DQ'ed at MEPS for excessive refraction. The numbers they got were -8.00 and -8.50. Waiver came in 3-4 days later, and now I'm an 11x DEPer. I'm 20/20 with glasses. The docs won't pass me for an airborne physical because of that. However, the MEPS personnel told me (With the most serious looks on their faces. So serious that it was almost funny. ), "you can still volunteer for airborne school at AIT." It wasn't just one person either. I was told this on 3 separate occasions throughout the day. Are they pulling my chain? I mean, I would LOVE to be able to do it, but I'm looking at this logically... If I can't meet standards now, why would I be able to meet them at AIT? Are the standards at MEPS different or something?
If indeed I cannot volunteer for airborne at AIT because of my eyesight waiver, can I get laser eye surgery and get airborne eventually? What about RASP?
Thanks. Any feedback will be appreciated.
EDIT: Forgot to add this. Before they threw the airborne phys paper away I read something like "20/20 one eye, 20/(some high number. I think it was 80) in the other" and "no more than -8.00". I only have one eye over -8.00 and it's BARELY over. I could easily be 20/20 in one eye and 20/25 in the other with -8.00 lens. My ophthalmologist was able to correct me to 20/15 when I went about a year ago. I didn't want to argue with the doc, since I'm sure she knows what she's doing, but that's what the paper said. All I care about is being able to go airborne at AIT, since I wanted the earliest possible ship date anyways.