Question On January 7, 2013 I enlisted into the marines, went through MEPS and everything and was in DEP since I was in high school. Later on I got a letter in the mail saying I tested positive for marijuana which shocked me considering I don't smoke and tested negative on two other tests before going to MEPS. I do not take part in any drugs and have never had any police involvement. The letter also said my processing will resume in febuary of 2013. I waited until January 14th of this year to reapply but they denied me. I was wondering if there was some sort of waiver or drug screening I could go through to allow me to enlist. Is all hope lost for me and the marines? In the military? Can I get a lawyer? Can a hair follicle test prove I don't use drugs? If the marines won't accept me will any branch? I understand the military has a zero tolerance for drug use and I'm willing to do whatever it takes to prove I don't do any drugs. I really want this, the military is all I've ever wanted since I was a kid. Thank you in advance.
Sorry to hear that you got caught-up in this mess. The new commandant of the Marine Corps will not allow any waivers for anything related to drugs, period, so that's out. Yeah, I suppose a lawyer is your best bet, but he'll be expensive. Other Services will give waivers, but that's admitting you were a drug user. MEPS does make mistakes occassionally, so you need to prove them wrong, Get a lawyer that's not afraid to challenge the government. Ask before you pay. See you around base.
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