Thanks for the responses.
All of the input is much appreciated. It gives me an idea how the situation may go, and it honestly looks like it could go either way. Regardless, with the information I have now, in retrospect it easy for me to analyze the events of my past transgressions and realize indeed I was charged, obviously.
To try and put it in my perspective @amberbunny - my true understanding of the situation was that I was not “officially” charged with possession of a controlled substance and the only significant repercussion was the Article 15 (and other additional reprimand already mentioned) and my eventual discharge from the Air Force, which I put down and explained the events. I was not “using” and have never abused drugs in the past or currently, possession of a controlled substance was not a thought in my mind when I received the pills. I took a urinalysis which was negative. I had already been prescribed some pills (not considered a controlled substance), finished them, buddy offered what he had as he was not taking them and the events transpired. Just to note, I disclosed all of this to the investigator prior to the criminal charge question.
You mentioned that you have some lengthy experience in the Air Force and with the legal process. I was 23 at the time, no legal experience, washed back in TACP training with only about five months in the Air Force not counting basic. My point being is that I was honestly naive to the situation. You are not misreading anything and a person with your experience would no doubt probably view the situation the same way. Moreover, my whole point of posting the question was to gain some insight into the possible outcomes and how someone (the adjudicator) could perceive my failure in checking a box that asked if I had ever committed a crime. I had no problem disclosing the information, I was just ignorant and unaware of my official charges. The responses here show me that someone may indeed interpret the incident in various ways and it is not so black and white, so that is good… In my opinion.
Also, going back over my sf86 form, this was my response to the UCMJ question:
**Provide a description of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) offense(s) for which you were charged: I was found in violation of Article 112a under the UCMJ. On or about [date removed], I wrongfully possessed a schedule II substance.
However, for the Police Records section I answered no to both of the following sections:
Have any of the following happened? (If ‘Yes’ you will be asked to provide details for each offense that pertains to the actions that are identified below.)
• In the last seven (7) years have you been issued a summons, citation, or ticket to appear in court in a criminal proceeding against you? (Do not check if all the citations involved traffic infractions where the fine was less than $300 and did not include alcohol or drugs) • In the last seven (7) years have you been arrested by any police officer, sheriff, marshal or any other type of law enforcement official? • In the last seven (7) years have you been charged, convicted, or sentenced of a crime in any court? (Include all qualifying charges, convictions or sentences in any Federal, state, local, military, or non-U.S. court, even if previously listed on this form). • In the last seven (7) years have you been or are you currently on probation or parole? • Are you currently on trial or awaiting a trial on criminal charges?
Police Record (EVER)
Other than those offenses already listed, have you EVER had the following happen to you?
• Have you EVER been convicted in any court of the United States of a crime, sentenced to imprisonment for a term exceeding 1 year for that crime, and incarcerated as a result of that sentence for not less than 1 year? (Include all qualifying convictions in Federal, state, local, or military court, even if previously listed on this form) • Have you EVER been charged with any felony offense? (Include those under the Uniform Code of Military Justice and non-military/civilian felony offenses) • Have you EVER been convicted of an offense involving domestic violence or a crime of violence (such as battery or assault) against your child, dependent, cohabitant, spouse or legally recognized civil union/ domestic partner, former spouse or legally recognized civil union/domestic partner, or someone with whom you share a child in common? • Have you EVER been charged with an offense involving firearms or explosives? • Have you EVER been charged with an offense involving alcohol or drugs?
Thanks for all the input. It is out of my hands now, but I am prepared to appeal any unfavorable decision. I will update this discussion post to help out people in the future.