Here is what it says about Lasik in the medical enlistment standards... http://usmilitary.about.com/od/join...a/eyes.htm
Refractive Eye Surgery
This includes (but is not limited to) a history of lamellar surgury, penetrating keratoplasty, LASEK, and LASIK.
Radial Keratotomy and Astigmatic Keratotomy is disqualifying.
LASEK and LASIK is disqualifying if any of the following conditions are present:
(1) Pre-surgury refractive error in either eye exceeds + 8.00 to - 8.00 diopters.
(2) At least 6 months recovery period has not occurred between last refractive surgery or augmenting procedure and MEPS medical examination.
(3) There have been complications, and/or medications or ophthalmic solutions are required.
(4) Post-surgical refraction in each eye is not stable as demonstrated by (a) At least two separate refractions at least one month apart, the most recent of which demonstrates more than +/- 0.50 diopters difference for spherical vision and/or more than +/- 0.25 diopters for cylinder vision; and (b) At least 3 months recovery has not occurred between the last refractive surgery or augmenting procedure and one of the comparison refractions.
To my understanding waivers are extremely hard to impossible to come by in the Coast Guard and even very difficult to come by in the other military branches as well, the minimum bar has been raised immensely, so I concur with the information given to you that the CG will take a applicant not needing a waiver before they would ever take one needing one...actually there are probably so many in line not needing any waivers that they do not need to even consider approving a waiver, there simply is no need...it sucks without question, but in this economy kids are lining up around the block and willing to wait for months and even years for just a chance to get accepted, it is not like the old days when you could walk in sign some papers and get on the next bus, that is for sure.
I wish him the very best!