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Eyesight requirements

#1
Hi, im new to this forum, so im not sure if this is in the right place. Im interestead in joining the army, but my vision in my right eye is pretty bad (-7.5) and Im worried this may affect my chances of getting in. I can see 20/20 with my glasses and contacts in, but without them i can only see a couple of feet in front of me. Does anyone know what the requirements are to pass? As im only 20 in a couple of months, I still cant get laser surgery for another year.
 
#2
Just go and get your application pack from your ACIO and start the process, youll then be given your Health questionairre and optician forms. Once completed send them via the ACIO to the ADSC med sister who will let you know either way. At least then you have a accurate decision rather than guestimation.
 
#3
mate I was in the same position as you, my left eye is -5.00 and my right eye is -5.50. Unfortunately it's not possible to get in to the Royal Artillery trades with eye sight this bad, however you can join the Infantry/other specialisations. I start at ITC Catterick in Febuary. Best Of Luck.
 
#4
If i remember correctly you are just inside the limits so you should be ok for most jobs. Except air corps etc obviously.

I am not 100% though but call your AFCO and they should be able to advise you.

J.
 
#5
JayCam said:
If i remember correctly you are just inside the limits so you should be ok for most jobs. Except air corps etc obviously.

I am not 100% though but call your AFCO and they should be able to advise you.

J.
Yeah, even if you wanted to be a sparky or EOD :D
 
#6
As long as your eyesight is OK with corrective lenses then you should be fine. I cant see a fcukin thing without my specs and I had no problems getting in 8 years ago.

I've also had regular checks where they assess my sight with & without my specs and they have always said its fine.
 
#10
there is a limit on how much correction they allow

i THINK its +/- 6 diopeters

edit.. sorry mate, i think it might be too bad at -7.5

What is the eyesight standard for the Army?

Eyesight Standards The standard personal weapon is the SA80 and this requires vision in the right eye to be correctable to no less than 6/9. Vision in the left eye must be correctable to no less than 6/36. Spectacle correction must be no greater than -7diopters or +8 in any meridian. Certain types of surgery or laser treatment to correct visual defects are unacceptable and clarification should be sought prior to application.
quote from armyjobs FAQ