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Am I eligible to go to Army Airborne School(Jump School)?

My eyesight is terrible. It's not due to any health problems or and deformities or anything. My eyesight is just plain bad lol. I see 20/200 in each eye uncorrected. I know you need 20/20 corrected to be able to go to Airborne School in the Army. Can the Army provide me with BCG glasses that will correct my eyes to 20/20 and let me go to Airborne School? I really want to be with 82nd Airborne. It's my life's dream. So ultimately, am I eligible to go to Airborne School? Aside from the eye thing, my knees are in great shape, I can distinguish red from green, and my ears can pop. Thanks! PS. I am going in as 13D Field Artillery. I did NOT get Airborne School in my contract because they said I was disqualified from it for not having sufficient eyesight, but at the eye exam at MEPS, I was wearing glasses that had a REALLY old prescription and did NOT correct my eyesight to 20/20. And I can volunteer for Airborne School during Basic or AIT even though I didn't get it in my contract right? Yeah I should have gone to MEPS with a more recent prescription I know. But wait, so am I eligible for Airborne School or not?







Olan Black
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they gave you a line. they have a place that they call "the rock" that the career counselors call to set up your MOS when you join. this is a coordinated effort, so when you finish one thing (basic) your AIT is starting, that way you don't have people with a 2 or 3 week wait to start school. If they set up your MOS prior to you asking for airborne option, then they will tell you a standard line, the normal line is "oh, you can volunteer for that in basic". I have 20/200 vision and went airborne, served two tours in the 82nd.


alexander m
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if there are glasses in the civilian world that can correct you to 20/20 then there are definately BCGs that can do so. heres my advice though: get a better precription, then tell your recruiter that you wont leave without airborne school in your contract. he'll take you back to meps, probably grumbling the whole way about having to do extra paperwork, where you can retake the test and get it in your contract. your not technically in the army until you swear in a second time to leave for basic, so you can still change yoru contract or cancel it if u wish,. airborne sometimes (SOMETIMES) sends recruiters to different OSUTs/AITs...but thats only when airborne units have a shortage of that particular MOS. its better to not leave it to chance. you could also get fort bragg in your contract as your duty station so you wont go to the airborne brigade from the 25th or the 173rd. best of luck, keep your feet and knees together and twist before you land, not as you land like they try to have you do in airborne school...doesnt work, its why we do it differently at the 82nd


hank
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You can try to go to Airborne but face it... You're in the Army now, you'll never get rich by digging a ditch, you're in the Army now. And from a vet, Thank You for your service.


travis m
You really should have walked out the door at MEPS when they said you couldn't have what you wanted because of an outdated prescription. You should have gone and fixed that issue, and come back with better glasses to try again..... but, done is done, where do you go from here now.... You can request airborne anytime. If it's too late to go back to MEPS again now, just keep asking.... If your drill can't hook it up when you get to basic, keep asking when you get to AIT. Worst case, you may not get someone to write you in til your first unit, but I doubt it will take that long. Be persistant, training slots open all the time. Make sure yours is the first name to come to mind when your NCO sees an opening.







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