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Civilian pilot select here from the recent board 15ot01. I met with my recruiter yesterday to get medical docs finished and talk about the upcoming process. To make a long story short: he said that I have to swear in after my MEPS physical and that I can get my flight physical (FC1) at Travis AFB. Has anyone done or heard of this?

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Civilian pilot select here from the recent board 15ot01. I met with my recruiter yesterday to get medical docs finished and talk about the upcoming process. To make a long story short: he said that I have to swear in after my MEPS physical and that I can get my flight physical (FC1) at Travis AFB. Has anyone done or heard of this?

surprised youre doing the FC1 separate for the MFS. but yeah any major base can do the FC1 is the MFS part of that process that suuuck

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dvlax40: I'm confused on the whole process and as I'm hearing now my physical "track" might be much different than others I have read about. In the end I just want to make sure that I am only going in as a pilot selectee and I won't get screwed over (I haven't felt like my recruiter is trying to screw me over at any point) but I just want to be sure my contract is intact. I also don't want to be held up for reasons other than my own. I apologize if I come across as a doucher,I may have had a few cocktails. Thanks for the help!

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I'm right along with this guy ^^^... I did MEPS a few months ago. Didn't swear in but now my recruiter is telling me I need to DEP before going to Mchord to do my FC1? And that if don't pass my FC1 I go back to being a civilian. I'm wondering why I have to swear in to do my FC1 and I didn't have to for MEPS? Just making sure I'm not getting screwed over as well.

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My assumptions only, but I think it's because Big Blue won't pay for you to go TDY to get your FCI if you're still a civilian. You have to be on some sort of military orders for them to pay for it.

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My assumptions only, but I think it's because Big Blue won't pay for you to go TDY to get your FCI if you're still a civilian. You have to be on some sort of military orders for them to pay for it.

^^^^^^^ this

dont know why they didnt swear you in at MEPS... but it is MEPS so that doesnt surprise me.

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How do they test uncorrected visual acuity for the IFC1 and in MFS? Do they use an AFVT? Or is it a chart on the wall?

Also, how strict are they on minor squinting?

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Visual acuity, corrected and uncorrected, is tested with the OVT (Optec Vision Tester). I don't think anyone will be watching your eyes to see if you are squinting or not.

Remember that you must get every letter in a row correct to receive credit for that level.

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Visual acuity, corrected and uncorrected, is tested with the OVT (Optec Vision Tester). I don't think anyone will be watching your eyes to see if you are squinting or not.

Remember that you must get every letter in a row correct to receive credit for that level.

They use the OVT at MFS as well?

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It will be used at MFS.

Are all the vision tests done corrected (with contact lenses or glasses) beside the one Uncorrected visual acuity test?

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You need to be wearing glasses at least 30 days before the MFS evaluation. Contacts (whether hard or soft) change the curvature of the surface of your eye and it both effect the results of your test and that change will be evident to the optometrist reviewing the test results.

Stop worrying so much about this. Most tests are done with correction worn, some do not. The standards are well known and they will not spring something unorthodox on you in the spur of the moment. You are heavily over-thinking this.

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An ANG unit I have applied to needs my approved DD 2808.  My AFRC recruiter (who organized my FCI/MFS) is unreachable while on leave, anyone have advice on how to obtain a copy of the final stamped and approved DD 2808 directly from USAFSAM or AETC?

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I'm interested on the answer for the previous question as well. How can you get the approved DD2808 after completing MFS/FC1 at wright patt?

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I did my FC1 a couple weeks ago, showed up Monday, was done by lunch time Tuesday. Was very straight forward. PM me if you have any specific questions and I'll let you know. Civilian going Reserve. 

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27 minutes ago, black hills tj said:

Heading to Wright-Pat Sunday for my FC1.  Any last minute pointers aside from "relax" would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks in advance.

Smile, laugh and be interested. The folks at Wright-Patt are good and they'll do what they can to help you. You'll do a lot of running around, sitting, waiting and you'll answer a lot of questions. Understand that the entire process is out of your hands, but you can do a lot to "help" yourself by being cordial and polite. 

Plan on visiting the National Museum of the Air Force when you get cleared. It's awesome.

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On 8/26/2016 at 0:45 PM, Kiloalpha said:

Smile, laugh and be interested. The folks at Wright-Patt are good and they'll do what they can to help you. You'll do a lot of running around, sitting, waiting and you'll answer a lot of questions. Understand that the entire process is out of your hands, but you can do a lot to "help" yourself by being cordial and polite. 

Plan on visiting the National Museum of the Air Force when you get cleared. It's awesome.

This is great advice. Also don't say anything stupid that will disqualify you. One guy in my FC1 group complained about having a migraine and they gave him the boot right that moment. The look on his face when his dreams instantly came crashing down was sad to see happen. 

Also, visit the museum BEFORE you get your eyes dilated which usually happens on Tuesday. I went afterwards and couldn't see anything. I tried to take some photos that I could look at later and they all came out blurry. Go figure. 

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I just returned back to my home unit from my FC1.  I would say I was more or less "done" by noon of the second day, and was dismissed with an "all clear" recommendation by Tuesday afternoon.  It really went quite well. All of the staff were very friendly and more than helpful.  They are there to help you succeed, without a doubt.  Wednesday I spent about 5 hours at the Museum...AWESOME!

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Has anyone had to take the MFS seperate from the FC1?  I took my FC1 for an active duty OTS package about a month ago and have since been hired by a guard unit.  I was told I still need to do the MFS but i'm just wondering what all will be involved.  By reading online ive heard they retest parts of vision, take measurements and do some kind of other testing.  Is that really all the MFS is about?  I'm a little worried about the MFS becuase my eye refraction during my FC1 was right at the limit.  I won't be swearing into the unit until mid to late 2017 so i assume my MFS won't get done until after that.  I'm a little worried my eyes will be past the limit by then.

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5 hours ago, Vixty said:

Has anyone had to take the MFS seperate from the FC1?  I took my FC1 for an active duty OTS package about a month ago and have since been hired by a guard unit.  I was told I still need to do the MFS but i'm just wondering what all will be involved.  By reading online ive heard they retest parts of vision, take measurements and do some kind of other testing.  Is that really all the MFS is about?  I'm a little worried about the MFS becuase my eye refraction during my FC1 was right at the limit.  I won't be swearing into the unit until mid to late 2017 so i assume my MFS won't get done until after that.  I'm a little worried my eyes will be past the limit by then.

For eyes, MFS consists of corneal topography, red lens and color vision.  If something on your IFC I raises questions, it can be more than that, but under normal circumstances, you will not see the optometrist or have your refraction repeated.

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On ‎8‎/‎28‎/‎2016 at 7:42 PM, bb17 said:

This is great advice. Also don't say anything stupid that will disqualify you. One guy in my FC1 group complained about having a migraine and they gave him the boot right that moment. The look on his face when his dreams instantly came crashing down was sad to see happen. 

Also, visit the museum BEFORE you get your eyes dilated which usually happens on Tuesday. I went afterwards and couldn't see anything. I tried to take some photos that I could look at later and they all came out blurry. Go figure. 

That's what nightmares are made of...

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Has anybody done their FC1 or been told that you will be taking it at Dover? My recruiter has recommended sending me there because he said there is a huge wait at WP and Dover is ran better.  

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On 1/19/2017 at 11:45 PM, tgonzo29 said:

Has anybody done their FC1 or been told that you will be taking it at Dover? My recruiter has recommended sending me there because he said there is a huge wait at WP and Dover is ran better.  

You can do the FC1 at any base with the appropriate medical facilities, however, you will still need to go to Wright Patterson AFB for the MFS part of it.

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On 1/19/2017 at 11:45 PM, tgonzo29 said:

Has anybody done their FC1 or been told that you will be taking it at Dover? My recruiter has recommended sending me there because he said there is a huge wait at WP and Dover is ran better.  

Dynamite is right.  You're going to Wright-Patt either way.  If you get your FCI at Dover, then you'd go to Wright-Patt for the MFS only.  If you go to Wright-Patt, you'll get a combined FCI/MFS.  I don't know if there is a shorter wait list for the MFS only vs. the FCI/MFS combined.  If you live very close to Dover, it's probably a wash.  However, if it's a 2+ hour drive, you're likely to be making multiple trips to Dover as the odds of them getting everything done in one day is very low.  I can guarantee you that Dover is not even close to the efficiency of Wright-Patt, where there is a dedicated branch designed to process physicals.  That's just recruiter talk.

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