I’ll confess, I’ve been lurking for the past 2 months and recently starting posting. I am amazed at how much information I’ve learned in such a short time frame from all these parents, BGOs, applicants, etc. Thank you for sharing with everyone and for being a resource for others (like me and my DS). We’ve read through many posts, old and new, but DS and myself are still unclear about a few parts of the process. DS is a junior attending NASS this June, then has Boy’s State right after. He was disappointed his SLE is still pending, but after reading several posts that it’s more of a recruiting tool- he felt better bc USMA is his dream! DS hurt his shoulder last season in hockey. He’s had an MRI (dislocated) and they suggested surgery (Bankart repair). He hasn’t had it yet bc his passion is baseball and didn’t want it to interfere with his junior year season. (It’s not his throwing arm, so it doesn’t bother him). He’s able to work out with no restrictions, too. Long story short, it was from reading on here that his shoulder could lead to a DQ. Love4monsters has been SO helpful!! After much discussion, he’s going for the surgery. He’s determined to serve & feels he has a lot to give, no matter if he’s appointed or ROTC. We are trying to figure out the ideal time to allow for best recovery time and still be considered for an appointment. We are meeting with the surgeon at the end of the month to go over some questions my DH and I have and set up a date. We are thinking beginning of Aug (June & July baseball showcases and vacation). USAFA has already sent along their info identifying him as competitive based on his SS application. If DS did his applications in July, could he maybe get his DoDMERB physical in Aug? Am I right to think DS will be DQ’d right away bc 1.) recovering from surgery or 2)if he hasn’t had surgery, DQ bc shoulder dislocation? We are hoping that he is competitive candidate. If so, he might be granted a waiver from any of the SAs? I’ve read that it’s 6 mth waiting period after surgery but is that for a waiver or for DoDMERB to follow up? I guess I’m asking if Aug will still work for DS’s surgery and trying for an appointment? Is it better to try to get an early DoDMERB exam? If DQ'd right away and none of his SAs request waiver, that's the end of the road, correct? Next focus on ROTC and plan B,C, and D? Anyone go through this surgery and receive and appointment- if so, what was the time frame? Is there anything we need to specifically ask the surgeon about the procedure that could hurt his chances (ie: one technique vs another)? Many thx in advance for your responses!