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If I have smoked pot in the past, should I be honest with the recruiter about it?

It was a past thing and in the questionnaire it asks when, what and how long you used any drugs. I dont want to lie and have it bite me in the ass in the future.

Asked By: KB - 7/30/2008
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Depends upon how long you want to be in the military... More
Answered By: Doris L - 7/30/2008
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Be honest.
Answered By: Blue. - 7/30/2008
 
Even if you tell them that you did, it won't matter. That is such a minor thing today they don't really care. I was in basic with a girl who initially said that she had never smoked pot and she felt guilt about lying. So, in reception, they give people a chance to come clean about anything they may have lied about....... More
Answered By: aimwalk - 7/30/2008
 
don't tell them. i can assure you that they will never find out and really don't care. just don't EVER change your story about it. tell them no, and move on. most recruiters are morons anyway. that's why they are there.
Answered By: o3njp - 7/30/2008
 
seriously. most stuff can be waived. the Marine Corps will totally forget about it if you're honest with them, and as long as you havent done it recently. get over the past, dont be an ass.
Answered By: Josh Hedges - 7/30/2008
 
No. Just dont smoke weed and get caught. If you say yes hes gonna do one of two things, take you through a shi** load of paper work or tell you to lie. save yourself the time and just say no you didnt and dont smoke again. Im sure he's be as dishonest because they all are so dont feel bad.
Answered By: Eric B - 7/30/2008
 
Tell the truth. Chances are that it won't make any difference, too many young people have tried pot for it to make much of a difference. As long as you are no longer smoking pot & it has been awhile since you did, you sound like a safe bet to me to have no problem.
Answered By: geegee - 7/30/2008
 
don't be honest as long as it was a long time ago - no worries ! after all, who is going to tell them ?
Answered By: ducky - 7/30/2008
 
Yes. You should be honest about it with the recruiter. What the military wants to know is how trustworthy you are. Especialy if you are going in for a security clearance job. They WILL talk to your friends, family and anyone they can that might have known you depending on the level of your security clearance. They... More
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Answered By: elmo18b - 7/30/2008
 
Your recruiter will only probably tell you to leave it out when you're talking to the docs at MEPS.
Answered By: jason_lowder92288 - 7/30/2008
 
If you are joining the Marine Corps then...Yes. Tell them. The recruiters don't care if you smoked. They just need to get waivers. Bu if you say no and during the first week of boot camp the D.I. will come up with ridiculous ways to make you say you smoked. Then you won't have the waiver and you'll get kick out of... More
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Answered By: missy11 - 7/30/2008
 
When you get to MEPS they will ask you this question and most recruiters will you to say no but if you must then say yes i did but it was once on an experimental basis.
Answered By: Caleb M - 7/30/2008
 
I had waivers for three different drugs when I joined did alright. The recruiter will most likely tell you not to say anything because it means less paper work for him. A waiver for reefer or what ever else won't hold you back since it was something in your past. On the flip side if you've quit a long time back and... More
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Answered By: artemtb - 7/30/2008
 
If there is no chance of it being in your system (after one month) lie like a rug. They will require a waiver if you tell the truth.
Answered By: Dylan S - 7/31/2008
 
You are giving your LIFE to them. They dont give a **** what you have or have not smoked. Good luck.
Answered By: unborn_mind - 8/1/2008
 
i know this isnt the most ethical thing but dont say anyhting
Answered By: Hopeless_Romantic - 8/1/2008
 
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