If he is applying to USNA, USCGA, or USMMA he will need a waiver from those academies. Best wishes. :thumb:
     
  3. Vista123

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    Thanks IL dad, my second son starts this intense application process soon for the class of 2018 and we want to make sure in the end he has a chance.
    BTW, you have given a lot of great advice on this forum that my older son used when applying for a service academy, thank you!
     
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    Vista,

    If I recall correctly your DS has an LOA for USNA. Has he spoken to his BGO?
     
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    Hi Pima,

    First son w/LOA. (Class of 2017)

    Second son is color deficient (class of 2018 hopeful). We wanted to let Blue and Gold Officer finish with this cycle before pestering him. So no contact yet.

    Vista 123

    Ps you have also been tremendous help! Thanks!
     
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    Some questions for those who have taken the Farnsworth Lantern (FALANT) test for red-green color deficiency... How did it compare to the Ishihara(sp) (book with dots)? more or less difficult? How is the test different? I understand there are lights rather than printed colors, but are the lights obscured/fogged?
    And if anyone has taken the other color vision test (Opti 600?) would you please offer you observations of that test?
     
  7. daw

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    My DS (currently a plebe) had to take the FALANT test. He passed with no problems missing only the first light sequence, and then passed again on I-Day. He said the only tricky ones were the white lights, as they wouldn't always be "true" white...but he said once he figured that out he had no issues.
     
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    Agree with DAW... DS took the FALANT test and only missed the white/green light combo because he said the white light is not true white. Otherwise, passed with flying colors.
     
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    Thanks very much daw and MMMom. I wonder, did your DSs 'fail' the first test (the'dot' test) badly or were they marginal? I sense from your answers they found the latern test somewhat easier. Is that accurate?
     
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    I would say DS missed about 1/4 of the plates... eye doctor called it "mildly color deficient", and since we had NO CLUE before now that he was at all color deficient, I would guess that was an accurate diagnosis.
     
  11. daw

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    My DS had trouble with the lighter colored dots, so like MMMom's DS, probably missed at least 1/4 of them, and we never realized he was color deficient either! lol Fortunately he has no issues distinguishing between red and green.
     

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