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The military must make sure that all the individuals joining are in optimal physical health. It will be essential to maintain their safety as well as the safety of those with which they serves. There are certain medical conditions that could disqualify individuals from enlisting, however, it is not a fore gone conclusion. Some conditions listed as disqualifying conditions can be waived when applying for enlistment. If you have any of the following potentially disqualifying conditions it is important to inform your recruiter because failure to notify the military of any significant medical conditions could result in dishonorable discharge if later discovered.
Distance visual acuity of any degree that does not correct to at least one of the following with spectacle lenses:
20/40 in one eye and 20/70 in the other
20/30 in one eye and 20/100 in the other
20/20 in one eye and 20/400 in the other, for entrance into the USMA or ROTC distant vision acuity must correct to 20/20 in one eye and 20/40 in the other and for entrance into the OCS distant visual acuity must correct to 20/20 in one eye and 20/100 in the other
Near visual acuity of any degree that is not corrected to 20/40 in the better eye
Refractive error (hyperopia, myopia, astigmatism) or history of refractive error prior to any refractive surgery manifest by any refractive error in spherical equivalent of worse than -8.00 or +8.00 diopeters, if ordinary glasses cause discomfort by reason of ghost images or prismatic displacement, if corrected by orthokeratology or keratorefractive surgery; enterance into USMA or Army ROTC programs have the following disqualifying conditions:
All types of astigmatism over 3 diopters
Hyperopia over 8.00 diopters spherical equivalent
Myopia over 8.00 diopters spherical equivalent
Refractive error corrected by orthokeratology or keratorefractive surgery
Contact lenses – specific complicated cases that require contact lenses to correct vision for issues such as corneal scarring or irregular astigmatism
Color vision – failure of test not automatic disqualification, adequate color vision is a prerequisite for many military specialties; for entrance into the USMA or Army ROTC or OCS programs, the ability to distinguish and identify without confusion the color of an object, substance, material or light that is uniformly colored a vivid red or vivid green is a requirement
Men – any height below 60 inches or above 80 inches
Women – any height below 58 inches or above 80 inches
Head injury - History of head injury with:
Applicants who suffered a severe head injury are considered unfit for a period of 5 years following injury at which time a complete neurological and neurophysical evaluation showing no residual dysfunctions or complications are present must be completed to provide evidence of being fit for consideration, applicants who suffered a severe penetrating head injury are considered unfit for a period of 10 years following injury at which time a complete neurological and neurophysical evaluation showing no residual dysfunctions or complications are present must be completed to provide evidence of being fit for consideration. Severe head injuries are defined by one or more of the following:
History of disorders resulting in any of the following:
Learning, psychiatric and behavior disorders
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