I am looking into enlisting in the Coast Guard after I get out of college, but I have looked at the questions they ask you at MEPS and am concerned I may be DQ and I have heard that the Coast Guard does not give out many waivers. So I'm wondering, do you think I will be approved without a waiver? My situation is this: I fractured my foot when I was 11, and it hurt off and on for a few years but has not given me any trouble for the past 5 or so years at all. However, I would have to answer 'yes' to the questions of foot pain, fracture, and if I have had pain at the site of an old fracture. Will they care that it hasn't bothered me in years, or will they just see that I've said yes to a lot of things and DQ me?
Also wondering how long on average it takes from the time you first see your recruiter to when you ship out. I plan to visit my recruiter and get the process started (especially since I may need a waiver) one year from graduation. However, I'm nervous that the process will go faster than I anticipated and they'll make me ship out before I can finish my degree. How much say do you have in your ship date? Will they be willing to schedule MEPS around my class schedule if I have to go when the semester is still in session, or is it basically you get what you get?