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  1. Go get a 2nd and 3rd doctor opinion. I consulted 3 eye surgeons for my PRK and one of them (who is very popular around me) gave me measurements I knew couldn't be right and also he told me something medically false. Other two doctors were spot on. I would get second opinions.
  2. Hey guys! I took the test and passed with a 56. I must have bombed the Hidden Figures. Literally I like guessed on almost everyone. Was frustrating bc it was nothing like the study guide. Mechanics was easy, aviation section easy but material that I didn't see in study guides or FAA manual. So I'm good with a 56 then? From my understanding the pass mark is 40 so I should be good.
  3. Quick question for those that have had PRK? I had my surgery in late April, so far I'm really impressed with the results I'd say I'm 95% satisfied. However, I see a little bit of glare at night when looking at lights. My understanding is this goes away after a few more months as part of the healing process. I used a really top surgeon with the latest technology. I've been consistently reading 20/20 at each check up. What are people's experiences with healing? Also, is it possible to get a flight physical without going to MEPS? I understand this to be possible.
  4. Guys, thank you all so much for the input. Been reading the FAA manual and yes Gideon I will be checking out your resources. Unfortunately, the Army ROTC officer forgot about my scheduled test date so we have now rescheduled to June 23rd. More time for studying I bought an ASVAB study guide and another well rated SIFT study guide. Any areas of focus within Mechanics and Aviation that are recurring etc? I really want to do well! Is the math section from ASVAB a good resource for practice questions?
  5. Hi! I'm scheduled to take the SIFT on June 2nd. I took a week off work beforehand. I'm scoring well in math, simple drawings, Hidden Figures (with squinting). Aviation section I'm comfortable but I could do better. Mechanics I'm struggling a little with. Been a while since high school. Given my time left before the test (approx 2 weeks) any additional resources? Good websites on aviation? Which chapters of FAA book do I NEED to read? Additional practice problems? I'all take what I can get! Especially on Aviation and Mechanics questions. What should I focus on? I would greatly appreciate it!
  6. Hi! I'm scheduled to take the SIFT on June 2nd. I took a week off work beforehand. I'm scoring well in math, simple drawings, Hidden Figures (with squinting). Aviation section I'm comfortable but I could do better. Mechanics I'm struggling a little with. Been a while since high school. Given my time left before the test (approx 2 weeks) any additional resources? Good websites on aviation? Which chapters of FAA book do I NEED to read? Additional practice problems? I'all take what I can get! Especially on Aviation and Mechanics questions. What should I focus on? I would greatly appreciate it!
  7. Hey everyone, I got PRK the other day. I tested 20/20 24hrs postop. So far so good. Taking the SIFT next month.
  8. Yes, I called. There's a section on refractive surgery in the aeromedical policy letters. It's the office for aeromedical policy at Rucker and the phone is answered by an admin. I kindly explained my situation and she transferred me to a doctor. The guy goes by the title of doctor and he was super helpful and able to answer all these technical questions when it came to eyesight therefore I reasonably assume he's a flight surgeon. Use the Medstandards app. It's free and it contains the Army's aeromedical policy letters. It has an in depth section on refractive surgery.
  9. Guys, I wrote a detailed post on this but will rewrite. Look at 'MedStandards' app on the App Store it has the aeromedical policy letters. It has the number for the flight surgeon at Rucker and I gave him a call. I have 20/200 currently but am getting PRK next week. I gave the flight surgeon my eyeglass prescription as well as my measurements from my laser surgeon and he said I was well within pre-op standards which is +\- 8 diopeters. I've spoken to him like 5x. Once I get surgery I will have to wait 6 months before MEPS. It's a MEPS thing. It's 3 months for flight physical but MEPS is 6 months. And in order to do the flight physical you have to go to MEPS first. Other people have encountered the same thing on here and they told me it was 6 months also. I will be corrected. Oh also, the aeromedical policy letter states that LASIK, PRK and LASEK are all accepted. If you don't believe me give the Rucker doc a call, he's super helpful.
  10. Guys, download the "MedStandards" app. It's free and it has the aeromedical policy letter from the army dated May 2015. It has the phone number for the flight surgeon at Rucker. I gave him a call and asked him questions. According to him AND the aeromedical policy letter LASIK, PRK and LASEK are all acceptable provided your eyes are within a certain standard pre-op. Furthermore, when the military approved LASIK, the first step was being done with a blade. They found that the chance that the flap could open up is rare but possible. Nowadays most doctors create the flap with a laser which results in a smaller flap and therefore even further reduces chance. This is all based on my conversations with Rucker and my reading of the aeromedical policy letter. Again the doc at Rucker has twice assured me lasik is acceptable. The problem is it seems the info hasn't flowed down to everyone else in the Army. The recruiter I'm working with was under the impression PRK was the only option. However, I called the doc at Rucker again and he said LASIK is all good. Another confusing point. You can have a flight physical 3 months after surgery however MEPS won't let you do the standard physical until 6 months has passed.
  11. Hi, I posted on a separate thread and was able to get a very helpful response, however now I've done more research and I have more questions related to a civilian applicant and certain conditions so I wanted to get feedback on my questions and the specific process all in one place. So I just turned 28, civilian, have a college degree, Eagle Scout and a varsity runner in high school. No arrests, a few speeding tickets. Health wise, I'm pretty healthy however, there are the below items: Eyes: Currently 20/200 correctable to 20/20 with glasses, my prescription is pretty low. The reason my eyesight is off is bc of my astigmatism. I called Rucker and spoke to a flight surgeon there...very helpful actually. The "MedStandards" app is a goldmine, it's got the phone number there and a lot of useful info. I read my prescription to the doc and explained to him I've been evaluated for bladeless lasik and should be corrected to 20/20 no problem. He said it shouldn't be a problem for my flight physical. In my understanding, in speaking with an army recruiter (who actually is helpful) we uncovered that although it's only 3 months after lasik for a flight physical, MEPS requires 6 months before screening you after a surgery like that. Just wanted to see if anyone else as a civilian applicant, has gone through this? I checked to see if I'm a candidate for PRK, but apparently my cornea is too thick. It seems to me based upon all of my research that LASIK shouldn't be a problem. As a kid, I was told that I had flat feet because I didn't have enough of an arch. I have an arch but I suppose it's not as much as it's supposed to. I was never prescribed orthotics and have never had pain in my feet. I have backpacked over 50miles with a backpack, ran as a XC runner in high school and ran a half marathon 3 years ago and I have never had pain that stops me from doing those activities. Now I'm hesitant about dedicating all this time because I don't want to get dinged at MEPS over something that isn't even a problem for me. I have a few friends in the Army and they said just to keep my mouth shut at MEPS and I'll go right through especially as it's not a problem. My research seems to indicate that if you can prove it's never been a problem or never prescribed...it shouldn't be a problem. I would just hate to get LASIK and study for the SIFT to get dinged on this. Any thoughts? Waivers? 4 years ago, I had minor surgery on my elbows to move a nerve around. Just a few stitches. All they did was snip a small nerve and move it around so it wasn't rubbing up against other things. I haven't had any problems since. Will this be a problem at MEPS? Keep my mouth shut? Obtain the paperwork from the surgeon? How much time should I dedicate to the SIFT and ASVAB to get a score of 70? Seems to me like I should use the 6 months I have to study. I got 2 study guides for SIFT off of Amazon, they seem to be pretty good from reading so far. Finally, would anyone who's a current pilot mind me messaging them? I'd like to get a conversation going and if you think I'm a good shot I'd like to ask for a LOR down the road. I've accomplished anything I wanted to in my life and I feel this would be a challenge that pushes and stimulates me and I like that. One more thing, how likely is it if I ask for an apache slot that I'll get it? I'll push my self to do the best I can at all stages to make me a good candidate. Thank you for reading and I appreciate your feedback. Thanks to those who have served or are currently serving.
  12. Hello. I'm a civilian with no flying experience and recently became very interested in WOCS and helicopter flying. I have spoken to 2 recruiters and done some initial research. 1) I am quite healthy except my eyes are currently 20/200 (correctable to 20/20), however I had a surgeon examine them and he told me I'm a "textbook case" to be corrected to 20/20 or better. I downloaded "MedStandards" off the Apple Store. This is quite helpful, it has the latest policy letters from all the services. Upon reading it, it appears this shouldn't be a problem for me. Does anyone applying with lasik (prk can't be done for mine) have any thoughts or experience around this? I also called Rucker and the Sgt I spoke to there said I shouldn't have any issues if I'm corrected. 2) I'm 28 yrs old (in a few days), in decent shape (used to be much better), have a college degree (good GPA), Eagle Scout. I know that if I fully commit to this path I can knock out these tests (motivated studier). 3) What are my motivations? I'm very patriotic and would like to serve my country. I moved here from Europe when I was 5 and I want to give back to a country that has given me more than I could ever ask for. Additionally, I always wanted to be a military aviator when I was younger. However, I wrote it off because I was told only 20/20 vision was acceptable. I know that this process will be difficult, but honestly I do my best when I'm challenged. That's also another motivation for me...I'm just not challenged with what I'm doing in my life right now. 4) I'm looking for thoughts and advice on the above. I don't want to invest the time studying if my eyes are a no go, from my understanding that shouldn't be the case though. So obviously, the next steps for me would be to get LASIK done and take the SIFTI?? 5) Applying as a civilian do I have to enlist first or submit the whole application and then if accepted then enlist? The scenario I'm trying to avoid is signing a piece of paper that puts me in another MOS. I would appreciate your thoughts and help on the above and thank those currently serving our country.
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