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Im literally freakin out at this point. Ive already sworn in at meps. 2 days before i went to meps i got a speeding ticket for a 72 in 55. and my recruiter told me that it wasnt a problem beause they are trying to get people on drug charges and dui's and what not. i wish i didnt lie. but the fact remains i did. So now i have this interview for my TS and im terrified that they are going to find it. i havnt gone to court for my ticket yet so i dont think itll be in the system. but im just not sure what to do. i feel like i should just fes up and say i go the ticket. but my recruiter said that if it comes up in the interview to say that i got the ticket after meps and it will just be over looked. but im just terrified. Any real knowledgable help would be immensely appreciative!

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Matt,
Quit worrying about it.  I had literally hundreds of speeding tickets when I first joined and I have one of the highest clearance levels you can get.  Just be honest about it and you'll see it doesn't amount to much.  A speeding ticket is called a minor offense.  Only major offenses are harmful.  Your recruiter is correct, it'll be overlooked unless you try to lie about it and get caught.
Colonel H

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All military questions, any Service. 30 years experience & two Ph.D.'s. 4 times Base Commander. Worked with Army, Navy, USMC, USCG and several foreign military units. Veteran of Kosovo, Bosnia, Macedonia, Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan, and 10 civil wars in Africa.

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Air Force Colonel with 30 years experience. Air Force Base Commander 4 times. Highly decorated.

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Org of Am Historians, Wild West History Assoc., Disabled American Veterans - Life Member, Am Motorcyclist Assoc. - Life Member, North Am Hunt Club - Life Member, NWTF - Life Member

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Numerous book reviews published in the Journal of American History. Two books submitted for publication. Co-Author of two more. Eisenhower memorial Library (interview with U.S. Presidential chaffeur

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Ph.D. in military history, Columbus University (Summa Cum Laude) Ph.D. in history, London, England (Summa Cum Laude) Master of Arts degree in history, Marshall University, WV Bachelors degree, double-major in history and mathematics, Salem College, WV Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL

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Legion of Merit, Defense MSM, 5 Meritous Service Medals,Joint Commendation Medal AF Commendation Medal Army Commendation Joint Achievement Medal AF Achievement Medal Outstanding Volunteer Medal Total of 33 Medals and 43 Ribbons

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