Crap Eyesight and entry

#1
I'm a 27 year old ACF instructor, currently considering a change in direction and joining the TA. Namely a TA signals sqd with a CCRF role.

I am still deciding with work/family commitments if I am going to go for it, but would be curious if I am even medically able to.

My unaided eyesight is very poor, I took an eyesight test a few months ago and couldn't read anything in the unaided test (i.e. no glasses), my aided vision (i.e. with glasses) was pretty good. Although would I be failed outright for my piss poor unaided vision?

I know most will recommend going to the unit or recruiting office, but haven't fully thought it all through yet and got permission from the wife!

Cheers and will wait for the interesting comments!
 
#3
Hi

I too wear contacts/glasses and have just done my medical for the signals at the Induction weekend, I could only read the top line without my lenses and I passed the medical.
So its obviously not an issue to them. :D
 
#5
I'm blind as ****, I just didn't take my contact lenses out for the medical and kept stum

But if you would rather go down the integrity route, get to your optician and get your prescription and compare with the entry requirements. some one here will be able to give the med regs
 
#7
Rockhopperst4 said:
I can't even read the top line without my bins on.


eyesight and Colour perception requirements are different for some trades, what were you thinking of joining as?
 
#8
paulus said:
I'm a 27 year old ACF instructor
Damn it, wish this was the NAAFI :x
 
#9
Maybe it should be what you can see but mainly it is your prescription (last I checked). No more than -7 or plus 8 dioptres in any meridian, plus you need to be able to see well with your specs (used to be 20/20 for officers corrected, much lower for other ranks (6/9 right eye nearly blind 6/36 left). Different (obviously) for some things - helicopters, special forces.

For what you want to do you might be pleasantly surprised. Supposedly -2.5 means you can only see the top line (although I could see most of the 20/20).
 
#10
You obviously have not seen that the CCRF role has been binned.
 
#12
Which trade within the RE?
 
#14
I'll have the relevant publication in front of me tomorrow and I'll get back to you with the exact grading you'll need to meet for this, in the mean time can you remember the result you had at the opticians? I need to know which size letters/numbers you were able to read down to.
 

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#15
TOPs, it's the original poster, paulus that needs to know. Rockhopperst4's already in.
 
#16
Doh.


as a general rule the eyesight requirements are shockingly lax. Not being able to read the top of the chart isn't going to stop people from getting in. If you do have problems then your corrected vision will be taken into account as will the strength of your prescription. Too much correction will bar you from entry. Before anyone asks, no it isn't something that can be contested.
Colour perception can also cause problems, before anyone starts quoting results from the facebook eyesight test, that is hardly a calibrated and approved test. It's just a series of images from the official book.

Paras are one group who must be able to differentiate between red and green - we don't want anyone jumping at the wrong signal.
 
#17
Will dig out my prescription and work out the level of correction, theres obviously other factors to take into account (such as if the wife will let me!).

Thanks for the tame replies, I know I wouldn't have faired so well in the NAAFI!
 
#18
As long as your corrected eye sight is good then you should have no worries (depending upon which cap badge you go for i suspect). The RE appear to have very low eye sight standards but i guess that reflects our role, ie my job is sitting behind a desk and thats the same for most of my lot.
 
#19
Rockhopperst4 said:
As long as your corrected eye sight is good then you should have no worries (depending upon which cap badge you go for i suspect). The RE appear to have very low eye sight standards but i guess that reflects our role, ie my job is sitting behind a desk and thats the same for most of my lot.
Not true as the degree of correction has a bearing on entry. I'll have to drag out a copy of PAP 2007 for the exact requirements though.

PAP 2007 says

Under quality EE - visual acuity (ie ability to see at distance aided or unaided)
in both eyes is recorded in certain ratios, i.e. 6/6, 6/9, 6/12, 6/24, etc. For simplicity in recording a PULHHEEMS assessment, these ratios are expressed in degrees as follows.

6/6 or better = 1
6/9 = 2
6/12 = 3
6/18 = 4
6/24 = 5
6/36 = 6
6/60 = 7
Less than 6/60 = 8

Distant visual acuity for the right eye is recorded under the first E and
the left eye under the second E. The degree of unaided vision is recorded in the same way as the degrees for the other qualities. The degree of aided vision, when applicable, is shown below the degree of unaided vision.

Thus a man/woman whose visual acuity is unaided-right eye 6/12, left eye 6/18, and aided-right eye 6/6, left eye 6/9 is recorded as:

E E
3 4
1 2

(2) A man/woman whose unaided vision in both eyes is 6/6 is recorded as:

E E
1 1
and from JSP 346

The following conditions, in either or both eyes, will normally exclude
entry:

Refractive errors; greater than a total of +8.00 and -7.00
dioptres in any meridian
psst, if you don't know what you are talking about then shut the fuck up.
 

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