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Question about Drug Testing
Last Post 07 Apr 2020 05:16 AM by Old Guard2. 5 Replies.
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02 Apr 2020 10:37 AM
    Hey I'm 18 and joining the CG this May... I currently vape on/off, and I know that I won't be able to in basic training. Since the federal smoking age was raised to 21, I was wondering if there is any exemption for active duty military. Anyways, if all else fails, I was curious if the random Drug Tests detect nicotine/cotinine. I want to continue using, but I also don't want to ruin this. Thanks.
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    02 Apr 2020 04:25 PM
    You're not exempt from the minimum smoking age. In fact, you are subject to even more rules and regs via UCMJ. To answer your last question, quit. You won't be able to vape/smoke in boot camp nor will you be able to you after you get to your first unit. You're underage. As dumb as it sounds, you could torpedo your coast guard career over this. No the drug test won't detect nicotine/cotinine.
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    02 Apr 2020 07:33 PM
    What's more important to you? Keeping your habit or beginning a new career?
    "When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him."-Jonathan Swift
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    06 Apr 2020 02:17 PM
    Thank you... I don't want to jeopardize my career, so that being said, I will quit. The last part, however, confused me. If the urine tests do not detect any type of tobacco/nicotine use, then how can they tell if you use outside of work?
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    06 Apr 2020 02:23 PM
    Smoking outside of work even if no one knows goes against the Coast Guard core values. The Coast Guard is a federal law enforcement agency which enforces federal law, it does not reflect well on you to break federal law as a member of this organization.
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    07 Apr 2020 05:16 AM
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    The core values of the CG "Respect - Honor - Devotion to Duty". There is no respect of the law if you continue to do it knowing it is illegal. There is no honor in lying. The measure of a man is judged on what he does when no one is looking.
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