Questions regarding marijuana experimentation

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  1. oykot9991

    oykot9991 New Member

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    Hello so I plan on applying for an ROTC scholarship in either navy or Air Force next year.(junior in high school right now) I made a horrible mistake experimenting with marijuana one time when I was 16. Just recently I was hanging out with some "friends" and they were my ride home and they decided to stop and smoke marijuana in the car and there was no way I was about to risk my chances anymore by smoking it too. Instead I rolled down the window and stuck my head out so I wouldn't have to smell the marijuana. Well later that day, I ended up feeling kind of "high" sort of like a buzz, for about 25 minutes even though I didn't smoke anything and tried not to inhale it at all from second hand smoke. My question is, does that count as marijuana experimentation? Or do I only have to put on the application that i smoked it one time? Also, will having marijuana experimentation 1 or 2 times affect my chances of getting a scholarship or let alone getting into ROTC? I deeply regret the first time I did it and now I'm never going anywhere near it again.
     
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    If what you are saying you only truly smoked it once that's what I would put. You don't put that your a smoker if your parents are and you are inhaling it all the time even when you try not to. Same thing to me. Just my 2cents.
     
  3. cyslas55

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    I am not sure about how it affects the scholarship, but I experimented once way back as well and admitted it, and my detachment commander at the time waived it. As long as you don't ever do it again while enrolled and do not change your answer regarding the incident, I think you should be fine.
     
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    I just don't want future possible problems with security clearance or whatever it may be if I don't admit this incident even though I didn't technically use marijuana more than once.
     
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    It wont unless you flip flop on your answers, if you want to be overly cautious and tell them then do so, but personally I'd think they wouldn't care about the 2nd (not really used). All depends on how you word it and what you say. So like I said, make a decision and stand by it.
     
  6. Non Ducor Duco

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    If you didn't smoke it yourself then it doesn't count. Though I would suggest not putting yourself in those kind of situations again, particularly once you get in the program. At most colleges it's guilt by association as far as illegal drug/alcohol use is concerned and your future cadre members would be none too pleased if say your roomate gets busted as a druggie/drug dealer (real life example).

    At worst they will suspect you of partaking too, at best they'll seriously question your ability to make good decisions.
     
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    You smoked it once. Write that you smoked it once. What happens next no one can say. If you check the forum I cannot think of an instance where someone was denied a scholarship for truthfully saying they experimented with marijuana once.
     
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    I read your post as saying you sat near/next to someone who smoked, most would call that 2nd hand smoke (assuming you accurately described the situation.)
     
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    OP, I agree with all of the above posts with the addition that you should find yourself some new friends. (100+ Non Ducor Duco).
     
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    You didn't smoke it. If you decide to mention it so you have a clear conscience, mention it as second hand as you described above. It's the truth and that never hurts.
     
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    To echo everyone above, be truthful. Background investigators might interview those who saw you when you smoked it. You don't want inconsistent information during your background check.

    The 2nd time was not actual use, but if you want to come clean, do so.

    Don't get too worried about it. (Several Commander-in-Chiefs have smoked it.)

    Just don't do it again!
     
  12. oykot9991

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    Thank you everybody.
     
  13. Day-Tripper

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    Oh jesus god! Just don't hang with stoners ever, ever again, deny ever having used drugs, apply for ROTC, get good grades, eworj hard, enjoy college, be a good officer, serve honorably, marry a good girl (never forget birthdays, Valentines or Mother's Day with flowers), have thee or four kids, pay your taxes, attend all the little league games and dance recitals, get old, go to American Legion Hall on Thursdays - bowling with wives on Fridays, mow the lawn on Saturdays, church on Sundays, Xmas lights up after Thanksgiving, then down after New Years - retire, play with grandkids, find condo in Florida, get bored, write posts on military-related Internet forums, have a few laughs along on the way.

    And lighten up.

    It's not that hard.

    Read, rinse, repeat.
     
  14. Sampia

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    My DS mentioned his experimentation on his NROTC app. That has never been an issue for him and he will be commissioning in a couple months. As mentioned above, consistency is the key. Honesty is another key. I do not see why you would need to mention secondhand smoke. The application does not ask about secondhand smoke. Stick to the facts and the question at hand. My concern would be if being around too much secondhand smoke could cause you to test positive on a drug screen. I have heard many units don't do them, but my son's does them randomly every semester at least twice. I don't believe you need to drop your friends unless they do not respect the position you are in. If they don't help protect you from being caught in situations that could cause trouble for you, then maybe they aren't good enough friends to keep around.
     

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