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illini Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-21-04 08:08 AM
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Does being color blind keep you out of the military?????
Edited on Tue Sep-21-04 08:16 AM by illini
We have a new chicken hawk employee who claims they would not take him because he is color blind. My friend is color blind but served several years ago. So, unless the rules have changed he is a liar.
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veteran_for_peace Donating Member (372 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-21-04 08:11 AM
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1. No!!
You just can't do some jobs.
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ProdigalJunkMail Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-21-04 08:13 AM
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4. correct...I could be a gunner...but not a pilot
or something to that effect. My colorblindness is more a nuisance than anything else...

theProdigal
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Kanary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-21-04 08:11 AM
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2. If "they would take him", then he isn't lying.......
Did you mean to spell that "wouldn't"?

Kanary
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Longhorn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-21-04 08:13 AM
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3. I don't believe it keeps you out of the military --
just limits what jobs you can do in the military.
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Brewman_Jax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-21-04 08:14 AM
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5. Not necessarily
Color blindness doesn't automatically disqualify anyone from serving. There are certain Navy rates (MOS's in the other services) that he wouldn't be eligible for because he is color blind, like Fire Control Technician, where seeing colors is critical to the job.
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illini Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-21-04 08:16 AM
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6. thanks to all!!!!
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Chef Donating Member (453 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-21-04 08:22 AM
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7. Red Green
Sure as hell didn't stop them from drafting my ass in 1969. Made me take the test twice to prove I wasn't faking it. In some jobs it was considered a plus; camouflage identification, etc.
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markdd Donating Member (304 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-21-04 08:33 AM
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8. Only for specalized functions
College buddy of mine was rejected for Navy nuclear officer candidate because he was color blind. I said you're in a sub, what do you need to see? Turns out subs have a couple of million miles of color coded wires on board, hook up the wrong two and its not a pretty story.
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jgardner Donating Member (130 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-21-04 08:39 AM
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9. Nope...
My dad is color blind and he was drafted during Vietnam.
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BOHICA06 Donating Member (886 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-21-04 08:47 AM
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10. Don't think you can go Airborne ...
.... if you are RED/Green color blind. Something about waiting for that "Green" light to jump is of concern.
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IrateCitizen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-21-04 08:54 AM
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11. I am color blind and they didn't have any problem with me...
If you're color blind, there are certain jobs you can't perform in the military (i.e. electrician, special forces, pilot, etc.). If you're severely color blind, I think you might be disqualified from being an officer. But the line must be a pretty low one, because I'm pretty much screwed on reds and greens, and I was an officer.

You say your employee is a chicken hawk, and he's a liar? It seems you're repeating yourself....
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HootieMcBoob Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-21-04 08:58 AM
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12. Nope not a chance
Edited on Tue Sep-21-04 09:00 AM by HootieMcBoob
When I was being tested for the Army I had to look through one of those books with all of the different colored circle thingys with a word hidden inside. After a few pages I couldn't see the word anymore, just colored circles. It limited the kinds of jobs I was eligible for (wasn't able to get the medical specialty I wanted) but didn't make a bit of difference as to whether or not they would take me. I think if he wanted to be in the infantry for example he would have no problem at all. Just tell him all he has to do is go enlist...I'm sure he'll pass the physical with flying colors :)
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in_cog_ni_to Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-21-04 09:05 AM
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13. They will take whoever is breathing this time.
INCLUDING your chickenhawk employee. Hehe...They're finally getting a taste of their own medicine. He gets to go fight in Iraq...probably by next June he'll be getting a nice loooong vacation in Iraq. Tell him to pack his bags...the Draft IS coming.
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johnnie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-21-04 09:10 AM
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14. "So, unless the rules have changed he is a liar."
Well, of course he is a liar, he's backing bush isn't he?
Tell the chickenhawk to just go to try to enlist and when they give him his ineligibility papers he can prove to you he is correct. If he doesn't want to enlist, tell him he is a chickenshit chickenhawk and he should be ashamed of himself for not having the balls to fight for what he believes in.
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BrotherBuzz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-21-04 10:04 AM
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15. Not this draftee
Although being color blind did prevent me from being assigned to the MPs, which was just fine with me. They also discovered I was severely afflicted with night blindness and told me I was excluded from the Infantry, this was fine with me, too.

Send your lying chickenhawk employee down to the enlistment office, I guarantee they will find him a fine job!
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DemBones DemBones Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-21-04 10:21 AM
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16. Another lying chickenhawk!

What are the odds?

:shrug:
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TahitiNut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-21-04 10:37 AM
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17. It can actually be an advantage in some combat situations.
Typically, a reduction in color sensitivity is accompanied by enhanced low light vision. This is due to the differing elements ('rods' vs. 'cones') on the retina that detect luminance and chromanence. Thus, color blindness might indicate better night vision and better ability to use night vision equipment.
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fob Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-21-04 10:44 AM
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18. NO! My buddy was in the reserves for many years and is
red/green colorblind. He had trouble with the different color flares that were used that mean different things, but he passed that part anyway. Afterall, he's been that way all his life and is able to discern different shades of grey the colors appear to him, so says he.
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Democracy Died 2004 Donating Member (366 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-21-04 10:59 AM
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19. Hehe
Too funny.. I know that it does not exclude you but WTF if someone couldnt see difference in uniform colors?
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Unperson 309 Donating Member (836 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-21-04 11:48 AM
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20. No! Our Son is Color Blind & In Iraq Now!
I think he's red-green dichromatic, but he's in the Army.

The only thing dichromatic color blindness will keep you out of is piloting and Special Forces. Your chicken hawk friend is blowing smoke.

309

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0007 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-21-04 11:58 AM
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21. If your daddy has juice, yes!
I was in Korea with color blind GI's.
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