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Air Force ROTC Medical Requirements

Medical Requirements

MEDICAL EXAMS: All scholarship recipients and members of the Air Force ROTC Professional Officer Course (POC) must take and pass a Department of Defense Medical Examination Review Board (DODMERB) medical exam. DODMERB is the medical certification agency for Air Force ROTC scholarships. Most applicants will either be scheduled to take the physical exam at the nearest military base or sent to a designated civilian contractor. DODMERB will send you complete instructions. If you cannot meet the scheduled date, request another date. As a candidate, you’re responsible for all costs of travel, food and lodging related to the medical examination and personal interview.If you wear hard contact lenses, remove them a minimum of 21 days before the examination; remove soft lenses 72 hours before the examination.

DODMERB determines if you are medically qualified for the program. Physicals normally take 6-8 weeks to process. Scholarship winners are advised that no scholarship will be activated until the individual is medically qualified for a commission. The process is lengthy and may involve several months of processing and correspondence.

If you are found to be medically disqualified, a waiver request will be automatically forwarded from DODMERB to AETC/SG for consideration. If your waiver request is denied and you believe there are extenuating circumstances that justify further consideration, follow the DODMERB instructions (with notification letter) regarding rebuttals.

If you have a medical question, DODMERB is your only official source of information. Write DODMERB, Colorado Springs, CO, 80840-2200, or call (719) 333-3562.

Pilot/Nav Qualifications

Interested in flying? We’ve listed below some general qualifications. Once in Air Force ROTC, cadets must obtain a Class 1 Flight Physical.

> Pilot:

  • Vision:
    • Normal color vision
    • Distant vision, uncorrected to 20/70, but corrected to 20/20
    • Near vision, uncorrected to 20/20
    • Meet refraction, accommodation and astigmatism requirements
    • Corrective eye surgery could be a disqualifier
  • Have no history of hay fever, ashma or allergies after age 12
  • Meet Air Force weight and physical conditioning requirements
  • Have standing height of 64 to 77 inches and sitting height of 34 to 40 inches

> Navigator:

  • Vision:
    • Normal color vision
    • Distant vision, 20/200 but corrected to 20/20
    • Near vision, 20/40 but corrected to 20/20
    • Meet refraction, accommodation and astigmatism requirements
    • Corrective eye surgery could be a disqualifier
  • Have no history of hay fever, asthma or allergies after age 12
  • Meet Air Force weight and physical conditioning requirements
  • Have standing height of 64 to 77 inches and sitting height of 34 to 40 inches

Source:
AFROTC Medical Requirements
www.afrotc.com

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