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Old 12-01-2005, 01:00 PM
Geckodude Geckodude is offline
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Default My Opinion on Being Colorblind

I can't stand it, I am colorblind and that supposedly restricts me from many jobs in the military. I would love to do Army Infantry and go airborne in hopes of eventually being a Ranger. I can't do that and it really bothers me. An online recruiter gave me a list of jobs that I can do. For your information those jobs were not appealing to me at all, that made me even more angry. The jobs available were like Laundry Specialist and some other junk that nobody else wants. I don't get it. Why doesn't the military become more colorblind compatible? They should change the color of smoke grenades, tracers, and maps so that color blind people could easily join in the job they want. I think it would also solve the problem of not getting enough recruits, we fell 2,000 short this year from our goal of 75,000 new recruits. It would solve that problem very quick. What do you think? Anywhere I can write a letter and it actually get to someone important?
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Old 12-01-2005, 07:09 PM
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I can't stand it, I am colorblind and that supposedly restricts me from many jobs in the military. I would love to do Army Infantry and go airborne in hopes of eventually being a Ranger. I can't do that and it really bothers me. An online recruiter gave me a list of jobs that I can do. For your information those jobs were not appealing to me at all, that made me even more angry. The jobs available were like Laundry Specialist and some other junk that nobody else wants. I don't get it. Why doesn't the military become more colorblind compatible? They should change the color of smoke grenades, tracers, and maps so that color blind people could easily join in the job they want. I think it would also solve the problem of not getting enough recruits, we fell 2,000 short this year from our goal of 75,000 new recruits. It would solve that problem very quick. What do you think? Anywhere I can write a letter and it actually get to someone important?
The military doesn't have to become "colorblind" compatible because most people aren't. The military isn't about ONE or maybe a few individuals, it is about being effecient, things are the way they are because they work and we are not likely to change them just to make a few people happy.

You are colorblind, and that stinks..however, that is life. Writing a letter isn't going to do anything to help your situation...the military has certain standards for every important and specific reasons, if you cannot meet them, even though it may be through no fault of your own, you are not eligible.
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Old 12-02-2005, 06:30 AM
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Question hmm

What if your only partially color blind? I can see the difference between all colors exept well blue and purple. Would that hold me back?
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Old 12-02-2005, 07:23 AM
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same thing here in Finland.. one cant join to be in special units with colorblindness.
tough there are some tasks which dont require "normal" colorsight.
the most common colorblindness is (atleast here) the red-green blindness..
and that is indeed bad if you'd had to recognice different colored signal smokes.

some jobs which can be available for colorblind or partially colorblind (case related) in the FDF. just for comparison.

anti-armor man
armor man
jääkäri - infantry
artillery
scout
and the other basic tasks.

normal eye sight needed:

battle divers
deckman (navy)
military police (case related?)
well.. almost every specialist..

and then we have "[URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sissi_(Finnish_guerilla)"]sissi[/URL]".
im not 100% sure but they dont seem
to have too harsh restrictions concerning colorblindness.

i have chronical skincondition which prevented me from joining many of thease
tasks.. so i can understand your frustration.
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Old 12-02-2005, 12:46 PM
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Tacky, I know I am not eligible at the current standards, it's obvious. But what I don't get is if they are struggling for so many more recruits why don't they make the effort to change? I will probably not end up joining the military because the jobs left for the colorblind suck, and you know it. Wonder if you were colorblind? How do you think you'd feel about this? I don't think it is something that the military really cares about, and since they are seeking so many more recruits, I just don't get why. It is a fact that they could make the military branches more compatible with the color blind. They just don't do it because they haven't yet needed to put forth the effort to. IMO they should, save money by not posting all there ads and what not and just change up some of the things that keep the colorblind from doing what they want to do. Tacky, what is your MOS btw?
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Old 12-02-2005, 02:04 PM
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Tacky, I know I am not eligible at the current standards, it's obvious. But what I don't get is if they are struggling for so many more recruits why don't they make the effort to change? I will probably not end up joining the military because the jobs left for the colorblind suck, and you know it. Wonder if you were colorblind? How do you think you'd feel about this? I don't think it is something that the military really cares about, and since they are seeking so many more recruits, I just don't get why. It is a fact that they could make the military branches more compatible with the color blind. They just don't do it because they haven't yet needed to put forth the effort to. IMO they should, save money by not posting all there ads and what not and just change up some of the things that keep the colorblind from doing what they want to do. Tacky, what is your MOS btw?
Lowering standards does not help the military. If you can't distinguish vivid red and vivid green, you don't belong in the military.. you would only be a hazard.

If I were colorblind, I certainly wouldn't blame the military. Guess what? The military isn't there to cater to everyone, it serves a purpose...and it doesn't have to revamp the entire system that is the most effective to suit a minority of people.

Should we have the entire world rid itself of red and green for you too?

I suggest you figure out how serious your colorblindness is by going to MEPS and actually taking the test.
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Old 12-02-2005, 08:21 PM
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Tacky, tacky, tacky. In no way am I blaming the military for anything. What do you think I am blaming them for? I just think that since there is a shortage of troops to solve that problem they could make a few things colorblind compatible. That's all, it's a suggestion, no blaming is involved bud. Once again, what is your MOS?
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Old 12-02-2005, 08:23 PM
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Also lowering standards? I am not asking to lower standards in any way. I asked that they change colors on various things so that the colorblind will have less problems. I don't know where you are coming up with all these things, jeez. You have a crazy imagination, I'll give you that much, but when it comes to saying things pertaining to what I said, you make absolutely no sense. Try and re-read, your answers will come out much less pessimistic. So once again, I do ask, what is your MOS?
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Old 12-03-2005, 04:00 PM
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That's odd, he must not be too proud of his MOS. Meh....
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Old 12-03-2005, 08:01 PM
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You certainly have a big mouth for someone looking for information. I've told you what to do.

Now, you can continue to cry about the military not changing its standards and ridding itself of the colors green and red (which would be impossible) or you can get over it, go see a recruiter and take the test at MEPS.

Telling you my MOS serves no purpose in this thread, you are free to assume about it as you wish. Have fun.
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