Rockville, MD asked in Military Law for Maryland

Q: Joining the Army, but bump in the road. What should I do? Please read carefully

When I was 18 I tried to join the Navy. At the time, I was prescribed to Adderal. The military requires a waiver form in order to allow people who had ADHD to join. However, my Navy Recruiter at the time KNEW this and said “don’t worry, it’s just extra paperwork, if they ask you anything you just say NO.” So I NEVER disclosed information about having ADHD or being prescribed to Adderal. So I went to MEPS and obviously failed the examination because they found adderal in my urine. So I got permanently banned from the Navy or a “Permanently DQ.” Come to the Present, I’m 21 trying to join the Army. I’m almost about to go to a MEPS again but a red flag came up and my Army Recruiter has to dig for my old Navy Files. I’m sure he will find out I was permanently banned because they found amphetamines(adderal) in my urine. My dilemma is, I’ve told countless recruiters my true story and no one can reach my old recruiter. Should I lie and say I cheated using adderal during the asvab test?

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J. D. A.
J. D. A.
  • Hunt Valley, MD
  • Licensed in Maryland

A: It wouldn't help anything to lie about the previous incident. If you know the name of the Navy recruiter, it is odd that they can't find him/her. However, it is very unlikely they would support your story and admit they told you to lie, even if they found them. What doesn't add up here is why you apparently told other recruiters about the Navy issue, but not the Army recruiter looking at your file. Anyhow, you may be ultimately unsuccessful in joining the Army- but the best bet seems to be to tell the truth.

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