I am applying for the NROTC MO scholarship and I plan on earning a commission as a Marine officer after I graduate. Only problem is that I have dislocated my shoulder about 4 times and my doctors are telling me that I need surgery to stabilize it. THERE ARE NO TEARS IN THE MUSCLES OR LIGAMENTS, the surgery is just to tighten the ligaments surrounding it. I know that having a shoulder operation can potentially disqualify you from service. Do any of you know if they grant waivers often for shoulder surgeries, especially in the Marines? I have decent to good stats otherwise (30 ACT, 3.9 GPA, 273 PFT, clean record, and an athlete). Will I be in a good position to get a waiver for my surgery especially if my doctor writes me notes? PS: also, I am having the surgery done by one of the top doctors at Johns-Hopkins and he told me he has done the exact same procedure on prospective Army ROTC guys in the past who didn't have much of a problem getting the waiver. I always thought that the army was a little more lenient than the Marines though. In general, is it more difficult for Marines to get waivers on this kind of thing than Army guys? If you have any past experiences or know of someone who dealt with the same or similar issue, please let me know what happened to them. Any other advice on this matter would be great, Thanks.