# Perfect vision required for every branch of military?

#### RobertM

##### New Member
I've recently found out that I have 30/30 vision, and it's of course correctable to 20/20.

This is a simple question. Do you have to have perfect vision to fly in all branches of the military? It's my understanding that you do for at least the Air Force. Does this apply to all?

Thanks for the help.

-Robert

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I've recently found out that I have 30/30 vision, and it's of course correctable to 20/20.

This is a simple question. Do you have to have perfect vision to fly in all branches of the military? It's my understanding that you do for at least the Air Force. Does this apply to all?

Thanks for the help.

-Robert

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You just have to have it corrected to 20/20. A lot of our pilots in the USAF have glasses and contacts..you'll be fine.

Who tested your vision from 30 feet?? It should be tested from 20 ft or the 'simulated' equivalent. Possibly, you misunderstood, or were misinformed. Your vision should represented as 20/xxx, the first number representing the distance in feet from which the test was administered. That's the standard to which you'll be measured. IF your test was administered from 30 feet, and you couldn't read the 20/20 line, that doesn't mean that you couldn't read that line from 20 feet.

According to my wife's best friend's brother who flies C5s in the Air Force, you have to have 20/70 uncorrected, 20/20 corrected. Your distant uncorrected should not be a problem, but I'm not sure about your near vision. Since its close, corrected, and your distant vision is considerably better than 70, you might be able to get some sort of wavier. I don't know how that all works as I'm not in the air force. I could be wrong about the 20/70 also, its just what I heard through a chain of people. Good luck!

To build upon Robert's question. Is it realistic, or even possible, to be able to fly in any branch of the military with colorblindness?

In the Navy, at least for active duty personnel applying to go to OCS, the requirement is uncorrected 20/40. Once you are designated in the aviation community, it can slip to 20/70. Lastly, if you have PRK and your vision is corrected to 20/20 you can still fly.Just remember if you have PRK that it isn't a good idea to go to "Crazy Eddie's Discount Laser Surgery" when you are going to have someone pretend to be a Jedi in your eyeball...

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