Physical examinations are intended to ensure that you don’t have certain serious communicable medical conditions, such as smallpox, yellow fever, tuberculosis, cholera or diphtheria. Doctors also check for evidence of other physical or medical disorders or drug addiction. When the civil surgeon conducts your examination, he will check your:
- Lymph nodes
- External genitals
A chest X-ray and blood test may also be required, although children younger than 15 generally aren’t required to have these tests. Blood tests check for several communicable diseases, including gonorrhea, tuberculosis, Hansen’s disease and syphilis.