- Mar 15, 2017
Hello everyone. First of all, no judging allowed. Well, you can, but please keep it to yourself. This is honestly a very stressful situation for me. I will be an applicant to USMA for the class of 22. It is my greatest desire to attend a service academy and it has been my goal for a long time. Several years ago though, I attempted (it barely worked) to distill alcohol. It was just for an experiment/fun. I didn't consume any product and most definitely did not sell it. After realizing the seriousness of the act that I was doing, I ditched everything. Never thought about doing it again. Nobody needs to tell me how dumb it was to do something like that—I know. I regret it and have greatly learned from my mistake. No punishments resulted because I was lucky. However, I know distilling alcohol is a felony. It won't affect my entrance to the academy because I wasn't caught. Me and my friend are pretty much the only people that know. But what I'm looking at is down the road. I don't want to hide this if I'm ever polygraphed or something and the question arises like "have you ever committed a serious crime?". Would saying yes and explaining the incident be grounds for removal? Or does this not fall under the serious crime category? Sorry for all you adults reading this and shaking your head because this appeared on a service academy forum, but I'd rather know now and not start the race than be hit upside the head years from now. I would love to get the thought of my career being ruined by a stupid decision as a young teen out of my head. Thanks to all.