Another color vision post


10-Year Member
5-Year Member
Mar 1, 2007
I recently decided to take the ROTC route instead of the academy so my current credits will transfer. However when I talked to the head of admissions at the local AFROTC this past weekend, no one there had heard of the FALANT test. I'm assuming that this test is offered to AFROTC cadets if it is to AFA cadets, but I want to make sure before I commit to anything. Thanks.

The US Air Force only recognizes the PIP or Ishihara color vision tests. The US Air Force also does not have any color vision requirements for entrance. The sea services (Navy, Coast Guard, Merchant Marines) are the only ones who use the FALANT color vision test, and only if you miss more than 3 on the PIP or Ishihara color vision plates.
If you want to fly, you have to ask for a waiver and pass the anomaloscope examination. There are 2 places that have this AFA and Brooks. Just to let you all know the AF has a different standard for the graduation/pilot selection physicals.

Son spoke last week with "his" ROTC unit. They told him yes he can get PRK after he is in the program and apply for a waiver, 80% are given the waiver for pilot selection.

If you don't want to fly your golden.
What is the anomaloscope examination? I had the PIP vision test performed at the local optometrist, and I did not do well enough for pilot qualification. Is it possible to pass the FALANT but fail the anomaloscope exam? Or does the anom. exam. give definite results? I had planned to start AFROTC next semester but if I have a better chance getting in the air through NROTC, then I've got to make some calls.
The AF doesn't use Falant. They only use PIP, if you flunk the PIP you can apply for anomaloscope examination. It doesn't mean you will get the test. If the is nothing certain about the military is that everything changes.

The Unit Officer at my S's AFROTC unit also can't pass the PIP. During the his years at AFA they didn't allow anyone with color weakness a waiver. The year after he left they did again.

If you feel uncertain about this call the AFROTC unit you are thinking of joining ask these questions to them. If you don't get the answers then go NROTC.

My son was just happy to know that there is a chance, nothing certain, but a chance.