I have a high school freshman son that during 7th and 8th grade was suffering with stomach issues. We took him to Johns Hopkins Hospital and they diagnosed him with pretty bad gastritis. It has taken up until this past May (he was 13, turned 14 in June) to get it resolved, or so we hope. Unfortunately, he missed 30 days of school in 8th grade. Anyhow, he is dreaming of going to one of the service academies and after doing some research, I read that there are different disqualifying conditions. Could this be something that disqualifies him even though it would be years later that he applies? Does it go back that far? As of today, he is well with no further signs of gastritis. Secondly, like I said, he has been doing really well, however, I have talked with the school nurse and we discussed creating a 504 plan just in case the gastritis would return and he would miss days of school again. This plan would allow some accommodations for him. She said she rather do this 504 plan to be safe, rather than sorry. Sounds great, however, I got to wondering today that if we create this 504 plan, would this be a red flag for DODMERB? Not worth the gamble if he doesn't actually end up using the plan. Any thoughts or recommendations here? I don't want to add anything that will cause problems later when he is trying to get into the academies. I am already worried about the health issues he had in 7th and 8th grade.