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Dec 16th, 2010 at 6:32pm
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hello. im 19, and i recently enlisted in the national guard.
while filling out the many forms at MEPS i came across a question that asked if i had ever been suspended from school. i checked no.
however, i had been suspended from school for failing a drug test my junior year (for marijuana only) . i also answered no when asked if i had ever used marijuana. i enlisted as a 35m, which requires a top secret clearance. it was only the one time...how do i go about fixing this error?? can i attempt to fix it before i am officially interviewed for my clearance? im supposed to leave for BCT in april 2011...if they decide to grant me clearance despite my failure to come clean earlier, will it delay me shipping to BCT? what are my chances of actually getting the top secret clearance anyway?

if this bares any relevance as well...i also received a shoplifting charge (less than $100 worth) when i was 15...but i was 100% HONEST about this on all forms. never received probation or anything of that sort. will this hurt my chances in addition to me lying about the suspension and drug use?

i know it was foolish to cave into the advice given by my recruiter to conceal the information (i asked my recruiter about it a multitude of times and every time he assured me he was 130% sure they would not find out about it and that i should lie)...however, i really dont blame anyone but myself. also, will my recruiter get sh*t for encouraging me to lie? i really wouldnt want that, because other than this whole fiasco he's been great...help?
  
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Reply #1 - Dec 17th, 2010 at 4:57pm
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Recruiters not infrequently advise enlistees to withhold minor derogatory information because they have quotas to meet and don't want anything to interfere with that.

Your best and safest option at this point is to say nothing. Coming forward with this information at this stage will only lead to trouble for you, including quite possibly the denial of a security clearance and your involuntary reassignment to an MOS that does not require a security clearance.

Learn from this mistake and keep your nose clean henceforward.
  
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Reply #2 - Dec 17th, 2010 at 7:53pm
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well this is pretty terrible.

you really think if i come clean to the interviewers before being presented with the facts, (if they so happen to find out)
explain that i was encouraged to lie on numerous occasions, i can still kiss my clearance goodbye?

what if they go to my school and find my records? couldnt they discharge me for fraudulent enlistment? i really wish i could fix this. im scared to death that my future is going down the freakin toilet. if this doesnt work out...i'm lost. i dont know what the hell im going to do with my life.
  
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Reply #3 - Dec 18th, 2010 at 10:08am
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Get a copy of your high school transcript. Does it say anything about your having been suspended and the cause?

Background investigators consult educational records primarily for the purpose of confirming graduation.
  
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Reply #4 - Dec 18th, 2010 at 6:34pm
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I'm not sure if I agree with Intel Vet's advice. What if the original poster here progresses on up and is eventually asked to take a polygraph? The truth will come out then and it will be much worse if you've continued to lie throughout the years. It's strange that you were willing to be honest about the shoplifting, but not the marijuana.

It is a shame that recruiters encourage applicants to lie...I'm not sure if your recruiter would get in trouble or not. Ultimately that shouldn't be your concern.

I can guarantee that if you continue to lie about it, you're only going to feel worse and worse. There's a reason we say "the truth will set you free". Do you really want more sleepless nights over this?
  
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Reply #5 - Dec 18th, 2010 at 6:46pm
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I'm not sure if I agree with Intel Vet's advice. What if the original poster here progresses on up and is eventually asked to take a polygraph? The truth will come out then and it will be much worse if you've continued to lie throughout the years. It's strange that you were willing to be honest about the shoplifting, but not the marijuana.


Polygraphs don't work--they're completely bogus--as you'll learn from reading elsewhere on this site. But even if they did, the polygraph format used by DoD doesn't include questions about illegal drug use.
  
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Reply #6 - Dec 18th, 2010 at 7:28pm
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im planning on going to the school after this weekend. after i complete bct and ait i want to continue my education so i would need my transcripts anyway...i doubt it would say anything in my transcripts, however the school might have a file on me for disciplinary records, i would assume, but im not sure. do investigators not check those? i've been reading a lot about these investigations but i can't find anything about them checking high school disciplinary records...every other type of record, basically, but not those.

by the way, thank you for all of your assistance/advice.
this might just be some type of sorry sap situation to everyone else reading, but to me, well, its my life. its everything.
  
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Reply #7 - Dec 18th, 2010 at 7:31pm
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Get a copy of your high school transcript. Does it say anything about your having been suspended and the cause?

Background investigators consult educational records primarily for the purpose of confirming graduation. 

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don't know why it didnt do that before..
  
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Reply #8 - Dec 18th, 2010 at 10:51pm
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Illegal drug use is not the problem. Lying about paperwork is, and I am 99% certain that will come up on a polygraph. The fact is this kid feels guilty enough that he is posting about it here...no doubt a polygraph would catch it. There may be problems with the polygraph, but anyone who would try to lie has no business working for government agencies based on integrity.

The investigators will indeed find out that you were suspended, because suspensions and expulsions are included in your "file" (the same file as college admissions people see). If you were a college graduate they would probably only look at your HS transcripts but because you are younger they will look there.

I strongly encourage you to come forward with the truth as soon as possible. One of the mitigating conditions for falsification is a good faith effort to correct the error quickly.
  
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Reply #9 - Dec 19th, 2010 at 4:57pm
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im familar with mitigating circumstances, but i dont quite understand the concept. another mitigating circumstance is being encouraged to lie by authorized personel...but would mitigating circumstances actually allow me to continue with the process of getting my clearance? or would it just protect me from fradulent enlistment and reassign me to another MOS that doesnt require the clearance?
im working with the assumption that it could go absolutely either way.
  
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Reply #10 - Dec 21st, 2010 at 7:17pm
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Im having the same problem. I lied about being suspended, and expelled from high school. It was stupid stuff I did when I was younger and my recruiter told me if I dont say anything they wont find out. I've also gone to court but it was cleared off of my record and I wasnt charged with anything it was a type of 'teen court' where it was all teenagers doing the 'attorney' and 'judging' and whatnot kind've for first time offenders. I had to write an essay and do 20 hours of community service. I really doubt that they'll go that deep into it, one of the other students who was involved in the same issue and had to go to court with me is now working at an army hospital under federal clearance. She said they didnt find anything at all about it.

I'm going into the Navy for IT hopefully or MA and havent been told that either of them need top secret clearance.
I'm heading back to meps to redo my physical and get the job i want, last time they did not have mine and I havent heard anything from them about finding anything out and its been about 4 months.

Any possibility that it'll come up? and if so how much of a possibility.
  
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Reply #11 - Dec 22nd, 2010 at 1:29am
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Im having the same problem. I lied about being suspended, and expelled from high school. It was stupid stuff I did when I was younger and my recruiter told me if I dont say anything they wont find out. I've also gone to court but it was cleared off of my record and I wasnt charged with anything it was a type of 'teen court' where it was all teenagers doing the 'attorney' and 'judging' and whatnot kind've for first time offenders. I had to write an essay and do 20 hours of community service. I really doubt that they'll go that deep into it, one of the other students who was involved in the same issue and had to go to court with me is now working at an army hospital under federal clearance. She said they didnt find anything at all about it.


-shrug- my shoplifting offense was much of the same effect...i had a committee of people in the community (one gal was my biology teacher) who i had to talk about what i had done and why i had done it a couple of times; this all took place in a health center. however, despite the fact it was "hidden" or "expunged" or whatever you want to refer to it as, my recruiter easily found this information after multiple calls to the local police station.

as for everything else...i havent a clue, since we're in a simliar situation. but i think i know what i have to do now.

good luck.

CLOSED THREAD.
  
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Reply #12 - Dec 22nd, 2010 at 1:33am
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Are you going to admit to it?
If so I think I will be doing the same thing, I've got an appointment with a recruiter next monday (a different recruiter) to get this taken care of.
Best of luck.
  
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Reply #13 - Dec 22nd, 2010 at 10:49pm
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Re: Failed FBI poly, what happens next?
Reply #16 - Today at 10:44pm    G Scalabr wrote on Apr 1st, 2005 at 8:53am:
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He wanted to dictate the statement and basically wanted me to admit to using countermeasures, then he would schedule me for a retest.

From the tone of your post, it appears that you wisely did not fall for this ploy. When a polygraph operator requests that you make a written statement (especially one worded like you described), it’s not because he feels that things are inconclusive and he wants you to continue in the process with another operator.

Instead, it is overwhelming likely that the examiner is planning to make a written report to disqualify you (for either deception or an arbitrary determination that you employed countermeasures). He is looking for a written confession to help solidify his case. You were smart not to give him one.

Nothing good that can come from making a written admission once a polygraph session has begun. NOTHING.

This is one of the most important pieces of advice that anyone facing a polygraph should know. Failing a polygraph “test” is extremely negative for one’s career potential in law enforcement. Still, having a failed polygraph on your record pales in comparison to having a folder sitting in FBI HQ file drawer with a signed statement from an FBI Special Agent stating that you admitted to him that you attempted to beat the pre-employment screening polygraph. Worse yet is when the above sheet of paper is immediately followed by a note in your handwriting admitting to the above.

It is our experience that applicants who fall for the polygrapher’s “I am here to help you get hired act—it is you and I against ‘headquarters’…” will sign almost anything after a reassuring statement informing the applicant that this is in his best interests. Regrettably, those who go along with this act are often caused irreparable damage.



This is exactly what happened to me and now I want to join the military (as an Officer) but I don't know how it will affect me.  Please help.
  
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Reply #14 - Sep 16th, 2012 at 7:38am
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Okay, clearly you guys have wrapped up your cases one way or another now.  But to anyone who may be getting in, tell the truth up front.  Recruiters don't know what the f*** they're talking about most of the time, and will also say whatever they think will make you sign the dotted line.  Ive been there, and was extremely misguided let's say.  If you have done drugs, been suspended, or done other "stupid kid things" I can guarantee there's a waiver for it.  Do I care if you smoked weed in high school?  A little yes, but that's not making me block your clearance.  Do I care if you smoked weed then tried to cover it up?  You better believe I do, because if you're willing to lie about that stuff what else is lies, or what else will you lie about?  If you're an honest person with integrity who can say "I made a mistake" that's not the end of the world, everyone screws up.  If you mess up and try to sweep it under the rug, then you do not look like someone who deserves to be trusted with sensitive information.  Food for thought.
  
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