Some survivors of childhood cancer wish to enlist in the military, or to apply for Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) or the service academies. In an article in Pediatric Clinics of North America, Grace Ann Monaco wrote:
The laws and regulations relating to admission to the armed services are permissive, not mandatory. This means that each of the armed services can enforce these laws and regulations if the service wishes to do so. Usually, taken on a case-by-case basis, survivors of childhood cancer who meet the requirements of the particular service and who are "otherwise physically fit for service" are eligible for a medical waiver to serve in the armed forces, reserves, and ROTC, and to obtain admission to service academies if the survivor is free of cancer and, generally, has completed therapy five years previously.
Waivers are granted for survivors: a female neuroblastoma survivor was granted a waiver and entered the US Naval Academy. The Childhood Cancer Ombudsman Program can research federal regulations and research previous cases to aid the applicant to the military.
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