Definition of "not physically qualified"

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  1. Micro8s

    Micro8s New Member

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    I was looking at the career opportunities on the naval academy website and i clicked on the link that said "Restricted Line & Staff Corps" and it said that "Midshipmen who are not physically qualified to serve in the warfare areas but who can be commissioned as active duty officers can choose from a wide variety of alternatives and pursue a career all the way to the flag officer rank of admiral." I was wondering whether that meant they could not pass a physical test (cannot pass a certain mile time for example) or does it mean something that is out of that persons hands that prevents them from being physically able to serve "in the warfare areas" like a serious injury? I might be overthinking it but i would just like some clarification :)
     
  2. usnabgo08

    usnabgo08 USNA 2008/BGO

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    micro8s,

    In most circumstances, medical reasons (i.e. color blind, etc) prevent a MIDN commissioning into an Unrestricted Line community (think ships, planes, submarines). Not being able to complete the PRT or other "physical" activities (that don't stem from a medical condition) is not a reason USNA will commission a MIDN into a Restricted Line/Staff Corps community. If a healthy/medically good-to-go MIDN cannot pass the PE program at USNA, there is a good chance he/she will be asked to leave.
     
  3. USNA'02

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    allergies is another one that can pop up during your college years...especially food allergies to things like soy, gluten, etc...
    a lot of BBall players are TOO tall and end up going Supply Corps (a restricted line community)
     
  4. NavyHoops

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    I have seen Mids get NPQ'd for a number of reasons - Being too tall (over 6'6" qualifies someone to go unrestricted line - so yes a few hoopsters each year), color blindness, loss of hearing, some years a few Mids unfortunately get cancer (but thankfully survive, but most are NPQ'd), allergies, and some sports injuries can be severe enough. Each year also a few Mids are not qualified to be commissioned due to diseases or other items... most of these have been be from cancer, diabetes, Chrones disease, or severe cases of depression. These are just the ones I have seen, but I am sure there are others out there.
     
  5. 89inthehouse

    89inthehouse New Member

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    6'6" and taller all go URL?

    Hey Hoops-

    Are you sure it is 6'6"? Also, is it mandatory for anyone 6'6" and taller goes URL? I always thought it was 6'8", but now I am not sure. Thanks!

    '89


     
  6. NavyHoops

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    89 I thought it was 6'6", but could be 6'8". If I remember right, it doesn't make it mandatory NPQ. We had a guy that was 6'8" go Marines. He was just a really tall target and had to dig a really deep fox hole! I think they have the option to URL. I know a few guys who were around that height that went URL and some went SWO or Marines. I think most didn't fit in cockpits and I think subs were too small for them.
     
  7. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    There are many reasons people can be DQ'ed and there are different standards for each warfare specialty. When I was there, one guy was DQ for flight due to eyes (this was pre-PRK and LASIK), DQ for subs due to allergies, and DQ for surface due to multiple and serious ankle/leg injuries. He went Cryptology.

    Another friend was NPQ due to eczema from day 1. Went supply.

    Had a football player blow out his knee. DQ for aviation. Went USMC ground.

    A decent number of mids have health issues arise during USNA that will DQ them for one or more warfare specialties. This is the reason USNA is so particular in admitting students. If they take a bunch with medical issues coming in, and then get more during the 4 yrs at USNA, they will end up with too many DQ (restricted line/staff) officers and not as many as they want going into warfare specialties.
     
  8. NorthernCalMother

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    My son, USNA '11, said it wasn't as straightforward as height -- it was a series of ergonomic measurements re: torso, legs, etc. taken well into the USNA experience (I forget if it was late 2/C year or early 1/C). He's 6'7" and was DQ'd from both Navy and USMC flight options --not a problem for him, as he wanted USMC ground.
     

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