I am currently awaiting appointment to the Naval Academy and I would like to go into the Marine Corp. After talking to recruiters, I have been told that I don't qualify for the Marine Corps because I am missing just above the middle phalanx of my little finger. Also, they said there isn't a way I could receive a waiver for this. I haven't yet talked to a Navy recruiter, but I would imagine the rules would be the same. Can someone help clarify this problem for me? How could I be qualified for a service academy but not the Marine Corps?