Update: The USMC still says "no", but the Navy is willing to forgive. My USMC OSO said there weren't any hard feelings and he would help with the change as much of the USMC and USN application process is the same. Fly Navy!
I would think it would be an option. Ask your OSO. Basically there is the MEPS medical portion of the waiver where they have to certify that smoking didn't irreparably damage your lungs, rendering you unable to run or something like that. Then there is the much trickier moral aspect of the waiver where you have to write a short essay saying how many times you used, when, if you were arrested. Then you need to go on to say that you know drugs are unhealthy, illegal and immoral, that you would never use them again and that you are very sorry. Then explain that, even though you've made mistakes, you would still make a good leader and role model and should be considered for a commission. Then just hope. That is pretty much how the process has been for me.Is applying for a waiver an option? That's what I'm trying to figure out. And, if so, how do I go about applying for it?
The funny thing is I was so opposed to drugs in high school, when a whole bunch of people were doing them. I had friends who were hardcore straightedge and would beat up kids for doing drugs. I considered myself so morally superior. Now I know how that judgment feels. Ah poetic justice, you cut me deep.I have some gouge about drugs... just say no! Then you wouldn't need a waiver.