USAF Academy Admissions
Medical Information

The Department of Defense Medical Examination Review Board (DODMERB) is responsible for determining if you are medically qualified for admission into the Academy. After you have completed a medical, dental, and optometric (eye) examination, DODMERB will inform you and the Academy of your medical status. DODMERB or a civilian contractor will contact you to schedule these appointments. The government will pay for a complete physical examination. If there is a need for additional medical tests or evaluations, you may use the military medical treatment facilities of any Service (Army, Navy, Air Force, or Coast Guard) at no cost or you may use your own physician, dentist, or optometrist, as appropriate, at your own expense.

Before you take the medical examination, review your medical history with your parents and your family physician. The examining facility must compile the medical history carefully and in detail, including complete documentation of all illnesses, injuries, and operations. To avoid delay in evaluation of your medical qualification, obtain statements from your attending physician or from hospital records concerning any past or present medical care and present them to the examining facility when you report for the examination. You also must bring photo identification.

If clinically indicated, women must have a pelvic examination. However, a woman may have this portion of the examination completed by her family physician at her own expense. Otherwise, men and women will undergo, as part of their medical examination, an external, visual inspection of the genitalia to determine if there are any abnormalities present. Also, get a thorough dental examination by your private dentist and complete any treatment before taking the military dental examination. If you are presently undergoing orthodontic treatment this treatment must be completed prior to arrival at the Academy; however, you may wear a retainer appliance.

Following your acceptance by the Air Force Academy and within 72 hours after your arrival at the Academy, you must undergo drug and alcohol abuse testing as required by Public Law (Title 10, U.S. Code, Section 978). HIV testing will also be accomplished at this time. Photo identification is required.

Refer questions concerning your medical status or examination scheduling to:

        8034 Edgerton Drive                       
        Suite 132               
        USAF Academy, CO                        
Submit all requests for medical waivers to the:

  &nbspAcademy Office of Admissions
  &nbsp2304 Cadet Drive
  &nbspSuite 200
  &nbspUSAF Academy, CO

Vision Requirements

All candidates admitted to the Air Force Academy must meet the vision requirements for commissioning in the United States Air Force. In addition, qualification for flying duties requires stringent color vision testing and depth perception.

Nearsightedness (myopia) commonly develops in the late teenage years. Therefore, it is possible you could meet the vision requirements for a flying career upon admission but not at graduation, thereby precluding you from ultimately being pilot or navigator qualified.

Procedures to reverse the nearsightedness, including radial keratotomy and similar surgical and non-surgical alterations to the cornea (orthokeratology), and experimental operations (photokeratectomy), disqualify you for all military programs.

If you wear contact lenses, you must remove hard lenses at least 21 days and soft lenses three days before the vision examination. An examination conducted without the required removal of contact lenses for the designated time is invalid and will delay your medical examination processing. If you wear prescription eyeglasses, bring them with you at the time of your physical examination. After you enter the Academy, periodic vision care and counseling will be provided at the eye clinic.

Medical Standards

All candidates admitted to the Air Force Academy must meet the medical and weight standards for a commission in the United States Air Force. If you don't maintain the standards as a cadet, you may be disenrolled. DODMERB will carefully evaluate your medical examination report. We have included a general list of medical standards that apply to all applicants.

Potential Pilot and Navigator

Visual Acuity
No worse than 20/50 (pilot) and 20/200 (navigator).
Refractive Error
Refractive limits of +2.00/-1.00 in any meridian and .075 astigmatism (pilot) and +2.00/-1.50 in any meridian and 2.00 astigmatism (navigator).
Color Vision and Depth Perception
Successful completion of the Pseudoisochromatic Plates or Farnsworth Lantern color vision tests and the Vision Test Apparatus-Near and Distant (VTA-ND) or Titmus Stereofly or Randot Stereo or Verhoeff depth perception tests. These standards are the same for both pilot and navigator qualification.
Maximum hearing loss in either ear cannot be greater than as follows (ISO-1964 -- ANSI Standards 1969):
Frequency       500     1000    2000    3000    4000    6000
Loss            25      25      25      *       *       *
* No more than a total of 270 decibel loss for both ears at 3000, 4000, and 6000Hz. These standards are the same for both pilot and navigator qualification.
Standing Height
64 inches minimum to 77 inches maximum for both pilot and navigator qualification.
Sitting Height
34 inches minimum (pilot) and 33 inches minimum (navigator) to 40 inches maximum (both), measured while sitting erect, the distance from top of head to chair seat.


Visual Acuity
Distant: correctable to 20/40 in one eye and 20/70 in the other, or 20/30 in one eye and 20/100 in the other, or 20/20 in one eye and 20/400 in the other.
Refractive Error
Farsightedness (hyperopia) no greater than +8.00 diopters and nearsightedness (myopia) no greater than -8.00 diopters spherical equivalent.
Standing Height
Male--not less than 60 inches to 80 inches maximum.

Female--not less than 58 inches to 80 inches maximum.

See the Height/Weight Standards Section.
Maximum hearing loss in either ear cannot be greater than the following:
Frequency       500     1000    2000    3000    4000
Loss            35      35      35      45      55
Pure tone at 500, 1000, and 2000 cycles per second of not more than 30 dB on the average (either ear), with no individual level greater than 35 dB at these frequencies; and level not more than 45 dB at 3000 cycles per second each ear, and 55 dB at 4000 cycles per second each ear.

Height-Weight Standards

If you exceed the height and weight standards, you will undergo a body fat measurement. The maximum percentage for males is 20% and females is 28%.

Medical Waivers

The Air Force Academy Surgeon may grant a limited number of waivers for medical disqualification. A medical waiver will allow you to be admitted to the Academy with a medical disqualification. You may request a waiver by writing a letter to HQ USAFA/RRS, 2304 Cadet Drive, Suite 200, USAF Academy, CO 80840-5025.

Candidate Fitness Test

Applicants who enter the candidate phase of the admissions process normally take the Candidate Fitness Test (CFT) which measures coordination, strength, endurance, speed and agility. You'll be scheduled for a CFT by the Admissions Office. The CFT examining center will be as close as possible to your home. If there is no site within a reasonable distance of your home, other arrangements will be made for you. The required events and the minimum scores necessary for admission follow. However, you should do the best you can on each event.
From a momentary hang position on a horizontal bar, palms away from your face, raise your body until your chin is above the bar. Return to the straight-arm hang position and repeat as many times as possible, without resting between pull-ups.
                        MEN                  WOMEN
                 Minimum    Average    Minimum    Average
Pullups              4         10          1          2
Situps (2 minutes)  49         69         46         68
Pushups (2 minutes) 24         41          9         24
Shuttle Run         65 sec     60 sec     79 sec     69 sec
Lying flat on your back, legs flexed, with your feet comfortably apart, place your hands on the back of your head with your fingers interlocked and have someone hold your feet. Sit up and touch your elbow to your opposite knee and return to the starting position. Alternate the knee you touch with the opposite elbow on successive situps. Resting is allowed in the up position, and there is a two-minute time limit.
Start from a position lying face down, with your hands on the floor directly under the outside points of your shoulders. Raise your body by straightening your arms, keeping your body straight from your shoulders to your heels. Lower your body until your chest touches the floor. No resting is allowed, and there is a two-minute time limit.
300-Yard Shuttle Run
Run six round trips between two turning lines, 25 yards apart, in the shortest time possible. You must stay within a five-foot wide lane. 
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