The Air Force is getting ready to recruit a few good stoners. In the midst of a sweeping relaxation of its recruitmentment standards, the branch of the U.S. Armed Forces is giving potential Gooses and Mavericks a free pass on prior marijuana use, according to Military.com.
Previously, a standard question for recruits was how many times they had smoked weed (Air Force personnel quoted used the term “smoke,” so maybe those who preferred to ingest edibles and vaporize already got a free pass?). For some recruiters, five smoke seshes was considered too many for enrollment. For other, more liberally-minded ones, the limit was fifteen.
But, given how many states have legalized medical and recreational marijuana in recent years, the Air Force top brass began to rethink its attitudes on prior cannabis use. “What we decided to do is stop asking [about] prior marijuana use at the recruiter level,” said Lt. Gen. Gina Grosso, deputy chief of staff for Air Force manpower, personnel and services. “First of all, who really counts how many times they’ve used marijuana? So that just comes off the table.”
But that doesn’t exactly mean that the nation’s aerial military is embracing the ganja with open arms. Previous crimes involving cannabis or any other controlled substance will still block you from entering the highway to the danger zone. And, of course, using the weed while in the Air Force is still a no-no. “We do not have any waivers for that,” Grosso said.
Furthermore, any evidence of a weed addiction (whatever that means) or other substance abuse problem is grounds for disqualification. The use of marijuana by medical marijuana patients in the service is still off the table as well. “Any condition that would require prescription of medical marijuana would probably be a disqualifying condition to begin with,” said Lt. Gen (Dr.) Mark Ediger, the Air Force’s surgeon general.
While loosening its limits on pot use, the Air Force is also giving additional medical waivers on a case-by-case basis to potential recruits with eczema, asthma and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD. The organization also announced last week that it will no longer limit the size of air personnel’s tattoos, so all you tattoo-covered dabaholic freaks out there now know where you should look for a job.