I'm fixin to be 30 and just tired and bored of my life right now. My job bores me. I really have no friends. I really don't have any hobbies except hanging out with my wife and riding my bike.
I was thinking about joining the ARMY or Navy. In the ARMY I would join as a 15U or 15T-helicopter repairer. In The Navy I would join as an Aviation machinist, same thing but I think you get get put to work on an aricraft of their choice. What I like is the idea of taking those helicopters apart and putting them back together. The other thing is if you are squared away, with both army or navy, you can end up as aircrew flying on the aircraft even manning the guns. Also, I would love to go to sea or just travel, meet people, make new friends, and be proud of myself.
My concerns are on about.com it says for the army they wont except you if you smoked weed over the age of 18. The Navy doesn't say anything about this. I used to smoke weed regularly from 16-19. I have smoked probably 3-4 times since then with the last time being 2002. I think this even DQs me from the army now...? To be aircrew you must pass a security clearance which I believe involves a polygraph test, so its not like I could lie to get in, then tell the truth later.
I'm not gonna 'go down to MEPs to find out' because the way I see it by the time I'm at MEPs, I'm mentally and physically ready to be on my way to Iraq or where ever. I'm not going to get prepared like that, upset my wife, just to find out its a no go. I don't trust recruiters. I had one tell me to "just keep quiet about that" in Louisiana.
I would go infantry and see what I could make out of it but I have a history of cystic acne that I took acutane for back in 2001. If I got hot and sweaty and don't take a shower at least the next day, I'd probably be in trouble, so this is something I'll need a waiver for.
Am I too old to even think about this? Should I even bother? I'm sure there are other people in the military who've smoked weed, right?