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Surgery after pro rec Y

Crowbar808

New Member
Hello,
I’m Pro Rec Y for SNA and won’t be going out the door to OCS for another 8 months due to a civilian flying job commitment. I would like to get a rhinoplasty/chin implant soon (like next month) and am wondering how that would affect my status. I am also getting my vision retested at an ophthalmologist tomorrow because I could be borderline on the 20/40 in one eye, so LASIK is something I might consider depending on those results. I’ve done some searching on these topics but I think I am in a slightly different situation due to the long wait I have before OCS. I am aware the LASIK requires a waiver but not sure if the cosmetic surgery will require a waiver
I’d really appreciate any knowledge before I contact my recruiter to discuss this
🙂
 
I'm just another applicant but I would hold off on the surgeries if I were you. Sometime between now and reporting in at OCS, you're going to be asked if there are any changes in your medical history and having two surgeries since your MEPS physical seems like a very significant change.

Is the rhinoplasty cosmetic-related or to help with breathing? If it's cosmetic I would 100% put it off until later. As far as the LASIK, I would recommend taking care of your eyes and passing the eye exam at OCS. I had LASIK prior to my MEPS visit and it was probably the most scrutinized part of my physical. If there are any notes in your medical documentation that look like it might be a long-term issue, MEPS/N3M is going to want verification that it's not an issue from your surgeon. My ophthalmologist noted that I had slightly dry eyes (this was during the winter when they normally get a little drier) and I had to have his office write a letter that it would not require long-term treatment. Also, remember that there's no guarantee that your LASIK will be successful.

You've been medically cleared and you have a seat at OCS right now. If I were you, I would seriously think about if you're willing to risk that seat or risk introducing significant delays in getting to OCS before having surgery. If you do decide to have LASIK, I would print out the sections regarding LASIK in the DODI and NAMI medical guides and take that with you to your consultation. Make sure that you are within the pre-op refraction limits and make sure that your surgeon is willing to schedule visits post-op based on the MEPS refractive eye surgery worksheet.
 

puck_11

Growler LSO
pilot
I would 100% consider the LASIK surgery if you're borderline. I have an NFO in my squadron who showed up to OCS as a pilot with borderline eyes and was not given any love during his OCS flight physical. You have 8 months to sort this out, talk with your recruiter. Bottom line, if you're already a civilian pilot would you be happy pursuing a career as an NFO for the next 8 years?
 

exNavyOffRec

Well-Known Member
Hello,
I’m Pro Rec Y for SNA and won’t be going out the door to OCS for another 8 months due to a civilian flying job commitment. I would like to get a rhinoplasty/chin implant soon (like next month) and am wondering how that would affect my status. I am also getting my vision retested at an ophthalmologist tomorrow because I could be borderline on the 20/40 in one eye, so LASIK is something I might consider depending on those results. I’ve done some searching on these topics but I think I am in a slightly different situation due to the long wait I have before OCS. I am aware the LASIK requires a waiver but not sure if the cosmetic surgery will require a waiver
I’d really appreciate any knowledge before I contact my recruiter to discuss this
🙂
What will happen is you will be TNPQ (temp not phys qualified), then you need to submit all documents for review, there could be a consult needed or not, the wait for eye surgery is 6 months after surgery.

It is possible they will keep you as a pro Y, or they could turn you into a N and have you reapply.
 

Crowbar808

New Member
Thank you all for the gouge and thoughts, that was exactly what I’m looking for. Allego and time bomb- I guess that was my original opinion going in. I kind of started second guessing myself because being a pilot means a lot to me- like puck brought up. Initially when I started this process I just needed a job ASAP because my old airline was affected by covid. I ended up finding a pretty dream civilian job so the goalposts have changed a bit and I want to continue flying as a pilot if possible. I appreciate the nitty gritty details OffRec. I’ll keep yall updated.
 
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Crowbar808

New Member
Alright looks like I’m 20/40 with no problems in my worst eye and 20/30 if I squint. So far so good, I’m not going to take any big risks with surgery- going to roll into OCS- and if something goes wrong I’ll deal with it then and make the best of it, but at least I have peace of mind that I did my part. 🤙
 
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