I joined the Army right out of high school since it's what I always wanted to do and is kind of a family tradition. Got through basic and airborne school and was stationed in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Shortly after being stationed there we were deployed to Iraq in 2011 for about 7 months. The rest of my time in service was spent state side. I was sent to the board about 1 year away from my ets date, passed, and was set to be promoted to E-5. Me and some guys went out to celebrate that weekend and I ended up getting really drunk and unfortunately smoking pot and getting popped on a random UA and recieving a field grade article 15 and being chaptered out with a General under honorable conditions for misconduct and received a RE4 reenlistment code in December of 2013. I went my entire service without even a negative counseling statement until this point and received my good conduct medal for 3 years service with good behavior.
This December will be 4 years since I was chaptered out of the military. Since that time I have not had a drink of alcohol or smoked pot since I see them as the tools I used to ruin my life. I still to this day I feel that I let my fellow soldiers down and owe a debt to this country and to my family name that I cannot pay since I can't reenlist. After being discharged I've had no trouble finding employment in the civilian world and even have my commercial driver license which requires fairly regular UA's. Even though I've had no trouble finding employment I still feel empty. I miss the environment and the guys I served with in the Army.
With all that being said, my question is about the likelihood of finding employment with a private contracting company. Being able to reenlist is pretty much out of the question based on the information I've read that is available. I'm wondering what I can expect if applying with a private contracting company? Will they even consider me? Is it a guarenteed no, or is there a chance that they will consider my application?