In February my son (an appointee to USAFA) broke his collarbone while skiing. This website was an immense help and got us in contact with Mr Mullen and a few other folks who's son or daughter had similar experiences. Here's the readers digest version of what transpired: He broke his collarbone at Park City. The doctor there said it would naturally heal in 8 weeks, but have him see an orthopedist when he gets home. Upon his arrival home, he see's an orthopedist who recommends a titanium plate. We contact DodMERB (Mr Mullen) to inquire about whether a plate is disqualifying (we got conflicting information doing research on the web.) Mr Mullen pointed out that a plate was not disqualifying, and that in our son's case, probably a good idea. Surgery was on March 3, 2010. He was given a bone stimulator as well. We received a letter from DodMERB putting our son on remedial status and requiring a letter from his doctor clearing him for full military activity. Weeks pass. On May 11, 2010, his doctor agrees he is fully healed and can resume training. A letter was FedEx'd that day to DoDMERB with the doctor's signature. Finally, May 24, 2010 the DoDMERB site indicates our son is, once again, medically qualified for USAFA. Our son is required by the Academy to bring his medical records pertaining to his injury along with him on I-Day (a requirement for all orthopedic injuries one year prior to I-Day.) We are all relieved that this chapter is done....another hurdle cleared. Thanks to all the folks on this website who we contacted about our son's injury. And, thanks to this website for being a source of valuable information.