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Old 7th December 2008
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Default Assignment restrictions for colorblind?

I'm colorblind and am going to need a waiver for the academy. I was wondering if anyone knew specifically what fields I would be restricted from entering. Obviously aviation but to be a surface warfare officer or marine corps officer? Anyone know?
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I am pretty sure you are restricted from Navy and must commission Marine Corps. Waivers for colorblindness are very few and far between. They do happen but very rarely.
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Old 7th December 2008
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I am pretty sure you are restricted from Navy and must commission Marine Corps. Waivers for colorblindness are very few and far between. They do happen but very rarely.
My son is in the same boat for Class of 2013, waiting for a color blind waiver and they are as rare as hen's teeth we were told! If you're a recruited athlete you might have a chance and you will have to commission as a Marine. That's not a problem for my son as that was what he wanted anyway.

For restrictions, yes Flight is definitely out and so is Surface Warfare. I read an article where an Admiral was found to be color blind later in his career and had to switch over to supply. You can of course join the Navy any day of the week as a Color Blind ~enlisted person. I was told that the Officer has to be able to stand watch and being color blind would hinder that in Surface Warfare. I guess they forgot that enlisted men have to stand watch also....

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Why does colour blindness affect Naval careers but not MC careers?
Not that I am colour blind, just interested in being a Marine
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Why does colour blindness affect Naval careers but not MC careers?
Not that I am colour blind, just interested in being a Marine
It's claimed that the color coding of sea navigation could be at risk with someone with even limited color vision deficiency. Only about 2% to 8% of white males with European descendants have a color vision problem. It's usually not present in women and extremely rare. Even with limited color vision (able to see vivid red and vivid green) you're disqualified.

There is a benefit to color vision deficiency in the Army or Marine Corps, some studies claim that camouflage is easier to see as a color blind person.

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Old 8th December 2008
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Larry Mullen is the expert on all things DODMERB, but from what I know, USNA rarely, rarely waives for colorblindness.

Red/green colorblindness is disqualifying for pilot/NFO at least in part b/c the landing lights are red & green. In the surface/sub world, buoys are red/green and there is also need to differentiate lights, signs, etc.

The good news is that a higher percentage of USNA grads than ever is going USMC. However, admitting someone who can ONLY go USMC is very limiting -- and what if the person doesn't want to go USMC or, more importantly, USMC doesn't want him/her?

As a general rule, USNA wants to admit as many students as possible who can medically go into any available service selection, recognizing that some mids will lose eligibility over the course of their 4 yrs at USNA. Every person who enters USNA already limited by a waiver makes the service selection process more complex. That's why waivers are tough to get and, the more a waiver will limit service selection options, the less likely it is to be granted.

But again, check with L. Mullen for details.
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Old 8th December 2008
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Quick question: If a candidate were to pass that FALANT-test thing successfully 100%, would their service assignment still be limited?
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Old 9th December 2008
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Default Restricted Line Officer

My son is currently attending USNA class of 2012 with a color vision waiver. He will be able to choose Marine Officer although pilot is not an option.

When he accepted his offer of appointment he had to sign a form stating that he knew that he would have to go Restricted Line if he chose Navy over Marine. Restricted Line Officers are not eligible for Command at Sea. There are many different types and communities, including Engineering Duty Officers, Aerospace Engineering Duty Officers, Aerospace Maintenance Duty Officers, Naval Intelligence Officers, Information Warfare Officers, Information Operations Officers, Public Affairs Officers, Naval Oceanographers, Information Professionals, and Human Resources.

Also, staff corps is an option which includes Medical (Doctor and Nursing), Dental, Chaplain, Civil Engineering, Supply and JAG (law). It is very very tough to get a service selection for medical school and law school from USNA.

He says he is happy with his choice to attend USNA and pursue his dream which was a long and arduous course of getting the waiver. He says he is where he belongs. He was told by many that this waiver is rarely given but did not give up. He did have a plan B in case the waiver did not come through. I suggest that all candidates do.

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Old 9th December 2008
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^^^^^

Unless things have changed, you can't go directly from USNA to JAG/law school. You must first serve some time on active duty and then apply for the program.
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