ganja wrote:Hello all. So I am now giving some thought to USAF JAG but I may have a potential red flag. Back in high school at the young dumb age of 15, I was caught with the sticky icky on school grounds and was charged with possession of pot under 20 grams (no intent sell). I completed something called a "first offense program" where if you serve a short suspension from school, do some community service work and and attend a class, you are guaranteed to have no crminal record. Now this has been my only run in with the law (though i did have my license suspended for 2 days due to a misunderstanding about a yr ago) and it happened about 10 years ago. When I called the youth court to ask about they said I should have no problem and it shouldn't be seen by anybody. I was already aware of this but is the military security clearance so precise that it can identify it? I wouldn't want to put it on an application if I didn't have to. Should I put it on anyway?
As others have said, it is unlikely they will find out. You should still disclose though as it is never good to be dishonest. I'm curious. Your name is ganja and you say that all of this happened back in high school? Some applications (the Navy and Marines that I know of) will ask you about recreational drug use in your life. I have also applied to the Army and have not yet been questioned, but it may come up later. I don't know if the AF asks about recreational drug use, but you should expect to be questioned about rec. drug use, not just if you've been charged before.
I'm not one to judge but I am trying to help you out here. Your name on here implies to me that drugs are still a part of your life. Whether they are or not, it implies the message nonetheless. Doing something careless like this makes me question how serious you are about this process. You say you are beginning to think about it so I don't want to criticize you this early in the process (or at all). Rather, I just know what it takes not only to apply but to get accepted into one of these programs. So basically what I'm saying to you is that if you decide to pursue and apply, I suggest you take it very seriously and think more carefully about all decisions you make.
Plenty of people are accepted in JAG roles with disclosed prior drug use (I was). The key word in that sentence however, is prior
I really hope I didn't offend but I think its important to realize the image you represent as an officer in the military. If you are serious about it, you should be trying to emulate that image even before you are accepted. Best of luck to you if you apply.
And best of luck to me as I just submitted my Army AD App. earlier this week!! HAHA