I have been selected for an Air Traffic Control Specialist position and I am filling out my paperwork. (Below) This is from the Employment Agreement and not the actual background check, not sure how I should answer.
Here is my predicament in "short":
I received my email with all the forms I need to fill out, one being the Employment Agreement. On this form it has a section stating that the clearance process takes 45-60 days and certain occurences could cause it to take longer such as: (verbatim)
-being fired from employment or removed for cause
-any history of involvement with illegal drugs (buying, selling, recreational use, abuse)
-discharge from the military under other than an honorable discharge (i.e., general or dishonorable)
-discharge from the military for reasons associated with health status
Then at the end it of the form it asks you to check one of the following boxes:
-I am not aware of any situations in my background that should delay or prevent my employment with the FAA as an Air Traffic Controller Specialist.
-I understand that situations in my background require further evaluation and will delay the processing of my application.
Now my situation, I ran with a "rough crowd" when I was younger (15 or 16), got pulled over with a buddy of mine and we went down to juvi for possesion. Technically we were arrested, but no conviction and was even able to have it removed from my record all together because it was not mine (for real) and it was such a small amount. So how do I answer the above question? Is this something I even need to worry about showing up? Technically I was "involved" and "arrested" but never anything came of it. I have since been employed in the airline industry with a job requiring FAA security clearance and nothing came up.
I want to check the "I am aware" box, but don't know if this will show up and I don't want to draw attention to something that doesn't need it. If I mark yes, is this past "involvement" with marijuana a disqualifier? My step-mom is a retired controller who says zero tolerance, but I think she is thinking about once I am on the job.
Also note that the actual background check form states to list any criminal offenses in the past 7 years (it doesn't say that is all it checks, but it leads one to believe they won't look further).
Sorry for the lenghty thread!