I want the discipline the military has the ability to provide. I want to serve my country. And I want to be trained in the job area of my choosing (aviation or medicine, probably). I'm 20, have the ability to pass all the physical tests with ease, and scored a 90 on the mini-AFQT that they allow you to take at recruiter offices. I've met with a couple recruiters (navy, army, marines) and mulled over this decision for a few weeks very thoroughly, and touched on the idea for the past 3 or so years. My first choice was the easy force, but they won't accept me because of previous drug use , which is completely understandable. I used to want to join the Corps, and not to bash on them by any means, but realized I could probably use my noggin to a much greater extent in the Army or Navy. Even after a lot of research I am having a difficult time figuring out what interests me more, the Army or Navy. I figured I'd provide a little background, then ask my questions. I have a history of drug use, but I have been clean for a couple months now. My recruiter at the Navy told me to NOT SAY ANYTHING about this (because it's not in police records or anything), and that it probably wouldn't ever come up unless I brought it up. Isn't this heading straight into a good chance that I'd eventually get dishonorable discharge? I am after all providing misleading information or withholding information? I have two misdemeanors (shoplifting) that fall under the Class 2 non-traffic violations, and two is the magic number where you start to need a criminal history waiver. How hard are these to obtain? Needless to say, I really want to enlist. The only other disqualifier I have for enlisting besides my ex-drug use and my two misdemeanors is my terrible vision. I have to wear my contacts or glasses or I'm fucked. How significant of an impact is this on enlistment? I believe it's a much more serious impact on the aviation programs than just general enlistment. Most importantly, how difficult is it to get into an aviation program, or to become a pilot of some type? From what I've gathered, particularly in this forum, is that I shouldn't even try because it's so competitive, and thats for people with spotless backgrounds which I don't possess. I think I read through one of the job pages and saw that any drug use history completely excludes you from ever becoming a pilot. I guess I can't say I blame folks. What about in a medical field, like a nurse/doctor/medic? Sorry for the long post.