My first post. My son has recently received a nomination to West Point. He has been dreaming of attending either West Point or the Naval Academy for many years and has worked extremely hard to put himself in a compettive position to get there. He has also stressed about the possibility that he might not make it. Unfortunately earlier this year he dislocated his shoulder. His MRI showed a small tear in the back (labral) and the doctor's guidance was to follow a course of physical therapy to strengthen the muscles around the shoulder in hopes it will minimize any recurrence. We also understand that surgery is an option, but the doctor stated that the tear was so small and the fact that it is in the back of the shoulder that he thought the PT was the way to go. He still has full range of motion and does not appear to have any limitations. He plays football and lacrosse and has chosen to skip wrestling this year to concentrate on the physical therapy. During a football game, the shoulder did pop out again, but he was able to get it straight himself. We have scheduled an appointment next week with the best shoulder doc we can find in our area for a second opinion. If surgery is the way to keep this from recurring we would like to encourage him to get it done as soon as possible to decrease any possiblity or a recurring problem. My son is concerned that the surgery might disqualify him from receiving an appointment; and that would be devastating to him. We are looking for guidance. Is there any possibility of receiving a waiver for similar conditions? If so, what is the process? We would appreciate any thoughts.