Are there any parents/cadets on the forum with first hand knowledge of USAFA cadet having surgery for broken bone injuries? In DS's case collar bone requiring metal plates and screws? (1) I'm assuming/hoping quality of medical wing surgeons is top notch. Are they? (2) Any ability for second opinions on surgery via tricare or do you need to go outside? (3) Will they remove plates and screws after bone remodelling is complete or does tricare consider removal as elective? (4) Assuming full range of motion is restored does presence of plates/screws impact ones ability to become a pilot? If so, how common are waivers? (5) What's the post surgery routine? One odd thing is that he seems to have been told that they don't want him returning to his cadet quarters immediately after surgery. Their suggestion is for him to stay off academy grounds for three or four days. We're 10 hours away by plane, so need to figure out logistics. Feel free to PM me should that be preferred for sharing information. Thanks.