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In early 2010 I was treated in a German hospital for alcohol poisoning. My traveler's insurance at the time didn't cover it, so I was slammed with the bill. They also gave me paperwork showing me what they did to me, which was pretty much only a IV that they gave me in order to flush my system. Now I'm looking into joining the military. (Can't decide on the Army or Navy.) But both recruiters I've talked to have told me not to include any information about having been treated while in Germany. Both of them told me that "it didn't happen." Now, my gut instincts tell me that that's dishonest. I voiced my concerns to both recruiters, and they replied that it would be better for me not to tell them that, and that I don't have to volunteer that information. The thing is, I DO have paperwork for the incident. It DID happen. The reason why they are telling me not to include that info, is, I think, because they know that I want to become a cryptologic analyst or linguist, and that job requires SECRET to TOP-SECRET clearance. If I were to include that information, they fear that it would prevent me from getting clearance. Does anyone know about this sort of thing? What should I do?

Asked By: - 6/28/2011
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They do actually get pretty up in your business for even a Secret clearance. The only difference in the process for the two is the frequency of renewals. The Secret clearance lasts longer than the TS clearance... More
Answered By: tpar - 6/28/2011
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I think what it comes down to is who was with you on that trip to Germany, and who else in your life knows about this? When they do a Secret clearance check, they don't look too deeply into your life. But they do for Top Secret. They will get ALLLL in your business for Top Secret. If they're interviewing your buddy for... More
Answered By: Living the Dream - 6/28/2011
 
The fact that you are worried about it and honest enough to want to tell them is probably good sign to them. Don't worry about it.
Answered By: Jonathan D - 6/28/2011
 
If you lie on your application, and they find out, you can get in a LOT of trouble. False statements on the application is A FELONY. Omission is lying... More
Answered By: RoofingPrincess - 6/28/2011
 
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