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Old 01-23-2019, 12:17 AM
 
Location: Rathdrum, ID
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I am an officer in the local Sea Cadet Battalion and was asked by a parent this Sunday when she came to pick up her cadets if colorblindness would disqualify her son from enlisting in the Navy. She said it is a mild case. Kid wants to be a SEAL, but he is still young, so too soon to tell if he has the aptitude and ability.

Does anyone definitely know if colorblindness is a disqualifier? Thanks.
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Old 01-23-2019, 06:51 AM
 
Location: Chasing horses and watching circuses in Atropia.
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Not usually a disqualifier, but it may limit jobs.

The test during the phys at MEPS will determine whether or not he is colorblind according to the military. I recommend he goes through the physical and if he fails the colorblind test act surprised.

So many people get temporarily or permanently disqualified with the "my mom told me I have this" stuff.
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Old 01-23-2019, 08:12 AM
 
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It is not a disqualifier, but it will limit job selection, especially if he is red/green colorblind.
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Old 01-23-2019, 08:14 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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I am an officer in the local Sea Cadet Battalion and was asked by a parent this Sunday when she came to pick up her cadets if colorblindness would disqualify her son from enlisting in the Navy. She said it is a mild case. Kid wants to be a SEAL, but he is still young, so too soon to tell if he has the aptitude and ability.

Does anyone definitely know if colorblindness is a disqualifier? Thanks.

It will not disqualify him from service, but it will from certain jobs, possibly SEALs, I'm not sure.
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Old 01-23-2019, 10:06 AM
 
Location: Rathdrum, ID
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Thanks all for the feedback. I'll pass on the information.
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Old 01-28-2019, 01:30 PM
 
Location: Herndon, VA
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My brother is color blind and it kept him from being in Air Traffic Control for the USAF. He ended up in Base Operations which is somewhat related.
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Old 01-28-2019, 07:36 PM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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I am an officer in the local Sea Cadet Battalion and was asked by a parent this Sunday when she came to pick up her cadets if colorblindness would disqualify her son from enlisting in the Navy. She said it is a mild case. Kid wants to be a SEAL, but he is still young, so too soon to tell if he has the aptitude and ability.

Does anyone definitely know if colorblindness is a disqualifier? Thanks.
I was Army and assigned to a joint service unit in the 1986 period. We had an Air Force Captain who had colorblindness... It was obvious. He entered the military with the condition and he went on to retirement with no problem. I would imagine a lot of factors would be considered and times can always change.
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Old 01-28-2019, 07:59 PM
 
Location: Rathdrum, ID
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I passed on the info, and it was appreciated. About an hour or so ago, I stopped by my tennis club to reserve the ball machine for tomorrow's slot, and the local Armed Forces Recruitment Center was across the parking lot. Decided to stop in and ask. I scored big time! Got a large donation of old uniforms for the cadets. Much appreciated.

A couple of the recruiters confirmed what has been posted here. Colorblindness will not prohibit someone from enlisting, but it will definitely disqualify them from certain ratings. Basically, anything where color is important. He specifically listed Aviation ratings and Electronic ratings. They also said Special Warfare is not an option. (I forgot to ask about "mild" colorblindness.)
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Old 01-28-2019, 11:11 PM
 
Location: Elysium
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If the Navy runs like the Army with its Special Forces physical qualifications then the SEALS would probably not be available
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Old Yesterday, 09:42 AM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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A couple of the recruiters confirmed what has been posted here. Colorblindness will not prohibit someone from enlisting, but it will definitely disqualify them from certain ratings.
Thanks for the update!
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