I have a question that's not directly related to this forum, but is probably a pretty good place to find an answer anyway. One of my friends has been accepted to be a Marine aviator and will be attending OCS at the end of January. During his flight physical, the flight surgeon said he had a self-reducing inguinal hernia. The FS said he could have try to get it taken care of (out-patient surgery on his own dime) before going to OCS or just live with it if it's not too bad. Now that he's working out constantly to prep for OCS, it's causing him some irritation, but not a big deal. He's concerned that if he tries to tough it out, it might get exacerbated during OCS and they send him home. But, if he tries to get it fixed, it might not be healed in time, or they might send him home because he had a surgery since his last physical. Do you surgeon types recommend he have it fixed before leaving? Will he have time to heal (8wks)? Should he try to tough it out and get in the system and then address it? Does anyone know what's the paper work process of having a surgery after the physical and then reporting for OCS? I understand this may not be the best way to have these questions answered, but he just found out and is trying to make a decision as soon as possible. All of his resources and mine are out of town for the holiday, so I'm turning to you guys. Thanks for any help.