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    On May 22, 2018 a change was made in MANMED Section 15-105 allowing color vision waivers for all spec ops programs except for EOD. Can an admin please provide me with or direct me to credible information on what the standards are for obtaining a color vision waiver for SO?

    Thanks.

  • #2
    The change to the MANMED cracks the door open for those with mild forms of color deficiency. If your world is black and white, forget applying for a waiver. But if you can still distinguish primary colors then you might have a chance. The following definition for deficient color vision is found in MANMED 15-36:

    (d) Lack of adequate Color Vision is disqualifying. Adequate color vision is demonstrated by:

    (1) Correctly identifying 12, 13, or 14 out of 14 Pseudo-Isochromatic Plates (PIP). Applicants failing the PIP should be tested via the Farnsworth Lantern (FALANT) as described below.

    (2) Passing the FALANT test. A passing FALANT score is obtained by correctly identifying 9 out of 9 presentations on the first test series. If any incorrect identifications are made, a second consecutive series of 18 presentations is administered. On the second series, a passing score is obtained by correctly identifying 16, 17, or 18 presentations.

    If you failed these tests by a small margin and you believe your color vision is fine, get a test done by a civilian eye doctor and bring it back to your recruiter for a waiver application. Change 164 allows you a chance to obtain one where previously there was really no chance at all.
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    "The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission."

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    • #3
      Fortunately that's me, very mild. Assuming one passes at a private doc and secures a waiver, will that waiver be vailid if you also fail to pass the test at RTC?

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      • #4
        A waiver is signed off by a Navy doctor, so it will carry weight into boot as long as it is part of your medical record and available for the RTC docs to review. If you have the same mild issues, you stand to pass.
        Navy SEAL & SWCC Scout Team

        "The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission."

        John F. Kennedy
        35th President of U.S. 1961-1963 (1917 - 1963)

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        • #5
          Just to clarify, does that mean one can obtain a waiver after failing at MEPS, go to RTC and still be DQ'd for failing despite being granted a waiver before shipping?

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          • #6
            It is possible, but usually only if the docs at RTC find your condition significantly different that what is documented.
            Navy SEAL & SWCC Scout Team

            "The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission."

            John F. Kennedy
            35th President of U.S. 1961-1963 (1917 - 1963)

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