If someone lied at enlistment then was DEP discharged to join the reserves, should they come clean about the lie?

Asked over 1 year ago - New York, NY

Say someone did not disclose high school marijuana use and enlisted active duty. The individual was DEP discharged before going to boot camp to join the reserves. The reserves would not require new processing (MEPS) but the job will require a top secret clearance and the individual wants to come clean about the prior drug use. Would this be advisable?

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  1. Harris Justin Brumer

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    Answered . If one is applying for a Top Secret clearance, one must be subjected to an exhaustive background investigation. You will have to fill out an SF-86 Form and give a brief summary of your life. Do not lie on this. Be com

  2. William Emil Cassara

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    Answered . As noted, the lie is worse than the act itself. Be honest.

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  3. John Daniel Hafemann

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    Answered . Honesty is the best policy. If you have any further questions feel free to contact my office. The initial consultation is free. Good luck.

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