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Physical Requirements



  • Partial list of disqualifying medical diagnoses:

    • Vision not correctable to 20/20
    • Substandard color vision (Does not apply for Marine Corps or Nurse Option)
    • History of asthma
    • Acute or chronic cardiac/pulmonary conditions
    • Chronic skin disorders such as:
      • Psoriasis
      • Atopic dermatitis
      • Eczema
    • Ununited fractures or major joint surgery
    • Seizure disorders
    • Severe motion sickness susceptibility
    • Alcohol or drug abuse
  • Department of Defense Medical Examination Review Board (DODMERB) schedules and reviews all physical examinations for service academies and NROTC candidates; candidates applying for more than one military academy or NROTC scholarship program require only one physical examination
  • If DODMERB determines a disqualifying condition exists, some medical conditions may be waived after further review
  • Applicants will be notified by DODMERB of any additional requirements for medical history consultations or diagnostic tests
  • Surgical, laser, or mechanical procedures to correct defective visual acuity may be cause for disqualification; no waivers will be recommended
  • Keratoconus or a history of treatment for this condition is absolutely disqualifying
Last Modified 10/17/2013
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