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another colorblind question

Discussion in 'DoDMERB' started by Vista123, Oct 24, 2011.

  1. Vista123

    Vista123 5-Year Member

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    My older son has long since wanted to attend S.A. and has aggressively been pursuing this.

    My younger son (a high school soph) has expressed a desire to do the same.

    We do know he is colorblind -he cannot discern reds.

    should we straight-off-the-bat try to discourage him from this goal as an unrealistic endeavor?
     
  2. haleym

    haleym 5-Year Member

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    I believe any color blindness is a disqualifier for a service academy; but it can't hurt to ask a recruiter or liasion officer about this. Maybe ROTC will allow it, if what he is looking for in the long run is service to the country.
     
  3. Pima

    Pima 5-Year Member

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    The branch determines whether or not to waive color blind issues, if DoDMERB dqs him.

    Additionally, since ROTC is under that branches umbrella, and ROTC cadets do go AD, they usually will follow the same as the SA when it comes to waiver issues.

    Some branches, like AF and Army may waive you, but will state you are not pilot qualified. They will use FALANT to determine for the Navy, PIP for the AF. I don't know what the Army uses to test.
     
  4. matt123456

    matt123456 5-Year Member

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    im colorblind but I'm still qualified. I guess it depends on who tests you for the medical exam. My examiner did a test to see if I can clearly distinguish green and red colors and I did very well.
     
  5. Idzak

    Idzak 5-Year Member

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    Matt1234
    What service academy?
     
  6. usna1985

    usna1985 10-Year Member

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    As noted, whether colorblindness will be waived depends on the service and accession program. For USNA it's an automatic DQ. Waivers are available to up to 2% of the class. They must agree to go USMC or a restricted line community where it is not disqualifying (Civil Engineering Corps, for example).

    I can't speak for USAFA or USMA but I believe (could be wrong) USMA isn't as stringent as USNA in this regard.

    The only way to know is to proceed and see what happens -- but be sure to have a solid Plan B in place.
     
  7. matt123456

    matt123456 5-Year Member

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    USAFA, USNA, USMA, USCGA

    ....

    But I am DQ for MMA for some reason lol.
     

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