I received a letter stating that I "do not meet the DoD medical standards" due to my color deficiency and consequently my applications to the USNA and USCGA have been disqualified. The letter states that admissions may initiate the medical waiver process if I am deemed competitive. Should I contact admissions and ask if they intend to begin the waiver process? Attending the USNA or USCGA has always been a dream of mine, so this process has been incredibly disappointing.
For what it's worth, just because you're deficient doesn't technically mean you'll need a waiver. If you can't pass the PIP test (the one with the dots), there's a secondary test they'll have you take. It used to be the FALANT which is just identifying a combo of red/green/white lights. As long as you passed that you were fine and did not require a waiver.
I know aviation is no longer using that, they have some new computer test that supposedly gives them more insight into your deficiency. Anyone designated for aviation after December 2016 has to pass the computer test. Anyone before that is grandfathered into the old system and just has to pass the FALANT. I don't know for sure, but my guess is that phasing out FALANT is a Navy-wide thing now and you'll need to pass the new test.
AIMWTS search in Jun 2015 revealed a total of 2896 individuals with an AMS containing a diagnosis of color deficiency. Of that total, 1260 were disqualified. Breakdown of the cases was as follows: 361 FC I/IA (358 DQ), 726 FC II (46 DQ), 1285 FC III (515 DQ), 305 ATC/GBC (191 DQ), and 219 MOD (150 DQ). Within the DQ category, there were 13 ETP cases (3 FC I, 9 FC III, and 1 MOD). Of this total, 11 were denied and 2 were granted (both FC III). Of the three FC I/IA cases granted a waiver, one was a student pilot from another allied nation that met his nation’s standards, another was a student pilot who had a gap in time before starting training – he met standards with his IFC I exam and then failed with the introduction of the CCT before actually beginning training, and the last was a FC IA candidate and there was a note that the waiver was good for IA only.