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Can I rejoin the Army with a hot urine analysis?

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Specifics: I got out of the military with an honorable discharge and my re-entery code is 1. But close to getting out I was given an article 15 company grade for a hot UA. I went into the reserves afterwards and haven’t done anything wrong. There was a screw up with my reenlistment at the unit. Now I might have to go back to meps could a problem arise with a background check?

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Usually, company grade a article 15 is filed at the unit and destroyed with the Soldier separates.  If you were an E-4 or below odds are it might not be in your records.  If you were an E-5 or above it could be in your official records.  Usually as long as you tell the truth Articles 15’s are not held against you for the sake of a security clearance. They tend to take into account the offense, and all circumstances pertaining to the offense prior to making a background determination.

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Mark is a Retired Command Sergeant Major with 26 years of military leadership experience. He held 3 military occupational specialties (Field Artillery, Nuclear Weapons Tech, and Ammunition Ordnance). Mark is one of the leading military authors in the fields of leadership, counseling, and training.

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