I recently heard back from the SRP notifying me that my candidacy for appointment to the Foreign Service was terminated, and I’m wondering if my situation is permanently disqualifying or if I could reapply in a few years.
In the decision letter they state the following reasons:
*Conduct that clearly shows poor judgment or lack of discretion. Criminal, dishonest, or notoriously disgraceful conduct.
*Illegal use of narcotics, drugs, or other controlled substances, without evidence of cessation and substantial rehabilitation; and
*Conduct that clearly shows poor judgment or lack of discretion.
The activities that led them to this decision were as follows:
-In 2015 I visited a prostitute while visiting Amsterdam (one time)
-Used marijuana in social settings with friends/students while in school from 2006-2011(never purchased), and then one time in 2016 (never since)
“Your solicitation of a prostitute and willingness to resume taking illegal drugs after
stopping for more than five years undermines your commitment not to use drugs in the
future and demonstrates poor judgment and lack of discretion”
This is a deeply disappointing update, and especially frustrating given my honesty on my SF86 and DS interview regarding information that is embarrassing, illegal, and incriminating. It’s been 4 years since my last drug use and 5 years since the prostitute.
Individually these issues seem mitigate-able, since the prostitute was only one time and its been four years since my last use of marijuana (and I committed to never do either again), but my question at this point is whether this combination of factors is permanently disqualifying or whether I should let some time pass before applying again (and maintaining impeccable behavior). Also if there’s any grounds for an appeal?
As a note, I DID receive eligibility to hold a TS (that step happens before suitability but just wanted to make clear)