I currently do not pass the requirements for uncorrected distant visual acuity according to the Navy physical standards document. However, if I were to receive eye surgery to correct my vision before joining and then apply to OCS/Flight School, would I be cleared as Class 1 aviation personnel and be able to fly as a Naval Aviator? Thank you!
(Here's some of the information from the linked pdf)
Class I: Naval Aviators and Student Naval Aviators (SNA). Designated Naval aviators are subdivided into three Medical Service Groups based upon the physical requirements of their specific flight duty assignment
Medical Service Group 1: Aviators qualified for unlimited or unrestricted flight duties
Medical Service Group 2: Aviators restricted from shipboard aircrew duties (include V/STOL) except helicopter
Medical Service Group 3: Aviators restricted to operating aircraft equipped with dual controls and accompanied on all flights by a pilot or copilot of Medical Service Group 1 or 2, qualified in the model of aircraft operated. A waiver to medical Service Group 3 includes pilot-incommand (PIC) authority unless PIC authority is specifically restricted.
- Service Group 1, 20/100 or better each eye uncorrected, corrected to 20/20 or better each eye.
- Service Group 2, 20/200 or better each eye uncorrected, corrected to 20/20 or better each eye.
- Service Group 3, 20/400 or better each eye uncorrected, corrected to 20/20 or better each eye.
The first time distant visual acuity of less than 20/20 is noted a manifest refraction (not cycloplegic) shall be performed recording the correction required for the aviator to see 20/20 in each eye (all letters correct on the 20/20 line).