Now, I'm sure this is a topic that has been discussed since the dawn of time. I've wanted to serve in the military(typically the national guard) ever since I started college. Here I am, a few months from graduation and I'm still determined to join. But there are some things I here about MEPS that make me nervous. I expect them to ask questions about my health, history of drug use if any, arrests, etc. Here's my dilemma. At the age of 17, I was arrested for possession of marijuana. The possession was minor(very little amount) but here's the thing, though I was cuffed and brought back to the station, I was never summonsed to appear in court. In fact, I was never finger printed nor was I photographed. I wasn't even issued a fine. I haven't touched marijuana since I was 17 and I'm 22 now. I've talked to many soldiers from different branches and most of them told me to lie. Even my recruiter told me to lie(specifically about the arrest and previous drug use.)I guess my real concern is "where will the truth get me at MEPS?" I've heard things like "MEPS is only out to fail you" or even "Tell the truth at MEPS and you will be disqualified. Lie and they find out, you will be disqualified." Hearing things like that scares me. We all were young once. Many of us have done stupid things but, aside from that arrest and few uses at that age, I don't see why I shouldn't make the cut. As far as drug testing goes, I haven't smoked in years so I'd test negative. I'm healthy with no preexisting medical conditions of any sort. To get to the bottom line. Will telling MEPS this incident severely hurt my chances of joining? I rather tell them the truth than lie and have them find out. It's just I keep hearing all these opinions from soldiers who are serving, to lie. If I had to survey it, 1 out of 10 soldiers I've spoken to has told me to lie about both the arrest and the use altogether as if it never happened. I would never want to give false information when joining the military, it's just hearing from others that the truth will only get me so far at MEPS is what concerns me. Opinions please?