I have been speaking to an Army recruiter and I told him the truth about what happened. He said he "gets people like me all the time," and would be happy to work with me. That was a relief! Anyway, he said now that I have a college degree, I can get a waiver for my "discharge" and work on getting into the Army. Yes, this is what I really want to do. I can get an intelligence MOS like I had before, but this time, I'm going to work on becoming a Warrant Officer. My recruiter said I can enlist as a Specialist, and become a WO after some experience. That's the route I'll take. Warrant Officers get saluted just like any other officer in the military. My recruiter says there have been a few guys who tried the Marines, failed, and end up joining the Army instead. Some branches just aren't meant for everyone. If anyone wants to talk to me personally, just comment below for my FB page.
My guess is that the second recruiter will find out about the first one and the perceived "freak out" (the military probably has databases nowadays) and you'll be dismissed again (unless, perhaps, you'd be willing to settle for a much lesser role that doesn't require the same level of mental stability as military intelligence). Anyway, this latest story makes no mention or acknowledgment of your prior history on this website, such as the December 2012 question about trying and failing. Some continuity from one story to the next would be appreciated.
Update: Maybe the Army
My understanding from the questioner's latest update (April 1) and previous comments (e.g., Feb. 28) is that he has been seriously considering joining the Army instead of the Marines, and has now decided to do so (but hasn't actually done it yet), but still seeks feedback from others that might be helpful and/or stimulating for him in his decision process. My main response is that it's his decision, it sounds reasonable (mostly), and he should act on it if it's what he really wants to do in his life.
(I'm also aware that the April 1 date of the questioner's latest update has special meaning for many as a day to trick others into foolishly believing something outrageously false, to see how gullible they might be. I certainly hope that an April Fool's ruse was not what the questioner had in mind.)
Here are some additional observations.
If I get a second chance, I'm not gonna blow it. And when I make it, I'll let you know.
That's certainly good to hear. It is very likely that any rational observer would find it interesting and potentially of further value to see someone conscientiously striving to be rational and productive while diligently working to overcome significant obstacles. This is true even if the story is mostly fiction rather than fact (perhaps even more so in the case of fiction, given the value of art in human life).
Warrant Officers get saluted just like any other officer in the military.
In other words, the questioner wants people to "salute" him, like someone who seeks power and control over others. An Objectivist perspective, in my understanding, would place primary emphasis on learning the skills of s Specialist and acquiring substantial experience as a specialist before expecting to move into a leadership position for others as a Warrant Officer -- and the questioner certainly seems to acknowledge this process. I wonder, though, what the questioner will do if or when his superiors in the Army decide that he needs a longer time and greater experience as a specialist than he may be expecting.
For what it's worth, that's my "two cents." But the decision (i.e., action) rests with the questioner. It's his life to sort out.
This forum is not necesarily a good forum for this kind of personal advice question. Those of us who post answers here are not able to give out good advice on such personal issues because we do not know you well enough (not to mention the fact that we are not professionally trained in such matters).
However, I want you to know that I at least hope the best for you. The story you tell is one example of why lying is not in your self interest--it always ends up hurting you in the end. Whether you are able to reinlist or not, committing to honesty will be a great benefit to your life.
answered Aug 13 '15 at 16:45