Well, it's taken 10 years to get the answer I pretty much knew was coming. I was born with an eye condition called Congenital Stationary Night Blindness. I have a very rare case of the "incomplete" version (meaning I don't have the full-blown case). Basically, I adjust completely to the dark, it just takes me about 2x longer than the average bear. Because this was so rare, nobody knew what to do with me regarding the military. So, my USCG buddy had connections with the top Commander of USCG MEPS and forwarded an email that I wrote him to the CDR. Got a VERY quick response (surprisingly) and cut through all of the red tape in two days after struggling for 10 years to get a straight answer. Unfortunately, because my condition contains the words "Night Blindness," I'm disqualified from joining any branch of the military. Really bummed about that. All I've ever wanted to do was serve my country and now my stupid eyes have sealed that avenue off once and for all. Can't even push a desk for 'em. As far as I know, there is no waiver system for this condition. The effed-up part of it all is that I'm an FAA licensed pilot and have a resume' that would impress Chesty Puller himself. Seems that everything I've ever wanted to do gets deep-six'ed by these ******* eyes. I'm grateful to have a definitive answer and will continue to support the US Military 110%, but I'd be a liar if I didn't say I was a tad bitter right now toward the whole thing. I think that I'm just more pissed-off that I can't do anything about it. Not one. Damn. Thing. /rant.