Aim High

Maybe the US Air Force should change its motto back to “Aim High.”

When I joined the Army back in 1986 and was preparing to go to the military entrance processing station (MEPS) for a comprehensive physical, all of us potential cadets were given some advice by the cadre. We were told, “They are going to ask you, ‘When was the last time you smoked marijuana?’. The correct answer to that question is, ‘never'”.   That was just fine with me; I never had.

Maybe they haven’t changed their motto. The “Aim High” verbiage is clearly present on their current recruiting/informational app. Screenshot from the official US Air Force website

According to the website Criminal Defense Lawyer,

“On a federal level, all marijuana remains illegal. The federal government classifies marijuana, along with heroin and cocaine, as a Schedule I drug with a high potential for abuse and little to no medical benefit.”

With this in mind, all but 11 states have made the use of marijuana legal for medicinal or recreational use. Yet, even in a liberal White House, I’m reminded of how five staffers were reportedly fired for their past use of the herb.

If you were curious, states keeping marijuana illegal are:

  • Texas
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming
  • Tennessee
  • South Carolina
  • North Carolina
  • Nebraska
  • Kentucky
  • Kansas
  • Indiana
  • Idaho

Both the US Air Force and Space Force are considering overlooking the use of this schedule 1 drug as a bar to enlistment. According to the Clearance Jobs website, the Commander of the Air Force recruiting service at Joint (no pun intended) Base San Antonio-Randolph, Major General Edward W. Thomas Jr, has said it has become necessary to consider giving waivers to recruits testing positive for THC, the active ingredient in marijuana responsible for making one high before they receive their initial training. He told the Air Force Times,

“If applicants test positive for THC when they go to the MEPS (Military Entrance Processing Station), they’re permanently barred from entering the Air Force or the Space Force. But as more states legalize cannabis, there is an increased prevalence of THC-positive applicants. We have to be realistic today. We need to exercise common sense.”