Good evening and thank you for the question.
First off, I am very sorry that you and your son are going through such a tough situation.
Is this disqualification based on the ADD, or the fact that he withheld that info? Also, is it a permanent disqualification, or can he try again? It is likely based on the fact that he has ADD and that may prevent him from being eligible for the MOS that he was slated for. Alternatively, the recruiting station may have rejected his application based on the original misinformation. He should ask his recruiter exactly why he was dq'd. He should give him that info, but there is no requirement that he does. Just like if someone applied for a job at the post office and did not get it - there is no requirement for the USPS to tell him why, but they might if the person asks.
Also, is it a permanent disqualification, or can he try again? He could go to a different recruiter / branch and start the process over. If he is asked if he ever applied previously, he should just explain the situation and that the recruiter poorly advised him to withhold information. It is highly probable that if he applies to another branch (other than Navy or USMC), then they will have no record of him, and he could apply properly with full disclosure of his ADD from the start.
Would he be facing any legal ramifications at this time?Since he never became a recruit or sailor, he is not subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). Therefore, he cannot be court -martialed or anything like that. If he had maintained the original lie, became a sailor, and then it was discovered that he lied on his application, they would probably just kick him out with an Other than Honorable Discharge (which can have significant ramifications in the civilian world), therefore it is good that he came clean prior to that.
What happens to a recruiter who advises a recruit to withhold information? You can file a complaint with the Inspector General by clicking here
. This will likely result in an investigation. However, recruiters are unfortunately known to do this so much so there is no guarantee that anything will come from it.
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