Help Regarding My Eye Sight.

#1
Hello,
When i Become of age i am joning the royal marines BUT i have 20/20 vision in my left eye and 15/20 vision in my Right. So i am slightly near-sighted.

My Question is.. I would like to specialise in becoming a sniper for the Royal Marines Butwould i be excepted if my eye sight is slightly shot-sighted (near-sighted) ?

I really need to know the answer to this question.

Thanks in Advance.

,Toby
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
#3
Welcome to the site.

Current Visual Acuity Standards For Royal Marine (Follow the link & scroll down for colour perception 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 6/60, Left 6/60 or worse.

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

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


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.

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 FEMOs are to test for the ability to close the LEFT eye independently. Those unable to do so are unfit for entry.

RM Other Ranks VA III, CP4

Except

Aircrew VA I, CP1
Snipers VA I*, CP3
Landing Craft VA I**, CP2
Swimmer Canoeists VA III*** CP3*

(*Contact lenses not permitted)
 
#4
Hi

I have a problem with my eyesight. I have been rejected from the RAF because my left eye does not correct to 6/9.

my eyesight is right eye 6/6 and my left eye is 6/24(without glasses) and 6/15 with glasses. I want to be a CIS Specialist...I no eyesight can correct to 6/12 or 6/18 but where does my corrected eyesight of 6/15 come into this????

Please help...any advice would be great :)
 

AndyGrayland

Lantern Swinger
#5
It's a fraction, just multiply it out in the normal way to put it over 12.

It's a real pain that they want the right eye to be the strongest. I have better than 6/6 in my left, and although the optician assures me that my right is good enough to get in, I'm still a little worried.
 

sgtpepperband

War Hero
Moderator
Book Reviewer
#6
MissL said:
...I have been rejected from the RAF because my left eye does not correct to 6/9...
I'm surprised the RAF didn't offer you their normal eyecare treatment...

Keep closed for 8 hours a day, preferably at zero gravity, for at least 5 days a week!

:wink:
 

icantfly

Lantern Swinger
#7
Ninja_Stoker said:
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.

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 FEMOs are to test for the ability to close the LEFT eye independently. Those unable to do so are unfit for entry.
That's quite interesting.. I did my 518 course (being RNR) with the RN recruits last year, and there were several young girls in the class who couldn't close one eye, and ended up wearing eyepatches just so that they could shoot.

They also couldn't hold the weapon horizontal to the ground and failed their shoots, but still weren't kicked out..
 
#8
icantfly said:
Ninja_Stoker said:
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.

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 FEMOs are to test for the ability to close the LEFT eye independently. Those unable to do so are unfit for entry.
That's quite interesting.. I did my 518 course (being RNR) with the RN recruits last year, and there were several young girls in the class who couldn't close one eye, and ended up wearing eyepatches just so that they could shoot.
They also couldn't hold the weapon horizontal to the ground and failed their shoots, but still weren't kicked out..
Did they have a wooden stump, crutch and pointy head aswell?? :D :D
 
#9
sgtpepperband said:
MissL said:
...I have been rejected from the RAF because my left eye does not correct to 6/9...
I'm surprised the RAF didn't offer you their normal eyecare treatment...

Keep closed for 8 hours a day, preferably at zero gravity, for at least 5 days a week!

:wink:
I am appealing for RAF....what is the eyecare treatment...ive not heard about it??
 
#10
So it is true about too much howyoucallit making you blind, and females too .Never used to happen in my day. To girlies I mean.
 

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