It will be one of the first things that everyone does at your YOU session.
I'm not sure what options the guys who are colour blind have, but I imagine it might hinder you chances at being a sparky - being able to strip and fit the right colour wires is pretty important.
Very important, and a f**k up could easily kill someone.
According the the colour blind test i am red-green colour blind, however i can see both colours fine, i know that grass is green & blood is red, i can tell the difference between a grany smith & a pink lady apple (by colour).
I can see wires, and there colours fine, i just cant pass the dam test.
there are alot of sparkies out there who are colourblind, some people dont find out that they are colourblind till later stages of there life.
I think its something like 12% of australian males are red-green colour blind (which is the most common), but only 0.5% of females.
Ive researched but have not found much.
army doesn't care if 12% of aussies are colour blind. if YOU are colour blind and have taken the defence test and it says you are colourblind then you cannot do electrician. sorry. army take shit seriously. and it's a risk. if i were a big hot shot officer shining my tiara's i wouldnt employ you as a sparky. it's not discrimination but i'd want you to prove to me that you can differentiate between green and red when they are together in a whole bunch of other colour cables. and it wont be one test i'd make you do all sorts of green-red combos to make sure you definitely can differentiate. not having a go at you but just don't get your hopes up. you sound really keen and it's a shame that something you cannot control ruins your chance at doing something you love/want to do.
It is a shame.
Although i also do doubt that the army will take me on as a sparky, i am enrolled to do my pre app through TAFE starting next week.
I really dont want to let something like colourblindness stand in my way of my dream, there is no other career that i wish to pursue.
I think i should still be able to do my apprenticeship outside of the army.
Thanks again for the read/information. Really gave me a different perspective on the army/joining the army.
Also for anyone who is interested, there was a video/docco made by the army afew years ago they had on there site, just followed a handfull of new recuits through there first 6 months (may have been longer/shorter cannot remember) but seemed pretty good, showed you exactly what they did, and had lots of interviews with the recuits all the way through, im sure you could find it again if you wanted to.
Mate, to be honest, you would probably be better off doing a sparky apprenticeship as a civvy anyway.From what my sparky mates have told me, their bosses don't really consider the guys that were put through an apprenticeship in the Army because they haven't had anywhere near the amount or variety of experience that the civvy guys do.
Good luck with the pre-app - you have picked one of the best trades to get into.