Can I join the military with a history of cancer?

jpark0908 Member Posts: 2 *


I am a senior in high school and I am hoping to get into one of the Service Academies (Air Force Academy, Naval Academy, Coast Guard Academy, West Point) or a ROTC program. The last step to my applications are to complete the Department of Defense Medical Exam. I think I heard somewhere that the military has a 5 year cancer free policy but does anyone know if I will pass the DOD medical exam with a history of cancer?

Just 3 months ago, I had stage 1 testicular cancer. (mixed germ cell tumor) I had one testicle removed and had an implant placed. I am now completely cancer free and after several CT scans and blood tests, there is no recurrence. My candidate fitness test scores are exceptional and I am back to competing in several varsity sports for my school.

Does anyone know or can anyone help me find out if I will be able to be medically qualified or maybe get a medical waiver? Thank you!