So this is something that has been on my conscience for nearly 30 years. Back in the 1986/87 timeframe, while in the Navy (at the age of 20) and holding a Secret clearance, I took acid on two or three occasions (but not more). I was young and immature. I've NEVER taken illegal drugs again.
I've continued to hold a Secret clearance as both a member of the Navy reserve and through civilian jobs. However, each time that I've completed by SF-86 (n=3), I did not honestly answer the question regarding the use of illegal drugs while holding a clearance.
At some point I'm going to need to complete another SF-86. As well, I've been looking at new jobs/positions that require TS clearances. I'd like to work another 10-15 years in the military/DoD sector.
All other factors asides what is potential impact of now reporting my false SF-86 statements? Can likley to be adjudicated (and what the process to do that)? Should I report this now or wait to complete another SF-86?
FYI, I've never abused alcohol, have good finances, no run-ins with the law, etc.
At first I was embraced about the drug use, but now I'm absolutely ashamed of the dishonest reporting.