Hi SCJ community,
I’m 22 and seriously considering joining the military. The jobs I’m interested in require a TS clearance once I’m in. Despite the potential for the Sf-86 test, the military application also is asking if I have done any of the things I am about to mention below.
My predicament: I used marijuana frequently in high school and then occasionally in my first year of college, all in all from 16-19 years old. When I was in high school (16-17 y/o,) I made the mistake of selling some of my MJ to friends for 2-3 months. After, I felt that I was doing something wrong and stopped. I was never criminally charged, nor do I have any kind of record. A total of 10 people in my hometown do know what was going on, however. I also tried LSD when I was 17 but have never touched it since. In my first semester of college, at 19 years old, I was in a hotel room on a school trip where kids drank while underage, and our dean of students found out. Nothing was put in my transcript and no disciplinary action was brought upon me but the other kids were not so lucky. My parents had a nasty divorce and my dumb, immature self did stupid things to cope. Now, that I’m about to turn 23, I feel really stupid and ashamed of my past.
Since graduating from high school, I have been a model citizen. No traffic record, four consistent years of employment with high potential for recommendations, high recommendations from college professors, and friends who can attest to being a different person. My past motivated me to be a better person but my past is my past. I want to serve my country but as I said, my past is my past.
My main question here is: Considering everything I have mentioned, should I even consider joining the military being that I made these mistakes when I was young? I do not smoke MJ now, nor do I regularly drink alcohol, or associate myself with people who use substances regularly.