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AFI48-123 (1)

AFI48-123 (1)

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 BY ORDER OF THESECRETARY OF THE AIR FORCE AIR FORCE INSTRUCTION 48-123 24 SEPTEMBER 2009
 Incorporating Change 1, 1 June 2010
 Aerospace Medicine MEDICAL EXAMINATIONS ANDSTANDARDS
COMPLIANCE WITH THIS PUBLICATION IS MANDATORYACCESSIBILITY:
Publications and forms are available for downloading or ordering on the e-Publishing website at 
. 
RELEASABILITY:
There are no releasability restrictions on this publication.OPR: AF/SG3PSupersedes: AFI 48-123, Volume 1, 5 Jun2006; AFI 48-123, Volume 2,5 Jun 2006; AFI 48-123,Volume 3, 5 Jun 2006; AFI48-123, Volume 4, 5 Jun2006Certified by: AF/SG3(Maj Gen Thomas J Loftus)Pages: 192This instruction implements Air Force Policy Directive (AFPD) 48-1,
 Aerospace MedicineProgram
AFPD 36-32,
 Military Retirements and Separations
and AFI 36-3212,
Physical Evaluation for Retention, Retirement or Separation
and Department of Defense (DOD)Directive, 1332.18,
Separation or Retirement for Physical Disability
, and DOD Directive6130.3,
Physical Standards for Appointment, Enlistment and Induction
, DOD Instruction,6130.4,
 Medical Standards for Appointment, Enlistment, or Induction in the Armed Forces)
. Itestablishes procedures, requirements, recording and medical standards for medical examinationsgiven by the Air Force. It prescribes procedures and references the authority for retiring,discharging, or retaining members who, because of physical disability, are unfit to perform theirduties. This instruction applies to all applicants for military service and scholarship programs.This publication does not apply to Air Force Civilian Employees or applicants to the civilianworkforce. This publication applies to Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC) Units andIndividual Mobilization Augmentee (IMA). This publication applies to the Air Force Pre-trainedIndividual Manpower (PIM). This publication applies to the Air National Guard (ANG).This instruction requires the collection and maintenance of information protected by the PrivacyAct of 1974 and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).Authority to collect and maintain records prescribed in this AFI are outlined in Title 10, UnitedStates Code, Section 8013. Privacy Act System Notice F044 AFSG G, Aircrew Standards CaseFile, applies. Ensure that all records created as a result of processes prescribed in this
 
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publication are maintained in accordance with Air Force Manual (AFMAN) 33-363,
 Management of Records
and disposed of in accordance with the
 Air Force Records Information Management System (AFRIMS) Records Disposition Schedule (RDS)
located at
 / . The reporting requirement in thisinstruction is exempt from licensing according to AFI 33-324 paragraph 2.11.10,
The Information Collections and Reports Management Program; Controlling Internal, Public, and  Interagency Air Force Information Collections
. Refer recommended changes and questionsabout this publication to the Office of Primary Responsibility (OPR) using the AF Form 847,
 Recommendation for Change of Publication
; route AF Form 847s from the field through the
appropriate functional’s chain of command.
 is a list of references and supportinginformation.
SUMMARY OF CHANGES
This publication is updated to reflect changes in guidance and procedures in the processing of physical examinations and the application of medical standards. The major changes include theclarification of physical examination processing, removal of baseline electrocardiogramrequirement for non aircrew at age 35; clarification of return to active duty program medicalrequirements; updated mobility status and deployment criteria; changed all references of UASpilot to Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) pilot; clarified terms of validity for physicalexaminations; revised hyperlipidemia and allergic rhinitis for aircrew; added acupuncture policy;clarified general conditions that interfere with military service; revised vision and refractive errortable 6.1; clarified procedures to be taken when a member has a medical defect which precludes
continued duty in a member’s AFSC, and clarified the requirement for FCIIU applicants to go
through MFS for neuropsych testing. Clarifies Exercise Tolerance Testing and retentionstandards for the heart and vascular system. Exempts ANG Warfighters from the requirement toobtain permission to proceed for Refractive Surgery from the Warfighter Program Manager.Deletes reference to United States Air Force Academy Form 1042. A margin bar (|) indicatesnewly revised material.
 
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