This question has been in the back of my mind for a while:
In August I had finished a three month legal internship with an agency that required me to fill an SF 86 back in February. It feels like a cliche, but this is what happened – I failed to disclose marijuana use. It was one time (just one inhale even) between college and law school. I do not intend to ever try it again. Out of panic I did not disclose the use because law school puts the fear of God into about how important it is to do well, land interviews, etc etc and I was terrified I would stop my career before it started for one single use.
Moving forward, after really struggling with what to do, I know now to be honest moving forward. However I never revealed my non-disclosure to the agency I was with and at this point do not see what good it would do because my clearance was so low and the internship is over. My goals are to go on commission with a branch of the JAG corps when I graduate in a year and a half or work with a letter agency which means more background checks.
My specific question is: what are the most likely outcomes for my first career moves when I admit that I had a single use of marijuana, no future intention of use, and failed to disclose on my first SF 86 out of naive panic on future SF 86/JAG applications/other forms to receive a Common Access Card/higher clearance background checks.
I plan on speaking with a recruiter and disclosing everything moving forward, I just want to know if I should have a career plan B & C!