My son was just diagnosed with a medically treatable heart condition, as part of our beginning the medical qualification process. According to the instruction, this is a disqualifying condition UNLESS he is 2 years post-surgery, and non-symptomatic. He *is* being recruited as an athlete at another service academy. We will only be 1 year post-surgery when it would be time for him to report. He is currently a Junior. This would be the primary reason for delaying his application one year. We would be deferring applying to *any* schools, and he could not attend college in order to keep other freshman scholarships available. He would be applying as a candidate for the class of 2023 as a first-time applicant. We are stationed overseas. Attending a 4-year university here is not an option, anyway. However, he *could* take courses via MIT's Scholar Open Courseware Program. Additionally, he could act as a volunteer TA in the high school (Physics, Engineering/Robotics programs), assist with the Robotics Club, participate in community theatre, continue to swim competitively, be an Assistant Swim Coach, be an Asst. Scoutmaster in the Scout Troop, participate in Venturing and OA, continue his language studies, and travel a bit. This would not be a mindless "find yourself" GAP year, but instead one in which the student stays engaged in various leadership and community activities, as well as maintains physical readiness and competitiveness, while deepening his learning in math, engineering and science with quality programs. The only thing that has put a "GAP Year" on this map is the medical clearance. He is otherwise ready to head off to college.