red/green colourblind

Discussion in 'Health and Fitness' started by hayley_90, May 14, 2008.

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  1. i am appling to be an Ammunition Technician, but i have literally just found out that i am red/green colourblind, although this is unusual in females. Will this seriously affect my chances? If it does is there another job i should aim for where this won't affect me?
  2. Ord_Sgt

    Ord_Sgt RIP

    There's plenty of jobs where this won't matter, check with your recruiting officer. I always thought women couldn't be colour blind, a genes thing specific to men, sorry it screwed your chances to do what you wanted, but I'm sure you'll find something equally rewarding where it doesn't effect you.
  3. I'll take a look at the paperwork tomorrow and see which trades don't accept red/green colourblind applicants. IIRC its very few.
  4. it usually it specific to men, as it is carried on the X chromosone, although if both X chromosones are carriers in women this can have the effect of making a female coloour blind. My grandad thinks ham is blue. And my dad couldn't see any colour whatsoever. So i have it on boths side unfortunately.
  5. You won't be able to go ammo tech. (Which is a shame if you are a good looking splitarse!).

    I believe most electrical/electronic trades will be a no go as well, but you will have to confirm that.
  6. Ord_Sgt

    Ord_Sgt RIP

    Thatss a real bummer. However as I've said there are LOTS of other jobs in the Army which you could apply for. TOP will look at those that you're excluded from then you have a starting place to find what else you do want to do. What interests you other than AT? Signals, Engineers, Logistics, Intelligence, the list is very long.
  7. Well and truly out. No way for you to determine cable colours, resistor values and many other things. You will unfortunately have to ask the careers office.
  8. do you know any jobs where this wouldn't affect me cause i'm kinda stumped as to where to go from here?
  9. Ord_Sgt

    Ord_Sgt RIP

    It's difficult to be precise without a better idea of what you are interested in. Technician type jobs are out but that doesn't mean technical jobs are. Let TOP come back with those that you are specifically excluded for colour blindness and then we can start listing those that you are good for. Trust me there is plenty left to look at.

    Don't worry too much about it, this is unfortunate, but something you can't change so try to forget it and concentrate on what you can do and take it from there.
  10. You will never be employed to hunt strawberries in a pine forest but there are plenty of options still.

    Stick with it but don't jump at the first offer.
  11. bloody my typical luck to be in the 1% of females who are colourblind and it really affects what i want to do *rolls eys*
  12. I was initially diagnosed as being colour blind, I was advised to seek a medical referral, and was subsequently diagnosed as having "some difficulty" in distinguishing red/blue tones. In the words of the specialist "more colour dyslexia than colour blindness". That was 22 years ago, when I started my career in communications and ordnance.

    If you can manage the resistor colour codes (LINK) so much the better, but as they are usually surface mounted nowadays (with the values printed), your problems may not necessarily rule you out.

    The message here is don't give up, do take advice, always challenge presumption (diplomatically) and be selective
  13. Ord_Sgt

    Ord_Sgt RIP

    I do know there is another thread on here about a guy who had the same problem, search lantern test to find it if memory serves, he seemed to end up passing if I remember rightly in the end.
  14. That means you are speshul!!!!
  15. Includes trades or postings at least that may require driving on Airfield Operating Surfaces as well.