Uncorrected vision limitations for the Academy

Good Morning,

Still going thru DodMerb process. Is there an uncorrected vision limitation for entrance to USCGA? Does it matter f vision is correctable to 20/20? Is there a limit as to what uncorrected vision New London will wave? Thanks
 

Aeroman65

Dad of CGA 2023 cadet
I found this in the section of common disqualifications on the CGA website:
Eyes and Vision: Uncorrected visual acuity worse than 20/400 in either eye. Vision not correctable to 20/20 in either eye. Refractive error exceeding plus or minus 8.00 diopters (spherical equivalent). Astigmatism exceeding 3.00 diopters and anisometropia exceeding 3.5 diopters. Refractive error corrected by orthokeratology, kerato-refractive, PRK, laser, or any other corneal enhancement.​
 
I found this in the section of common disqualifications on the CGA website:
Eyes and Vision: Uncorrected visual acuity worse than 20/400 in either eye. Vision not correctable to 20/20 in either eye. Refractive error exceeding plus or minus 8.00 diopters (spherical equivalent). Astigmatism exceeding 3.00 diopters and anisometropia exceeding 3.5 diopters. Refractive error corrected by orthokeratology, kerato-refractive, PRK, laser, or any other corneal enhancement.​
Thanks. I read that too. Does that mean that anything beyond those limits can be wavier by the Academy or are those absolutes that will keep a candidate out?
 

Aeroman65

Dad of CGA 2023 cadet
I’m not sure about the waiver process. DD just finished the DODMERB exams and we are waiting for results. I’m not expecting her vision to cause problems, but we still have to wait. Hopefully someone will be able to answer those questions for you.
 

Gaff1225

Member
If the admissions office deems that you are academically competitive, and there is a disqualification on your Dodmerb you will automatically be considered for a waiver to the CGA waiver panel. Waivers are only necessary for something that is outside of the documented limits set forth by the CG medical directives. Nothing is 100% guaranteed to keep you out. Just have to go through the process.
 
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