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    IPhone to Galaxy S9+

    I'm also beginning to grow tired of the Apple BS, $1450 for a phone is quite steep, plus being tied to their ecosystem is like having a slow leak that you know is there, but can't do much about. Lol... It's been a while since I've used Android phones, but last I remember their apps always seemed not to work as well as on the iPhone, it was almost as if all the development time was spent on the iPhone version of an app and then they quickly put something together for the Android folks, perhaps that's changed. Then there is the case of some, like ForeFlight, not doing anything on the Android side. I was thinking of maybe skipping on the iPad and using the XS "Max" in lieu of an iPad Mini for ForeFlight but who knows if that'll even work out for my private pilot stuff, plus I think that new iPhone is just too expensive, I might as well get a new iPad for that kind of money, or a laptop, or so many other things. Luckily, or unluckily I have a grandfathered unlimited data plan with Verizon so I'm stuck with them. They are very reliable in my area (So Cal); therefore, I can't complain there. Although last year they sent us a letter saying that all of us grandfathered people that were paying $30 for unlimited data would now pay $50 for our data plans, which is fine, it is what it is. I expect another letter when we switch to 5G. I have the 6S Plus right now, but I'll keep an eye on that new Google Pixel phone being announced this October. I had one of the Samsung Note phones ages ago, and although not bad, I want to try HTC or Google, if I do go that route. Oh, and to the person above me, I've never done it myself but you can definitely transfer all your photos, movies, and music to a non Apple device, that shouldn't be a problem.
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    Upcoming Boards

    Thanks everyone for the information. I just turned 30 a few days ago, and will be putting together a package and sending it out. It’s reassuring to know that waivers are a possibility. I would love fighters, but who wouldn’t, they are awesome. As soon as I get done with the AFOQT, TBAS, and PCSM I’ll know where I stand. Studying hard so that I can get the highest scores possible on the first try. I have a non STEM degree (Finance) with a less than stellar gpa, so I want to shoot for above 80 on all the AFOQT sections to account for that. I’m also going to start flight training soon, ideally I want to submit my package with the private and instrument certificates done to give myself the best chance possible. I also don’t know a single person in the Air Force, I’m in So Cal, so hopefully that doesn’t hurt me too much. I’ll of course be willing to relocate. Anyways, love the forum, great information and it’s awesome to hear the success stories.
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    Change to Air Force Color Vision Policy

    Thanks! Will definitely request the Cyclopentolate and while I’m at it I’ll see if I can request a stereopsis measurement as well since I’ve read on the forums that’s another thing that sneaks up on many applicants. I’ll report back with the results, hopefully they are positive. Thanks again, you have been extremely helpful.
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    Change to Air Force Color Vision Policy

    Thanks Dayton, I'll take it one step at a time and will go ahead and find my refractive error to better gauge where I stand when it comes to that aspect of my vision. Once again, I really appreciate your quick feedback. Thanks!
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    Change to Air Force Color Vision Policy

    Thanks Dayton, I appreciate your detailed response. I figured that was the case since I had read on here about people who normally do pass the Ishihara having trouble with the CCT so why would it be the opposite for me. I guess it's just that snippet of hope that creeps up sometimes, regardless, I understand. I'm also due for an eye check up soon and will ask my eye doc about my refractive error just to be better informed. It's always hard to come to terms with my vision being such a limiting factor, but such is life. Thanks again for your reply.
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    Change to Air Force Color Vision Policy

    Hello everyone, I'm new here. I've done quite a bit of reading and have found this site to be great resource of information. Thanks to everyone who has contributed. I'm very interested in joining the ANG unit as a pilot but will be turning 30 in a few months. I understand the implications of that, and since that's not what the question is about, I'll get on with it... Early in life, when I was about 14 years old I ran into the Ishihara Plates at physical exam for a city job that I was going to do during the summer, and ever since then knowing that I can't pass it sort of killed the dream. I'm able to see green and red and the whole rainbow in my day to day life, but it is what it is. Fast forward to now, I was going through the forums and came across this link that shows an image of the Cone Contrast Test that the Air Force now uses: http://iovs.arvojournals.org/data/Journals/IOVS/932965/z7g9991111660001.jpeg and to my surprise I'm able to see everything down to the bottom, all the way to the 100th level. It's not easy, but I can see the letters which is more than I can say for the Ishihara, which I completely bomb. Is this an indication that I might be able to pass the actual eye color exam or is it that by using my own computer in a non controlled environment I'm only fooling myself? (I've now used two computers, apple and windows, plus my iPhone, same results.) Also, as a side note. I use contacts. +3.00 on the left eye and +2.50 on the right eye. I can see fine without them, but after a while my eyes do start to get a bit tired, but it's not like I take them off and everything is blurry, to the contrary I'm able to drive and read without them just fine, it's just the stuff that's very up close that tires them out. I just wanted to mention that, although from what I've read on here I understand that I won't really know if I'm within limits unless an eye doc actually does the exam. I just felt that since I'm asking about eye stuff, it was pertinent to mention it. Regardless, I appreciate any input, and due to my age and eye problems I understand that this is a very loooong shot, but I figure the worst that can happen is I get a "no". Thanks!
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