Has this ever happened


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5-Year Member
Aug 2, 2007
I went for the eye exam and the doctor said I had -14 diopters. I know that the academies can give out waivers to students with -7 or -8 diopters, but is -14 a little much? Should I really try to pursue my goal of gaining admission into one of the service academies or should I find another college path? I also assume this disqualifies me from ROTC also?



If your refractive error is really -14.00 diopters, then I can not see you getting a waiver from any service academy.

*NOTE* I've been wrong in the past, and I'm sure I will be wrong in the future!!

My first suggestion to you is to see your family optometrist to find out from him/her what your refractive error is. If it appears that the examiner made an error, then I would get copies of your last 3 to 4 years of eye exams and forward those to DoDMERB.

Otherwise, if a service academy or ROTC program is your dream, do not let this stop you in the process. I would continue on, but make sure that you have back-ups. I can not say you will be successful, but I do know that if you do not give it a try you will definitely not get in.

As always, I'm here to answer any questions you may have.