I am a 29 year old applicant to the USMC Officer program and was told that I was going to require review from DoDMERB in addition to MEPS because of a combination of issues. My first issue, which the recruiter isn't too worried about, is that I had arthroscopic surgery on both shoulders to repair minor instability and a SLAP tear on one of the shoulders. Both have recovered as planned. However, my second issue (and apparently the most distasterous to my prospects) is that I was hospitalized for a month for depression at age 13, dealing with my parents' divorce, their subsequent marriages to other spouses, my father's alocoholism and my step-mother's drug abuse. At that time I was diagnosed with Major Depression. Subsequently, I have seen a psychologist off and on for the past five years in order to seek more insight into my childhood family issues. The psychologist is going to write a letter stating that she has no reservation in recommending me to the Armed Services in any capacity. Her current diagnosis, however, may include dysthymic depression - a mild, but chronic, form of depression. Should I just give up now? Have these any chance of getting waivers approved by DoDMERB? Other factors are that I scored an 85 on the ASVAB AFQT, have no criminal history, bachelor's degree in music, 3.2 GPA in college, <5 experiences with marijuana, 6 speeding tickets in 14 years (none in the past 4), received outstanding recommendations from a retired Army Major in the JAG Corps, a current National Guard Captain, my employer and a retired state circuit court judge, have gone from couch potato to athlete in two years in preparation for the officer program, and am simultaneously being heavily recruited as an enlistee for the USMC Music Enlistment Option Program as a pianist. Please give me some hope! Thanks.