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Major Physical Qualifications for SNA (Very Important)

papacarter

College Student
Civilian:
  • ASTB (around or at least a 50 6/6/6)
  • BA/BS in any major with min 2.0 GPA (no restrictions but technical degrees preferred)
  • Age: at least 19, less than 27 at time of commission
  • MEPS Vision
    • 20/40 correctable to 20/20
    • Color Vision
    • Passing A-D with no misses on AFVT Depth Perception
OCS:
  • Flight Physical (2nd day of OCS)
    • Manifest Refraction
      • Astigmatism no greater than -1.00 diopters
      • Hyperopia no greater than +3.00 diopters
      • Myopia no greater than -1.50 diopters
    • Anthropometrics
      • 62" - 78" (male), 58" - 78" (female)
      • Sitting Height: greater than 34" and less than 38.8"
      • Thump-tip Reach FR: 29.5" or greater
      • Buttock Knee Length: greater than 22" and less than 26.5"
      • Weight: greater than 103 lbs and less than 231 lbs
    • Depth Perception (pass one of three)
      • AFVT: A-D with no misses
      • Stereo booklet: at least 40 arc second circles
      • Verhoeff: 8/8 correct first trial or, if any missed 16/16 correct on the combined second and third trials
  • IST
    • At least a Sat Med (Good Low recommended)
API
  • Another Flight Physical before API
  • PRT
    • 1.5 mile run in 12:00 for under 24 of age
  • Mile Swim in Flight Suit

Tips:
  • Strongly recommend going to a civilian ophthalmologist to see if you're even qualified and to not waste your time.
  • If you fail DP at MEPS (which most likely will happen), it is not over by any means. My recruiter is letting me take the vision portion of a flight physical by a flight doc. A flight physical allows you to take all three tests. So if you fail the AFVT, you can ask for the Randot test (wear glasses and look at a book) which is a lot easier. You can also do vision therapy to improve DP. Remember, no civilian waivers are accepted for failing DP.
  • Get glasses if you are borderline 20/20 and under 20/40. You need to get all the letters right to pass the vision acuity portion of the flight physical.
  • In case you are concerned with the anthropometric standards:
    • Sitting Height: Bottom of buttocks to top of head
    • Buttock Knee Length: Back of butt to front of knees
    • Thump-Tip Reach FR: Stand in corner, put arm out. Measure from back wall to the tip of right thumb.
 

Flash

SEVAL/ECMO
None
Super Moderator
Contributor
  • If you fail DP at MEPS (which most likely will happen), it is not over by any means. My recruiter is letting me take the vision portion of a flight physical by a flight doc. A flight physical allows you to take all three tests. So if you fail the AFVT, you can ask for the Randot test (wear glasses and look at a book) which is a lot easier. You can also do vision therapy to improve DP. Remember, no civilian waivers are accepted for failing DP.
Eh? I would be wary of making that claim.
 
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Jim123

DD-214 in hand and I'm gonna party like it's 1998
pilot
unless things have changed recently, a good "oh by the way" is be prepared to run this on a loose wood chip trail with slight rising and falling terrain with sharp 180 degree turns. That catches alot of people by surprise
I would have phrased that as "it makes it obvious which people haven't gone for a run in weeks or months."
 

NavyOffRec

Well-Known Member
Tips:
  • Strongly recommend going to a civilian ophthalmologist to see if you're even qualified and to not waste your time.
  • If you fail DP at MEPS (which most likely will happen), it is not over by any means. My recruiter is letting me take the vision portion of a flight physical by a flight doc. A flight physical allows you to take all three tests. So if you fail the AFVT, you can ask for the Randot test (wear glasses and look at a book) which is a lot easier. You can also do vision therapy to improve DP. Remember, no civilian waivers are accepted for failing DP.
overall of all the applicants I put through MEPS few of them failed DP, the ones that frequently would go to a civilian doc for the most part failed that test too, of course I worked with someone that worked diligently to get their candidates retested, and nearly all ended up not passing the flight physicals at OCS anyway.

It is rare to be able to get examined by a USN flight doc, those that are in FL or close to it can often get a NAMI physical as part of what NAMI does is to qualify people for SNA, other with other USN MTF it is not their job to qualify people for SNA so often they will not agree to conduct an exam.
 

FrankTheTank

Professional Pot Stirrer
pilot
unless things have changed recently, a good "oh by the way" is be prepared to run this on a loose wood chip trail with slight rising and falling terrain with sharp 180 degree turns. That catches alot of people by surprise
When I went thru API in 1994, it was the obstacle course that got folks.. Do they not do that any more?
 

Flash

SEVAL/ECMO
None
Super Moderator
Contributor
When I went thru API in 1994, it was the obstacle course that got folks.. Do they not do that any more?
No, they stopped making it count in about ‘98 or so and it isn’t even there anymore, I think it got washed away by one of the later hurricanes.
 
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