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    What exactly do they check at your physical?

    I need to schedule my physical exam to get that passed. Ive put it off long enough, and I hate going to these things. I havent had a physical in years and Im nervous about failing

    what exactly do they check/do at these exams?

    measure your height/weight?
    eye sight?
    take blood?
    what else do they do?



    and what can disqualify you?
    bad vision?
    diabetes?
    being overweight?
    what else?

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    Re: What exactly do they check at your physical?

    The physical is pretty easy, pretty much urine sample for diabetes, vision test, hearing test, and then you see the doctor, simple cough cough, breath breath, see ya. Vision is obviously important so that can fail you, but simple to correct. Hearing is also important so that is obviously more of a problem if your hearing is going. That is pretty much it, once you get older I think they throw in a EKG but maybe I am making that up...

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    Re: What exactly do they check at your physical?

    piss test, vision, hearing (make sure you close the door...), wellness check (height, weight, lungs... etc...), and i had to do a EKG... as an OTS, age 30.

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    Re: What exactly do they check at your physical?

    thanks for the responses...what is considered to be reasons for a disqualification?

    I think I am healthy,(no diabetes, or any other conditions that i know of) but a bit overweight I suppose. can my weight alone cause me to fail?

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    Re: What exactly do they check at your physical?

    I had to do an EKG as well. I just turned 22, so I think it must be given to everyone. It's not bad though.....the worst part is when they rip the stickers off your leg hair.
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    Re: What exactly do they check at your physical?

    Quote Originally Posted by hockey9 View Post
    thanks for the responses...what is considered to be reasons for a disqualification?

    I think I am healthy,(no diabetes, or any other conditions that i know of) but a bit overweight I suppose. can my weight alone cause me to fail?
    I toured a facility 2 weeks ago. I saw a controller who was easily pushing 300 pounds and he was maybe 6' 3". I wouldnt worry about it.

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    Re: What exactly do they check at your physical?

    overweight wont do it, but high blood pressure could, which is typically associated with being overweight. I do think there is an EKG on the initial physical and then not again for like 5 years or 35-40 something like that, then every year after you get a certain age. I know my last annual there was not one. Anyone know?

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    Re: What exactly do they check at your physical?

    do you find out right then and there if you passed?

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    Re: What exactly do they check at your physical?

    Quote Originally Posted by hockey9 View Post
    do you find out right then and there if you passed?
    Yes.........
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    Re: What exactly do they check at your physical?

    weight is not considered as long as you are healthy in all other aspects. im overweight but my blood pressure is low with zero signs of Diabetes. my eye sight is horrible but correctable and my hearing is great starting to have trouble with high frequencies but that is a genetic trait my dad has the same problem but it never kept him from getting his physical. i have had 2 physicals done by 2 different doctors with no problems.

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