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Old 12-12-2013, 06:52 PM
 
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When I initially went to MEPS I filled out the questionnaire; the question I think was the problem was the alcohol question. It asked how often do I consume alcoholic drinks I answered once a month, which is true because I work 7 days a week and I don't have the time. The next question was how many drinks, I marked the 7-9 option because I thought that sounded normal. When the MEPS doctor reviewed my paperwork she asked if I thought I had a drinking problem and I laughed saying yeah the morning after is the worst that's why I don't drink often, as a joke but I forgot that the doctors at MEPS are NOT your friends. She marked me down as possible alcohol abuse. Quite honestly the 7-9 is a lie, I have 1 drink and I'm done.

But the psych consult could also be that I was on Ritalin as a child (ages 7-9) or my traffic violations because I have 5 from years 2007-2010.

IF it is just for the "possible alcohol abuse" what should I except? How should I act? Quite honestly I don't drink often, I don't like the morning after and I'm always working, so I just don't have the time. I've never been in a situation that involved alcohol, so this is very nerve-racking for me.
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Old 12-12-2013, 09:41 PM
 
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How about you just tell the truth?
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Old 12-12-2013, 09:44 PM
 
Location: Hard aground in the Sonoran Desert
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It's for the alcohol abuse...you have a crappy Recruiter if he/she let you walk in running your mouth and joking with MEPS Doctors. That is a sure way to get yourself disqualified. Why the heck would you answer 7-9 if honestly it is only 1?

Now you need to go convince another Doctor the information you "lied" about before isn't true and that you don't really have a drinking problem even though you lied to make it sound like you did. 7-9 drinks is a lot of drinks in one outing so now you have to get yourself out of that mess.

As for as how you should act...I would try honesty at this point, it's about all you got left.

Good luck.
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Old 12-13-2013, 04:56 AM
 
Location: Richmond, VA
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The next question was how many drinks, I marked the 7-9 option because I thought that sounded normal.
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Old 12-13-2013, 12:47 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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The military considers anything over 5 drinks in one night to be binge drinking and alcohol abuse. I don't know why you would have though NINE DRINKS was normal. NINE drinks would be put me in the hospital with alcohol poisoning.
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Old 12-15-2013, 03:08 PM
 
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Back in my military days I saw guys put down 5 pitchers. If they keep calling you back you need to convince them that you want to get in. It might be a good idea to speak with your recruiter again.
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Old 12-08-2014, 02:16 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, not Paris. #MAGA.
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Although this thread is old, I feel the need to respond as this is still important (though basic) information for anyone looking to join the military (or any other job for that matter). If you feel the need to lie, for whatever reason and regardless of the lie, when filling out applications, then maybe the military isn't for you. I'm not sure how the OP got out of this one, but if s/he tried to "explain" way the lie, I would hope that s/he was exposed and disqualified. I'm very big on integrity and believe that even a small lie, which shows poor judgment and honesty issues, is just as bad as a major lie.
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Old 12-08-2014, 02:41 PM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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Although this thread is old, I feel the need to respond as this is still important (though basic) information for anyone looking to join the military (or any other job for that matter). If you feel the need to lie, for whatever reason and regardless of the lie, when filling out applications, then maybe the military isn't for you. I'm not sure how the OP got out of this one, but if s/he tried to "explain" way the lie, I would hope that s/he was exposed and disqualified. I'm very big on integrity and believe that even a small lie, which shows poor judgment and honesty issues, is just as bad as a major lie.
The original poster has not been back since 12-19-2013, about 7 days after their first post...
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Old 12-08-2014, 02:52 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, not Paris. #MAGA.
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The original poster has not been back since 12-19-2013, about 7 days after their first post...
Yes, thanks. My response was directed not solely toward the OP, though, but as a general warning to those trying to enlist to be open and honest.
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