I got out of the army in April of 2014. They said I tested positive for marijuana and gave me an article 15. They retested me 2 days after I tested positive and I tested negative. I’m still not sure how I failed the UA in the first place but the still discharged me with general under honorable conditions. Am I able to obtain employment with the state highway patrol with this military record?
That is a question for the state highway patrol, not the military. The military did what it did and washed its hands of you. The only military angle here is if you want to try and upgrade your characterization of discharge. Otherwise, it is this simple: Do we want to hire this guy despite his past with the military.
Just do not lie about it to them.
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Every police agency has its own hiring standards. Assuming no recent use of marijuana, the Article 15 and general discharge are not automatic disqualifiers for the Ohio Highway Patrol. Background removal standards for OSP can be found here:
However, your history will be taken into account by the hiring decision makers. You must be absolutely truthful and forthright in any background investigation. Anything less than that is grounds for dismissal from the process. Other important factors for the decisionmakers will include the presence of other misconduct (especially more recent misconduct), and the extent to which you accept responsibility for your actions. Your response of "I’m still not sure how I failed the UA in the first place" is of some concern here.
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