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    Hi everyone, I have just learned about this site in the last hour or so and it seems a great way to be able to voice any concerns or queries that people may have in joining the RAF. I have one of my own...

    I am currently in my first year at University and would have liked to have joined my local University Squadron, however I was refused to train as a pilot due to the eye sight requirements...fair enough. However, when attending my local air show last year I visited the RAF recruitment stand which were handing out the annual RAF Corporate Communication Magazine 2003. As I was browsing through the magazine I was astonished to see that a RAF test pilot was sitting in his cockpit wearing a pair of glasses.

    Now, is it just me but I thought that to even be considered as a pilot you must have 100% perfect vision, as I am fully aware off! Then why is a fast jet test pilot wearing a pair of glasses? Surely according to the RAF regulations that it is unsafe to fly such a machine without perfect vision. I must admit I am extremely confused especially when I have been refused in this specific branch because of my vision.

    Could someone please answer my question and put my mind at rest once and for all on eyesight requirements. The photo is on page 29 of the annual RAF Corporate Communication Magazine 2003 if people have not yet read it.

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    never believe anything you read and less of what you see. You cannot fly in the RAF with glasses. period. You can however join the RAF as I myself wear glasses for reading sometimes. I think the marker for pilot is a -0.5 deficit and I am a -0.7 which is only a fraction of a margin. Everything else in the RAF is open to you, if you have any other questions let me know.
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    Either you or someone else posted this exact question not so long ago, and I wrote you/him/her a fairly lengthy reply explaining this in detail. Look for the last "RAF eyesight" thread.
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    My optician owned a log file that contained information on eye site for military piloting. She was able to carry out an eye examination on me to see if i met the required standards....maybe your optician could do the same for you?
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    If you need glasses or got refused from the UAS because of eye sight concerns then I'm sorry but you can't be a pilot (as you probebly know). As for the test pilot in the mag, think about it logical. He's a test pilot, this mean probebly min 10 years in the RAF, probebly much more. Everyone's eyesight deteriorates and infact by the age of 45 over 95% of people need glasses to one degree or another.

    He would have joined the RAF with perfect eye sight then over his very long career it started to go down hill. Having spent millions of pounds on training him (plus if he's test pilot he's probebly quite a good pilot) there not about to bin him. Hence he his alowed to fly with glasses.

    There may however be restrictions on these old more experienced pilots that wear glasses being involved in front line operations, who can say.
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    Hey i was wondering about eye sight i'm going for my eye test thing after my exams but for joing the royal marines.
    What i have noticed and this seems to be for every 1 that you see better out of 1 of you eyes?
    for me its my left? is this still the same for those with 20/20 or 6/6 vision if n e 1 knowS?
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    This won't be entirely answering your question, but my mom and I both see out of one eye better than the other. She's long sighted in one and short sighted in the other. Mine isn't that noticable. I'm also lookingat joining the Marines. Nice choice!!
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    (Original post by England2004)
    Hey i was wondering about eye sight i'm going for my eye test thing after my exams but for joing the royal marines.
    What i have noticed and this seems to be for every 1 that you see better out of 1 of you eyes?
    for me its my left? is this still the same for those with 20/20 or 6/6 vision if n e 1 knowS?
    Yes and no, everyone's different and each eye is tested seperately. Then each eye is seperately given a score. To be a pilot both you eye's must score at least 0.5 (which is 6/6). The smaller the number the better. The number represent the distance at which you can see things compaired to what someone with what is concidered 100% eyesight can see. ie 6/6 means you can see at 6 metres (20 in america because they work in feet) what someone with 100% eyesight can see at 6 metres, if you're eyeisght was 9/6 then you could see at 9 metres what someone with 100% eyesight can see at 6, thus you would have better than 6/6 vision and your score would be closer to 0, eg 0.25. This of course also works in reverse.

    Go to an optician, get an eye test. They're cheep or free and with they score you between 0 and 0.5 then chances are you're ok. But don't think that because spec savers say you've got 0.5 doesn't mean the RAF optician wont say you've got 0.6.
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    hm I'm slightly confused (because I'm not entirely sure how eye tests work!). I know my left eye is 0.6, but my right eye is 0. Does that prevent me from being an RAF pilot?
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    hm I'm slightly confused (because I'm not entirely sure how eye tests work!). I know my left eye is 0.6, but my right eye is 0. Does that prevent me from being an RAF pilot?
    Yes I'm afraid so, both eye's must be no worse than 0.5. But give it ago, when the RAF test your eye's they might make it 0.5 instead of 0.6.
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    But there is also the possibility they won't take you because of the discrepency between your eyes. There was a guy on my board who got binned for that.

    But I still fully suggest giving it a go and see what happens, you never know your eyesight might be better than you think
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    Does anyone know where to find information on training for specific branches?
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    Hi. Im James and im 15 and i would like to know all about eyesights for the RAF becuase i really want to going into the RAF. I do not have great vision but i want to know all my possiblities. My biggest question is can i have laser eye surgery and still be a fighter pilot. It would be great if you sent me as much information as possible. Anyone go to airtattoo?


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    I'm afraid all the information you need is "no". You need 100% natural 100% perfect vision, nothing else is even considered. Sorry.

    And Yes, I went to the Tattoo and it kicked arse! The B1 is soooooo loud it rocks!
 
 
 
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