I figure that there are enough military people on the boards that I can get some solid advice on how to proceed. Any help would be extremely appreciated. Here’s the background:
I’ve been talking with a USMC recruiter over the past week. In the initial pre-screen, I was very forthcoming about my checkered past, including hallucinogen use and a brief stay at a psychiatric ward (self-admitted, depression, for four days which ended with the psychiatrist stating that I really had no reason to be there.) Both of these things took place around 5 years ago; since then my nose has been clean. Whenever I bring this stuff up, my recruiter cuts me off with a gentle shushing and explains that:
When I go to MEPS, I should answer all yes/no questions “no”. Furthermore, I need to be consistent with what I tell MEPS and whatever’s in my package.
Doing so isn’t lying. Because these events occurred so long ago, they’re irrelevant. The military only cares about the person I am today and will be in the future, not what happened in the past. (Although, regardless of how I feel about myself as an individual, isn’t past behavior the strongest predictor of future behavior?) Sometimes my recruiter is a little more explicit and says that only things which happened within the past 5 years count.
He’s trying to look out for me. Due to my test scores, I should be able to land any MOS I want (although no guarantee). He wants my options to be open so that I’m more likely to get an enlistment bonus.
My recruiter is a GySgt with an absurd number of ribbons on his uniform (15, although I don’t know if this is actually impressive), including a Purple Heart and a Drill Instructor ribbon. I want to take him at his word, but what he’s telling me seems incredibly sketchy.
He took me to take the ASVAB and the DLAB yesterday, and I smoked both of them (99%, 147 respectively). After seeing my scores, he began pushing me strongly to consider the cryptologic linguist program. The MOS forms are pretty clear that I’d be disqualified for top secret clearance, although they don’t seem to indicate whether it’s a hard DQ or whether it’s open for consideration on a case-by-case basis. However, I don’t feel comfortable lying about my past to the military. If that bars me from certain MOS’s, that’s okay with me. I’m not ashamed of my past, and I’d rather not live in constant fear of having fraudulent enlistment charges thrown at me. Furthermore, there are medical records indicating my stay at a psychiatric hospital, and although I have no criminal record involving drugs, an background interview with anyone I’ve known from 2003-2004 will turn something up.
Although I’ve brought these issues up with my recruiter several times, his advice is always the same. He certainly hasn’t started the process for filling out any waivers, and since I intend to spill the beans at MEPS regardless, I know I’m going to be sent back until I get everything straightened out. My recruiter wants me to go to MEPS for the physical and to sign the DEP forms on Friday. (I don’t know why he’s trying to push me through in just a week, particularly since I told him I can’t ship out until at least October.) Will I just be wasting my time by going to MEPS? Should I be speaking to someone about the situation he’s put me in? If so, who? I don’t really know who is above my recruiter.