Color Blind

Discussion in 'DoDMERB' started by MomofFutureLeader, Jul 1, 2011.

  1. MomofFutureLeader

    MomofFutureLeader 5-Year Member

    Jul 1, 2011
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    My DS had his DODMerb eye exam yesterday and failed both color blind exams (not even close to passing). However, he did pass the vivid red/green section. We realize that he will not be able to fly. He wants to attend the USAFA (1st choice), USNA (2nd choice) or USMA (3rd choice) and study political science. He would have loved to learn to fly; however this was not his dream, nor was it his career choice to be a pilot. How does this affect his continuing down the path toward each of the service academies?
  2. Hooah1775

    Hooah1775 5-Year Member

    Jun 16, 2011
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    I know what you are going through...experienced the EXACT same issue a few years ago, Larry Mullen (now Retired), former Deputy Director of DoDMERB, was gracious as always and sent the following regarding "PASS" Vivid Red/Vivid Green" -- direct from him sent last year (FYI: Failed PIP in '08 and at Academy Day 2010 - Mr. Mullen performed Vivid Red-Vivid Green test - passed).

    It is a bit heart-breaking when you first learn about Color Blindness, but if Cadet Candidate is motivated to serve and be an Officer, then options exist! Stay strong!

    Below is the info from the infamous, tireless and inspirational Mr. Larry Mulen:

    "Doubtful for Sea Services – USNA, USCGA, USMMA, NROTC
    Possible for – USMA and AROTC (must discern vivid red/vivid green)
    No problem for USAFA, AFROTC or NROTC (USMC Option)

    Larry Mullen
    Deputy Director, Department of Defense Medical Examination Review Board (DoDMERB)
    8034 Edgerton Drive, Suite 132
    USAFA, CO 80840-2200"

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