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  1. Astro, Guard and Reserve have to meet the same medical standards and process through the exact certification folks when applying since they are trained at active duty bases. Once you complete training, then you are owned by ANG/AFRC, but until then you are treated the same as active duty.
  2. With -4.00 sphere and -0.75 cylinder, your total myopia is -4.75. It sucks to be over the limit by 0.25, but that's why you were DQ'd. Threeholer was correct, if you want to fly PRK or LASIK is your friend.
  3. At -4.00 you meet the CSO standard based on current policy. Are there numbers after the -4.00 in your refraction? If so those are added to the -4.00 and might be putting you over the limit. See page 725 of the waiver guide link posted previously.
  4. OK, then maybe my response was premature. I'm not sure I can give you a good answer. I haven't seen waivers or disqualifications for IBS-C. All of the IBS cases I've seen are for the "D" variant which don't get approved.
  5. I'm confused. You're asking about the waiverability of a medical condition you don't have?
  6. For someone applying to a flying position, I'd think the odds of a waiver are not good. IBS and flying are just not compatible.
  7. I hope not. The Konan CCT takes longer to run and it occasionally fails people who have normal color vision because it penalizes a person so severely when they miss a stimulus they should have seen (i.e. finger error, brain fart- you press left when you meant to press right). The Rabin CCT is calibrated every week to ensure the monitors are producing the correct colors. So, if the monitor drifts slightly over time, the software adjusts the color to get the desired output.
  8. For IFC I, no I would not expect a waiver.
  9. Jon, USAFSAM has no authority to offer a positive recommendation for anyone who exceeds waiver limits. They essentially interpret the policy for the waiver authority. AFMSA (and AETC) have the authority to waive anything they want. They usually follow the written policy, but not in every case. I don't know what they will do in this case as there are very few people who have refractive surgery with refractive errors above +5.00. At this point, there seems little harm in starting an ETP. I don't see it having any impact on your medical disposition. You are technically still DQ'd so an ETP can be initiated (it can't be if your disposition is still in limbo). If AFMSA comes around and offers a waiver then you d/c the ETP process.
  10. That is a really dated link. I could refer you to the current MSD (Medical Standards Directory), but it requires a CAC. All I can tell you is that -3.00 on a cycloplegic exam is the limit for IFC I for the AF. PM if you want more information.
  11. No, standard is still 55 or better for each eye / all colors with the exception of MOD which can go down to 35.
  12. The time is definitely not limited by the medical side. Physicals can be processed and stamped within a day or two if it's a rush. Maybe just the backlog in scheduling seats at UPT??
  13. AF has no standards for uncorrected vision. Their standards are strictly based on your refractive error, which can be no worse than -3.00 D for IFC I.
  14. The AF does not use uncorrected vision. It's all based on your prescription. So, it's impossible to say for sure, but if you are 20/80, it's unlikely your prescription would break the limit. The rules are the same for all airframes.
  15. QMar, First off, I'm sorry to hear of your misfortune. The problem with keratoconus (KCN) and flying for the Air Force is that the AF invests a lot of money to train pilots and anyone with a progressive eye condition runs the risk of not being able to maintain vision within standards for the expected flying career (10 years after UPT). As you accurately stated, policies change with time and as collagen crosslinking becomes more common in the US (it's only been FDA approved for a couple of years) there is a possibility that policy regarding crosslinking will change. However, the AF still doesn't even commission people with KCN much less put them into UPT. They are looking at a policy to allow commissioning with KCN if treated with crosslinking and with a period (maybe a year) of demonstrated stability. So, if it ever gets to a point of allowing entry into UPT with KCN and crosslinking it's probably going to be quite a ways down the road. PM me if you want more specific information on your case.
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