My son is in 11th grade and has been planning to apply to USNA. He was injured during football practice in August and within a week's time was diagnosed and scheduled for surgery to remove a tumor on his spinal cord in his neck. Surgery was three weeks ago and he is recovering well, but still hasn't regained all the feeling/dexterity in his left arm and leg. Still waiting for the pathology report, which could still take several weeks as these type of tumors are rare, so we don't know if any further treatment will be necessary. At minimum, he'll have to have several MRIs to check for recurrence. So, with all that said, when he was diagnosed he told me he thought USNA would be out because he would't qualify medically. We've looked up info on disqualifications and waivers, but since we don't have a definitive diagnosis yet, we're not sure what to look for. Somewhere I thought I saw 5 years with no recurrence or treatment, which wouldn't really help him since he'd be 21/22 by then if the 5 years started right now. Is there a way to find out if this is even waiverable before he goes through the application process? My gut says it isn't and his Plan B is now his Plan A, but we'd like to know for sure. Thanks.