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    Question Laser eye surgery?

    Do you need to have specific MOS to qualify for laser eye surgery?

    I have heard you do.

    I have also heard that you sign up for it once you get to your first duty station. ( if you want it). However the special forces guys just get first dibs.

    REALLY wanna get it done if I have the chance!
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    Anyone can get it, regardless of MOS. I was told at MEPS that there really aren't priority MOS's for the surgery because if they needed it to be in that MOS, they wouldn't be in it already. How long you have to wait for your turn really depends more on where you are stationed and if it can be done locally or if you'd have to be sent back stateside for it. I'm in the same boat as you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lemon018 View Post
    Anyone can get it, regardless of MOS. I was told at MEPS that there really aren't priority MOS's for the surgery because if they needed it to be in that MOS, they wouldn't be in it already. How long you have to wait for your turn really depends more on where you are stationed and if it can be done locally or if you'd have to be sent back stateside for it. I'm in the same boat as you.
    Well thats awesome to know!! I am gonna sign up asap!
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    When the Army first started offering LASIK years ago, SOF Soldiers had priority - you really don't want to be messing with glasses on a HAHO jump with an oxygen mask, or on a combat dive. Since then, however, there has been enough capacity built up that all Soldiers can sign up for it. You need to have your Commander's permission, and you'll be on a profile for a short while afterward - so you may have to schedule it around field training (or even a deployment). Bring it up with your first line leader when you get to your first permanent duty station - and visit your local TMC (Troop Medical Clinic) for information on the program.

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    Every installation has different capabilities in this area. At Fort Hood we had optometrists assigned to Hood so the availability of slots was not an issue. Here at Fort Leonard Wood and smaller installations we don't have that type of service so those who want to have it done are sent to other installations such as Fort Riley or even down to Fort Sam Houston. The priority is also different, for some since it is elective, the travel costs are eaten by the Soldier if they choose to have the surgery. An example..when my husband started the process for his PRK surgery, we were stationed at Fort Knox. We had to travel to Fort Campbell to get seen and go through all the initial screening, etc. That was when Combat Arms MOS' so we had to go on a space available basis. We had to pay out of pocket for our travel to Campbell and then he wasn't approved because so many Soldiers who were stationed there (major Infantry brigades) came back from deployment and bumped him out. When we got to Hood, due to deployments and training (as mentioned before) he didn't have to time to restart the process until way later. But when he did, he was able to get in and out no problem because we had a few doctors who did the surgery.

    So what I'm saying it all depends on where you go as to what the availability is and where you would fall on the priority list.
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    wow, thanks for all the info guys! I am super excited to get it done. I need it bad haha. Plus, dealing with glasses/contacts IS just a pain. Oh how I can't wait to be able to roll out of bed and SEE! lol

    Well, I am willing to wait as long as needed, just happy that it is a possiblity!
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    What is this and what are the benefits?

    I'm playing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Army Strong View Post
    What is this and what are the benefits?

    I'm playing.
    The benefits of having that procedure done while in the Army is no more glasses required & it's free.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MSG Glenn View Post
    The benefits of having that procedure done while in the Army is no more glasses required & it's free.
    Thats truely a benefit Top!!.. I have to pay for my medical and its $$$..... freaking dear!!... thats what it is!!...
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