Scared Scholarship Designee DODMERB

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  1. g.kwak

    g.kwak New Member

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    I am a scared high school scholarship designee for the AFROTC. I got the scholarship on April 1st (i swear i thought it was an april fools joke) and recently got a mail for the DODMERB exam. All of a sudden, i realized I might not pass my eye exam. Ive been wearing glasses ever since 2nd grade and i have TERRIBLE eyesight with 360.2 astigmatism and i am nearsighted. I plan to become a surgical nurse and clearly stated my intentions to major in nursing.... Even if i were to get a waiver, would my condition be waived? Would anyone please give me some advice?
     
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    Thank you. Based on my previous exams, I would definitely DQ for that..... are there cases when students are not granted waivers because of their bad eyesight???
     
  4. Falcon A

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    g.kwak -- I am not a doctor.

    Yes . . . there are definitely cases when candidates and students are not granted waivers because of eyesight, but there are also case where waivers are granted. Each case and circumstance is different.

    Here is quote with some additional information from a knowledgeable poster:
    You might use the search tool in the upper right corner on this page to look for posts from this poster and to search for threads on the topics of "vision waiver, eyesight waiver, astigmatism waiver", etc. to see what the experience of others have been.

    Also, here are 3 links for AF medical documents that may help in your research regarding the AF Medical Standards, waiver authorities, etc.:

    http://static.e-publishing.af.mil/production/1/af_sg/publication/afi48-123/afi48-123.pdf
    http://www.wpafb.af.mil/shared/media/document/AFD-141014-044.pdf
    http://www.tamc.amedd.army.mil/offices/Ophthalmology/docs/2010/USAF RS Waiver guide.pdf

    Sincere best wishes.
     
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    Hello! My DS was disqualified for having astigmatism of 3 diopters and correctable vision of 20/25. He is currently waiting to see if he will be granted a waiver. I think you should Look up the vision requirements for each SA.
    Good luck!
     
  6. Pima

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    Your major does not matter because every cadet enters under the premise they will serve ADAF in some capacity. Rated/non-rated occurs when you are a junior in college, and that is when eyesight becomes a factor.

    You just have to go through the process. Please understand that this is not just about you. It becomes an AF thing from multiple aspects. Health costs being one of them. Deployment being another.

    I get your intention is to go nursing, and they know this, but the reality is the AF is slowly replacing nursing staff with civilians. Most AF bases do not have surgical units anymore, only the big bases like Brooks, Ramstein, etc have that option, otherwise any surgery that is needed, even a military member is sent off base for surgery.
    ~ Honestly, I can't think of many AFB that have surgical units. DS1 is an O2 pilot (14 winging) and I can tell you the 3 bases he has been stationed at so far did not have surgical units, heck they don't even have maternity wards, and their ER closes at 4. This has been true for years upon years...think since 2000.

    Unfortunately, the military is getting out of the health care business, and now it is more typical to be referred out to a civilian Tri-Care provider. Sorry if that is disheartening, but that is the future.

    Best of luck.
     

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