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Navy & Marine Policy for PRK Surgery for New Accessions
Item Aviation Diver SPECWAR Surface Undersea USMC Non-Warfare
Surgery Prior to Entry on Active Duty is Disqualifying Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Favorable Waiver Likely if Medical Criteria is Met Only if Entered in Navy PRK Study Program Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

 

Navy & Marine Policy for LASIK Surgery for New Accessions
Item Aviation Diver SPECWAR Surface Undersea USMC Non-Warfare
Surgery Prior to Entry on Active Duty is Disqualifying Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Favorable Waiver Likely if Medical Criteria is Met No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes

 

Navy & Marine Policy for PRK Surgery for Retention on Active Duty
Item Aviation Diver SPECWAR Surface Undersea USMC Non-Warfare
Surgery Available Through Navy for Free Only if Enrolled in Navy PRK Study Program Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Limited Availability - Priority Goes to Other Categories
Civilian Surgery Permitted at Member's Expense No No No Yes, But Not Encouraged Yes, But Not Encouraged Yes, But Not Encouraged Yes, But Not Encouraged
Pre-Op Counseling by Navy Medical Required Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Commander's Approval Required for Navy or Civilian Surgery N/A Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Disqualifying for Retention Yes, if Not Enrolled in Study Program No No No No No No
Return to Duty after Surgery Requires Navy Medical Clearance Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Waiver Required to Return to Active Duty Yes No No No No No No

 

Navy & Marine Policy for LASIK Surgery for Retention on Active Duty
Item Aviation Diver SPECWAR Surface Undersea USMC Non-Warfare
Surgery Available Through Navy for Free No No No Requires Enrollment in Navy LASIK Study Program Requires Enrollment in Navy LASIK Study Program Requires Enrollment in Navy LASIK Study Program Requires Enrollment in Navy LASIK Study Program
Civilian Surgery Permitted at Member's Expense No No No Yes, But Not Encouraged Yes, But Not Encouraged Yes, But Not Encouraged Yes, But Not Encouraged
Pre-Op Counseling by Navy Medical Required N/A N/A N/A Yes Yes Yes Yes
Commander's Approval Required for Navy or Civilian Surgery N/A N/A N/A Yes Yes Yes Yes
Disqualifying for Retention Yes Yes Yes No No No No
Return to Duty after Surgery Requires Navy Medical Clearance N/A N/A N/A Yes Yes Yes Yes
Waiver Required to Return to Active Duty Not Waiverable Not Waiverable Not Waiverable No No No No

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