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Last Post 11 Dec 2018 10:29 AM by Old Guard2. 3 Replies.
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10 Dec 2018 07:28 PM
    I am currently at the Virginia Military Institute but want to leave and enlist in the coast guard. My dream is to be a coast guard rescue swimmer, but am concerned my vision is not good enough. I have about 20/100 uncorrected in my left eye and 20/70 uncorrected in my right eye. On my right eye, corrected, I have 20/20 but on my left eye, corrected, I have 20/25. The reason for this is that I have amblyopia and therefore a lack depth perception too (in that left eye). Is there any chance of me attempting to join the rescue swimmer community? If not, could I join the AMT or any enlisted job in the aviation community?
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    10 Dec 2018 07:49 PM
    Both AMT's and AST's are flight crew members. Logic would dictate that one would need to have normal depth perception to be part of a flight crew.. The Medical Standards for Enlistment manual does not list depth perception issues specifically, but it would likely fall into one of the many miscellaneous areas for disqualification. We have an rescue swimmer active on this forum. He may be able to offer more detail.
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    11 Dec 2018 03:57 AM
    To maintain our flight status, we do have to complete a depth perception test as part of our vision test. Its actually a pretty weird test and kind of hard. I'm not sure what would happen if we didn't pass but I know we have to pass it but we have to pass every part of our flight physical in order to remain in flight status. I'm not going to say its a hard no because I don't know for sure but I would think lack of depth perception may be a DQ. I'll shoot our flight doc an email today and ask.
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    11 Dec 2018 10:29 AM
    Would that be a DQ for those ratings or all service?
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