Waiver Chances & Security Clearance

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kburklow
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So between July and December of 2016, I smoked Marijuana ~10 times and in December I also experimented with LSD once. I know that moral waivers are unlikely to be approved when for LSD and I'm certain that the Marijuana use does me no favors, but I'm deadset on joining and would like to know my chances/how to improve those chances. I do recognize that it has been less than a year, so approval is slim in any case.

Additionally, I'm currently enrolled (obviously not contracted) in Army ROTC and as I hope to receive a commission upon graduation I was curious as to what obstacles this would pose in receiving a Secret security clearance.

On a side note, the ARNG recruiter told me to lie about it and I'm considering reporting him. Any thoughts?

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MSG Glenn
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@kburklow

I can't tell what will happen with waivers, security clearances or commissioning in 3 or 4 years. At that time you might get turned down for all of the above or it might not even be considered. The only thing I know for sure is that you should stay away from all recreational drugs from now on.

Some people will tell you that if there is no written legal record of your offenses then it never happened. Listen to your own conscience & accept the consequences if there are any.

Good luck! Stick around & keep us updated on your ROTC experiences.

kburklow
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MSG Glenn, I just wanted to

MSG Glenn,

I just wanted to clarify that the waivers I'm seeking are for right now (my ROTC contract will trump the enlisted contract) and that I'll (hopefully) be contracting August 2018. Once I'm contracted, I'll be required to get my security clearance immediately.

I know that you (nor anyone else) can state with any accuracy how difficult receiving the clearance will be since it's around a year away, but I was just hoping to get an idea of how it would be if I were attempting to do so now.

MSG Glenn
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@kburklow

Thanks for the clarification.

Since the US Military will be expanding under the present administration my feeling that any past problems with enlisting, waivers, Officer acquisition, clearances, etc. might be eased. However - the Army is very serious about commissioning & Senior NCO promotions & that will trickle down to any requirements that each needs (like security clearances) & will more than likely still have the same standards.

Again - if there is no record like a legal charge then it didn't happen. I'm not sure what the past history questionnaire covers. Their might be an extensive background check for Secret clearances & higher. For all I know when I was up for Secret & Top Secret there were no investigations that included friends, relatives, neighbors & so on. Nobody told me they had been interviewed about my past & I'm sure most of them would have let me know.

I guess you'll find out in a year. Meanwhile I wouldn't worry about it.