*Insert nerd wings here*
What's even worse is getting NPQ'ed further down the line. We had a slew of NA/NFO seelectees in our OCS class that got NPQ'ed right around candio phase. Especially for stuff that should've shown up at MEPS, that was the kicker.
It does suck, but the upside is that you redesginate. If you don't survive your flight physical with the AF, you have to reapply for a non-rated (non aviation) job, which are really competitive just like their corresponding jobs in the Navy (intel etc). The Marines do their flight phys up front, but I'm not sure if you have to reapply for a ground contract should it not go well. So I'm glad that I at least managed to walk away from OCS with an intel slot that I probably wouldn't have got coming in as a civilian. As painful as the system is, I think that getting contracted to be a pilot (unlike the academy or ROTC) and then getting offered something else when NAMI whammied, but being able to walk away if you want, is probably the best deal you could get coming off the street as far as designation goes. A lot of people at OTCN I spoke with were Academy SWOs who were NPQed after their commitment, and didn't have access to restricted line options. Academy and ROTC folks can only go URL unless they have some issue that prevents them from being URL qualified (like colorblindness). I got hit on anthros, and had I been a ROTC or academy guy I wouldn't have been able to go intel.
Of 10 guys with pilot in my class, three of us were outright NPQed, one is still fighting NAMI, and one is just in a waiting period after some treatment before he can apply for a waiver (he's expected to get through). One of our SNFOs was NPQed for motion sickness during IFS. So out of 19 guys and 1 gal, we've lost four, and could lose another two, just on medical alone. One other guy had some issues pop up down at NAMI but made it through in the end. (I apologize to any hopefuls reading this, I don't want to scare you off)