Hi everyone - I’ve been working on the SF86 for a State Department internship for the last couple days and only recently remembered an incident that happened a bit more than ten months ago.
In a conversation with a group of friends, the topic of drugs somehow came up and I mentioned offhand that my roommate from freshman year bought a bunch of tabs of acid online. One of these friends asked several times if I could get a tab for him, and while I ignored him at first, I eventually agreed to do so. My freshman year roommate was concerned about being known as a dealer on campus, so I took my friend’s money and exchanged it for the acid without making any profit. I never used any acid, nor did I seek to create such an arrangement again. My friend asked a few weeks later if I could get him acid again and I flatly refused.
Other than experimental use of marijuana a few times, as far as I can tell I do not have any other red flags on my SF86. I am largely disassociated from my freshman year roommate at this point and have had less and less contact with him since after we were randomly assigned as roommates my freshman year. I also have had less contact with the friend who asked for acid and have made clear that I have no intention of repeating such an arrangement. However, I’m now very worried that this incident will be wholly disqualifying and I’ll have sacrificed an excellent opportunity for an incredibly dumb mistake.
The language “In the last seven (7) years, have you been involved in the illegal purchase, manufacture, cultivation, trafficking, production, transfer, shipping, receiving, handling or sale of any drug or controlled substance?” strikes me as very broad so I am under the impression that I should report this incident but please let me know if that is somehow not the case.
Simply put, what are my chances of outright rejection? Is there any space for circumstantial mitigation or is this an straightforward disqualification given the recency / nature of the incident? Thank you very much in advance for any / all insight and I greatly appreciate the help!