Vision and CEC?

Hopefullyengineer

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Hi, im currently a college freshman looking to apply to the CEC community in the navy. Unfortunately my vision is only correctable to 20/20 and 20/40. I've heard that this is disqualifying for navy officers. Is there a waiver process i could go through for this or am I screwed? Any help or advice would be fantastic!
 

Capt MJ

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First steps are to do your research at primary sites and get facts, not get side-tracked by what you have heard or what you read on an anonymous Internet forum, including this one, unless it’s a post by @MullenLE , the Deputy Director of DoDMERB, who generously gives of his time here.

- Go to the DoDMERB home page via Google, and read all the menu items on the left to get familiar with terms.

- All officer accession programs have a physical standard that must be met unless an individual DQ is waived. I believe this is the current standard:
https://www.esd.whs.mil/Portals/54/Documents/DD/issuances/dodi/613003p.pdf?ver=2018-05-04-113917-883


- Find the Navy officer recruiters who handle OCS and direct commission program intakes. I assume you have done the research and are planning to apply to Navy OCS for a CEC seat. These officer recruiters are not the fine folks in the strip mall storefront, whose focus is enlisted personnel. Officer recruiters are officers who work out of a regional office and often make campus visits. That’s how they found me back in the 20th c. Look at the link below for the regional offices, call the number, and say you are in college at X, are interested in CEC and ask for the officer recruiter. You are not in their active zone of recruitment just yet, but you can ask questions, get known as a serious candidate, ensure you are on track. OCS is extremely competitive, so the more information you have to plan your strategy, the better.

- If you are looking into the CEC Collegiate Program when you become eligible, you should be able to find a POC here.

By mentioning Mr. Mullen, this post will be flagged to him. Don’t be surprised if he pops up and offers to communicate with you privately.
 
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Hopefullyengineer

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First steps are to do your research at primary sites and get facts, not get side-tracked by what you have heard or what you read on an anonymous Internet forum, including this one, unless it’s a post by @MullenLE , the Deputy Director of DoDMERB, who generously gives of his time here.

- Go to the DoDMERB home page via Google, and read all the menu items on the left to get familiar with terms.

- All officer accession programs have a physical standard that must be met unless an individual DQ is waived. I believe this is the current standard:
https://www.esd.whs.mil/Portals/54/Documents/DD/issuances/dodi/613003p.pdf?ver=2018-05-04-113917-883


- Find the Navy officer recruiters who handle OCS and direct commission program intakes. I assume you have done the research and are planning to apply to Navy OCS for a CEC seat. These officer recruiters are not the fine folks in the strip mall storefront, whose focus is enlisted personnel. Officer recruiters are officers who work out of a regional office and often make campus visits. That’s how they found me back in the 20th c. Look at the link below for the regional offices, call the number, and say you are in college at X, are interested in CEC and ask for the officer recruiter. You are not in their active zone of recruitment just yet, but you can ask questions, get known as a serious candidate, ensure you are on track. OCS is extremely competitive, so the more information you have to plan your strategy, the better.

- If you are looking into the CEC Collegiate Program when you become eligible, you should be able to find a POC here.

By mentioning Mr. Mullen, this post will be flagged to him. Don’t be surprised if he pops up and offers to communicate with you privately.
Thank you for your response, I've called the ascensions office for my region. Based on what I read in the links you generously provided, my eye should be okay. Thank you for the advice and links you have been so incredibly helpful.
 

MullenLE

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DoDMERB doesn't do OCS exams, BUT, the vision standards can be found at:

Google "DoDMERB;" Hit "Questions on the process;" Read paragraph 22 :wiggle:
 
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