Hello all, I am brand new on here because as much info that is out there on the internet, it is still hard to find factual updated information on the coast guard. I set this account up because my son who is now 16, a junior in high school and is interested in the coast guard. I was active duty army (MP) from 97-01. Seems like things have changed since then.
When I went through meps my recruiter absolutely drilled into my head that every single solitary question they will ask you is NO. I had nothing serious, just a couple previous broken bones from childhood injuries, but still the answer is NO NO NO to everything they ask (including broken bones). Everyone I chatted with at meps and if the topic got brought up in the army, said other recruiters said the same thing. I imagine something like a seizure disorder or asthma would be obvious but they were talking about things they wouldn't know unless you told them.
Now about my son and possible concerns:
My son was diagnosed with ADHD in the second grade. He took vivanse up until his freshman year and decided he did not want to be on it anymore because he didn't like the way he felt on it. So currently, he has been off for around a year and a half functioning fine. We are in Texas and football is a way of life down here. Playing, he has broken a finger once and received 2 concussions. Went through the whole concussion process, met with a concussion specialist and was cleared both times. I was wondering if these are possible disqualifies.
Also, I was curious about marijuana experimenting. Back in 96 I admitted to smoking pot in high school but I was told it was ok and was still allowed to be an MP and qualified for a secret security clearance. Is the coast guard stricter on drug usage?
Thank you all. Anything helps