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    Hi Guys my son wants to join the forces when he is finished school next year but the only thing is, he is colour blind. is this a no go in the Irish Army or is it just mean he is limit to what jobs he can go for in the forces. I have asked a few soldiers i know and none of them knew for sure if anyone knows for sure how it is now can you please let me know.
    thanks
    Gary

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    We had a recruit in the RDF this year who was found to be colour blind and he was not allowed to enlist on medical grounds

    Not sure about PDF

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    • #3
      Originally posted by bunny shooter View Post
      We had a recruit in the RDF this year who was found to be colour blind and he was not allowed to enlist on medical grounds

      Not sure about PDF

      Same for the PDF, I'm almost sure.

      Groundhog, Hedgehog, Apod, or one of the other lads will confirm when they
      are on the board again
      "Well, stone me! We've had cocaine, bribery and Arsenal scoring two goals at home. But just when you thought there were truly no surprises left in football, Vinnie Jones turns out to be an international player!" (Jimmy Greaves)!"

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      • #4
        There are several threads here on the subject of colour blindness. See search function (havent said that for AGES!)

        Anyhow, in these threads and posts I have read that several people failed their medicals due to being colour blind. This implies that colour blind people are completely excluded from joining the DF.
        Support the Search Function.

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        • #5
          You will not get into the PDF while colour blind.

          That's a word for word quote the Doctor said to me when I was joining the RDF.
          I probably am wrong, sorry about that!!!

          Please PM me to correct me.

          But, not if I state an opinion, only if I state something as truth!!!

          I have bad opinions but I stick by them!!!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Dazzler View Post
            You will not get into the PDF while colour blind.

            That's a word for word quote the Doctor said to me when I was joining the RDF.
            surely it would depend on a case by case basis. let the son go for the medical etc. and let someone i.e. the testing Doctor tell him no. im coloured blind and i passed the medicals
            I am free of all prejudices. I hate every one equally.

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            • #7
              Good Point. Let the medics decide, why should we rule him out ?
              "Are they trying to shoot down the other drone? "

              "No, they're trying to fly the tank"

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              • #8
                thanks guys Im sure he will go and give it a go next year and fingers crossed he get the go ahead, i just hate for him to build up his hopes he has been wanting to join now for years i was just hoping that someone knew for sure the rule, his kid goes on 10 miles runs for fun and to be turned away for being color blind is just crazy. the Irish defence forces should really catch up with the times
                Gary
                Last edited by gw7; 5 August 2008, 15:42.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by kermit
                  The Irish Defence Forces precludes all forms of colour blindness. Just because you got in means that it wasn't detected, or you learned off the plates (it happens)

                  The British Army will take certain forms of colour blindness, as long as you are "Red/Green" safe...
                  nope, they know it was red/green with me. sure i never knew before hand it was the Medic that told me!!!!!!!! still stand by my point that leave the chap apply and let the powers that be on the day call it. not our place really to say nay or yay.
                  the rules might say no color blinds but..........
                  I am free of all prejudices. I hate every one equally.

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                  • #10
                    "colour vision must be normal" quote from Cadetship booklet, it is across the board for apprentices, recruits, cadetships & direct entry as far as I know.

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                    • #11
                      Ishihara test.(one of the worst colour tests out there). Its a pass/fail thing, no grey area.(no pun intended.
                      Worth Studying it.
                      I understand it is possible to memorise it, as it is the same sequence of cards usually shown...


                      Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can't stop them from doing.

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                      • #12
                        eye sight

                        Our unit lost a number of POT recs. to the Eye test alright,, mainly the red green thing tho,,,one chap challenged it and APPARENTLY ended up talking with a Lt. Col over it,, dunno what truth there is to this tho!!!!!!!

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                        • #13
                          i know a guy who i trained with who just learned off the color blindness booklet they examine you with and bluffed his way in, he is still serving and still bluffs the test in his annual medical!

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                          • #14
                            Bricins use a digitial one now that checks depth perception etc

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by sgt View Post
                              nope, they know it was red/green with me. sure i never knew before hand it was the Medic that told me!!!!!!!!
                              +1 on that

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