eyesight standards for UKSF?

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  1. Hi guys, firstly my apologies if I have posted this on the wrong forum...

    I wear contacts and my eyesight standards are good enough to get into the Corps.

    I am wanting to eventualy get into UKSF, be it SBS, SAS, SFSG or SRR, preferably SAS/SBS, but I am unsure about the eyesight standards required, I have heard on other website forums that people have got in with wearing contacts or had laser surgery, but Im not 100% if this is true.

    Is it possible to get in with contacts or laser surgery?

    Would be good to hear your answers
     
  2. sgtpepperband

    sgtpepperband War Hero Moderator Book Reviewer


    Yes, and Pusser will provide you with a DIY field kit:

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    And you'll soon be able to do this:

    [​IMG]

    :wink:
     
  3. haha thats quite funny lol
     
  4. Surely people would not of disclosed if they were in SF and hence their eyesight level on other forums.
     
  5. no i think it was just from wat they have heard
     
  6. Have you tried posting on ARRSE?
     
  7. i have yeah, thats where i have heard the rumours that it is possible, but still not sure
     
  8. WTF is this Speshshul Forces anyway?
     
  9. It was on tv a while back Capt Mannering leading elite fighting troops so that must be Speshul Forces I reckon.

    [​IMG]
     
  10. Some of those men look a bit 'wooden' to me they need a pain sesh of Yoga and Ti Chi if you ask me.
     
  11. janner

    janner War Hero Book Reviewer

    Jersey, if you use the search button in the top right hand corner of the page there are several threads on eyesight. Some I believe are written in braille.
     
  12. Janner

    What help is that you SOB the search facility is not in braille, get up to speed.

    Nutty
     
  13. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    In short VA3 for SBS, but don't tell anyone I told you....

    Most specialisations are: RM Other Ranks VA3, Colour Perception 4

    Except

    Aircrew VA1** Colour Perception 1
    Snipers VA1** Colour Perception 3
    Landing Craft VA1** Colour Perception 2
    Swimmer Canoeists VA3** Colour Perception 3
    ** Contact lenses not permitted.


    Current Visual Acuity Standards

    Standard I (VA1)
    Visual acuity to be achieved without correcting lenses Right 6/12N5, Left 6/12N5

    Visual acuity to be achieved with correcting lenses Right 6/6N5, Left 6/6N5

    Refraction limit:
    Total hypermetropia +3.00 sphere
    Astigmatism +1.25 cyl
    Myopia (in any meridian) -0.75 sphere or cyl +3.00 sphere


    Standard 2 (VA2)

    Visual acuity to be achieved without correcting lenses Right 6/24, Left 6/36.

    Visual acuity to be achieved with correcting lenses Right 6/6N5, Left 6/9N5

    Refraction limit
    Spectacle correction (in any meridian)
    +3.00 sphere -2.50 sphere or cyl


    Standard 3 (VA3)

    Visual acuity to be achieved without correcting lenses Right 6/60, Left <6/60

    Visual acuity to be achieved with correcting lenses EITHER Right 6/6N5, Left 6/24N10 OR Right 6/9N5, Left 6/18N10 OR Right 6/12N5, 6/12N10.

    Refraction limit
    Spectacle correction (in any meridian)
    +/- 6.00 sphere or cyl

    Below VA3, unacceptable for RM or RN service.

    VA3 is the minimum acceptable standard for entry as a RM Commando.

    Optician Report (CHG31 dated 04/01/2008)

    Following an in-Service issue where a person was unable to pass the Annual Personal Weapons Test (AWPT) due to the inability to close their left eye independently, all entrants to the Royal Navy and Royal Marines, including their Reserve counterparts, must now have this physical ability checked during the entrance medical.

    CHANGE TO CURRENT REGULATIONS

    Annual Personal Weapon Test

    It is a mandate that all personnel deploying to an operational theatre must have passed the Annual Personal Weapon Test (APWT). To fire an SA80 rifle effectively the user must be able to independently close the LEFT eye. As part of the Entry Medical FEMO’s are to test for the ability to close the LEFT eye independently. Those unable to do so are unfit for entry.
     
  14. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Oh, and colour perception is graded as follows:

    Colour Perception (CP)

    There are four standards of colour perception graded as follows:
    Standard Test Specification. CP4 is the minimum acceptable entry standard for RM Commandos.

    CP 1
    The correct recognition of coloured lights shown through the paired apertures on the Holmes-Wright lantern at LOW BRIGHTNESS at 6 metres (20 feet) distance in complete darkness

    CP 2
    The correct recognition of 13 out of the first 15 plates of the Ishihara Test (24-Plate abridged Edition 1969) shown in random sequence at a distance of 75 cm under standard fluorescent lighting supplied by an artificial daylight fluorescent lamp (British Standard 950: 1967)

    CP 3
    The correct recognition of coloured lights shown through the paired apertures on the Holmes-Wright lantern at HIGH BRIGHTNESS at 6 metres (20 feet) distance in complete darkness

    CP 4
    The correct recognition of colours used in relevant trade situations, and assessed by simple tests with coloured wires, resistors,
    stationery tabs etc.


    Personnel who fail to reach the minimum standard of colour perception are to be graded CP5 - failed trade test and colour
    expanses.

    Methods of testing colour perception –
    Ishihara test

    1. Ishihara plates are used as a screening for all entries.

    2. Candidates who pass the Ishihara test are graded CP2 and require no further testing except for those whose critical visual task requires a categorisation of CP1.

    3.Candidates who fail the Ishihara test are further tested for CP3 or CP4 according to requirement.
     
  15. Your a very patient man Ninja!! who are these speshul forces types anyway??

    :thumright: :thumright:
     
  16. Jeebus mate, I'm just in the process of joining up myself, and I am not thinking past the next joining obstacle, I wouldn't go too far down this road, it'll be a few years for you either way........patience young pa'dawan :farao:
     
  17. Oh dear, Looks like you'll have to be a mere bootneck and wear the Globe and buster capbadge like the rest of us, Unlucky mucker.
     
  18. sgtpepperband

    sgtpepperband War Hero Moderator Book Reviewer

    Ooh, didn't know you were a Bandy, Luke... :wink:
     
  19. Dont go there its a touchy subject...
     
  20. I too failed the Royal School of Music grade one Triangle exam and had to settle for Grav :dwarf:
     

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