Mods…I have no idea where this should go; it’s a question of personal interest, but it’s also a question with possible factual answers. Move accordingly. Thanks.
Alright, to begin with, let’s get to the gravy and biscuits of the issue: I was rejected for military service last July. I had tried to join the US Navy. I passed the physical and the ASVAB (got a 90, which, from what they told me at MEPS, was high, although I assume not breath-takingly fantastic—I’m still proud of my score though; they said it was one of the highest that day). During the interview where I would be assigned a MOS (does the Navy refer to them as MOSs? I can’t remember), the officer asked me if I had been a member of any anti-government organization. I replied that the closet thing would have been the Young Communists League, which I had joined when I was about 16 and quit a month later. He furrowed his brow and said he’d have to check that out, then tried to get me to enlist as a nuclear engineer. Well, after that interview, I went into the waiting room (where I had spend the majority of the day, hehe) until he called me again. He said that, as a former Communist, I was completely ineligible for any military service. He also said that, on the list of disqualifying political et. al. associations, Palestinian was included, which he was; he wasn’t a natural born citizen either, but he had been in the Navy for 17 years (all of that based on what he told me).
My question is, for those of you who have military knowledge, are in or were in the military, or just have an idea about a possible answer, is there anything I could possibly do to enlist in the military? Is there some procedure which could prove I’m not a threat to security or is the situation hopeless? Is this one of those situations where it would help if my father were a huge contributer to a politician? Also, if it’s possible I could enlist, would my job/MOS possibilities be so limited that a stint in the Navy wouldn’t be as interesting as I thought it would have been before my rejection?
A side note: when I’ve told some people about why I was rejected from the military, they’ve become angry with me. My grandfather, a former Marine, was very upset that I would, paraphrasing, “soil the integrity of the military”. For those pro-military or anti-former pinko types who become angry over this, please just start a breakaway threat in the Pit or in Great Debates. It would be much more interesting for others, I’m sure, if my question was changed from “Can I join…?” to “Should those like me be allowed to join?”