hello. i am very keen on joining the navy but am worried that giving a urine sample at my medical will prevent me from being accepted. I dabbled in some soft drugs when i was a teenager 7 years ago.
could anybody offer me any advice?
It may well be a wind-up, however it would be naive in the extreme to imagine that only one person has a query regarding the RN drugs policy given that the vast majority of eligible joiners have tried illegal drugs at some stage of their life - whether they care to admit it or otherwise.
We don't reject individuals who are honest, merely those who have certain convictions or those that have an attitude to drugs which is incompatible with service life.
In my yoof the main worry of the authorities was tobacco. :roll:
I used to a prefect and patrol the bike shed looking for the familiar offenders. As I was opposed to caning, the punishment for smokers, I used to invite them to donate 50p to my weekly beer fund in return for me turning a blind eye, and every Thursday have a half pint with a number of other Praes.
Of course in THOSE days (the 1970s) police corruption was rife, so I was just following their grown-up example. :roll: :twisted:
I dabbled in heterosexuality when I was younger, but luckily grew out of it before I became addicted. :biggrin: As I haven't experimented with it for over 30 years, would I be eligible to join up? :roll:
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