I am applying to both the Naval Academy and Military Academy for the class of 2012. I have already been "academically and physically qualified" for both academies. I have a senator's nomination to the naval academy and am working on another congressional nomination to usma. My only hang up is medical. I had 2 lumbar stress fractures that i received playing football and wrestling during my junior year. For two months, I wore a brace and then did physical therapy until i regained the strength in my back. I attended summer seminar at navy and then did their rowing camp at the beginning of the summer without any pain. I havent had any pain since the middle of May and I have been very active since I was done with physical therapy. I run 4-5 miles every other day along with the equivalent of a week 6 plebe summer work out. I erg(indoor row) on the off days. My orthopedist said the injury would not recur, and that my right side stress fracture has healed to 85% and that it would continue, but my left was only at about 40%, but he expected it to get to 85% by this december and that was about as good as it would be. I have no limitations, and he said in his expert opinion, i should not have any trouble in any physical activity including a service academy. Dodmerb reviewed my file and asked for remedials, which i completed and sent in my doctor's records. My waiver was denied for West Point, but they were looking at the 40%/85% MRI so Im getting anew one this December and Im positive it will look much better. Aside from getting a new ortho recommendation, a personal recommendation, and a certified physical trainer recommendation, is there anything else that I can submit this december to make Dodmerb look more favorably on my waiver. Also, is there a better chance at a waiver with navy than with army? Any help in this situation would be awesome.