hiding a pet rat
this is my first post. yes, i'm a n00b. i have never even owned a rat (a hamster once...). but, i come to y'all for sagely advice.
i'm active duty military, living in the barracks by myself, four lockable wall lockers that aren't searchable when they're locked. i really, really want to get a pet rat, as i've heard they make great companions.
so, if i get one, keep its cage locked in a wall locker while i'm not there, and didn't do anything stupid like let it get loose or blab to everyone, is it feasable to get away with owning a rat? pretend that i have common sense, and will remember to change the litter to avoid smells, get a close confidant to take care of it if something comes up, etc...
any advice or stories would be much appreciated.