Criminal History Waivers for Joining the Military


Waiver Of Approval For Military Active Duty Services For People With A Criminal History

Waiver approval is dependent on several factors. One of the factors is how badly that particular military service needs your particular warm body at this particular point in time.

Two of the active duty services are currently overmanned (i.e., they have more people on active duty than Congress says they can have). Those two active duty services are the Air Force and the Navy. Because of this, both services currently get more applicants for enlistment than they are allowed to take. So,they get to “pick and choose” and only take the *most qualified.*

Too put it bluntly, the Navy (and Air Force) currently have thousands of more applicants each year than they are allowed to accept. Your application requires a criminal history waiver (even if not convicted, you were arrested/charged). Hundreds of other qualified applicants don’t require such a waiver. Who do you think the Navy is going to choose?

I should mention here that when it comes to waivers, the military services don’t much care whether or not it resulted in a conviction. They don’t care whether charges were dropped due to some technicality, or due to someone refusing to press charges. They care more about whether or not you actually committed the offense alleged, and not whether you were charged or not due to a legal loophole.

By your own admission, you did commit these two offenses. You were in possession of cocaine, but got out of it because the cop made a “booboo” during the arrest. You committed the offense of domestic battery, but got out of it because your wife refused to press charges. From the military’s point of view, you committed these two offenses. Waivers for the Air Force or Navy are both unlikely.

The Army and Marines are having a harder time recruiting than the Navy and Air Force. While there are no promises, these two services are your best bet.

First of all, the fact that they committed a criminal offense will likely require a waiver. Because you use the term “soldier,” I assume you’re talking about the Army? (Each service has different standards).

“Probation” is considered (by the Army) to be a “civil restraint,” because it limits a person’s ability to do certain things and/or travel to certain areas without permission. The Army regulation requires at least a 30 day waiting period, following removal from probation before a waiver request can even be processed.

Chances of getting a waiver for the active duty Air Force or active duty Coast Guard are slim. The Air Force is reducing in size, so they aren’t granting that many waivers (they have a waiting list for those who want to join, so they don’t need to approve very many waivers), and one of the Coast Guard’s responsibilities is drug enforcement (as you know), so they rarely waiver drug offenses.

If he gets probation, (in most cases), he won’t be allowed to join any of the services until his probation is over. There are some exceptions to this.

His chances of getting a waiver (assuming no other offenses) differ, based on the services, and what their current recruiting needs are. In order (easiest to hardest), it would probably be:
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  1. gmpg66 says:

    the guy on the left with the blue t-shirt at 1:28 ought to keep working at Merrill Lynch

  2. TheJake1005 says:

    When I whent their for JCLC, at the Rappeling tower, they tell you that the stairs are broke, and for some reason you can only go up the stairs, and not down em.

  3. TheJake1005 says:

    @gusisyodaddy That is week man. Thats what pisses me off about the Army, and Liberals.

  4. gusisyodaddy says:

    haha my dad told me that he had to stand on some footprints when he got there.

  5. gusisyodaddy says:

    @YaarZePirate umm Marine boot camp is like 4 weeks longer. I heard in Army boot camp you can now raise a red card if the drill instructor is stressing you out.

  6. BRANDON85L says:

    Im suprised drill sergents can hear anything

  7. RedNeckBoy378 says:

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  8. s1cksk1lz says:

    the only shit i would be scared of is the ropees im scared of height’s lmao.

  9. scottisacow says:

    @f0rsak3n123 Ranger training is some tough stuff.

  10. Hubi1970 says:

    @f0rsak3n123 I know what I’m talking about. I serve 7 years in military and did more than one exercise with the marines !!!!

  11. shadddey5 says:

    @thiz1ogee I don’t really consider the Army “pussie” and I think you meant “pussies” and if you’re going to insult one of the best branches of the Military do it right, it’s “Aren’t ready for Marines yet”. All of the branches I.E. the Marine Corps and Army are doing the same thing, fighting for your freedom to sit there and act like a complete fool on the internet.

  12. thiz1ogee says:

    @YaarZePirate army are pussie the definition for army is aren’t really marines yet

  13. EricWilke1141987 says:

    @f0rsak3n123 Well I have A LOT of respect for the people who are willing to put their bodies through all that. So respect to you sir.

  14. YaarZePirate says:

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  15. sup5000 says:

    the black guy sounds like xzibit.

  16. chardsnake says:

    @f0rsak3n123 it would be an honor to have the uniform and title of a United States Marine

  17. f0rsak3n123 says:

    @chardsnake well they are more effective with their gear, considering they are trained with that gear. The Marine Corps is a big step. good luck to you man, when you eventually join, i hope you do.

  18. chardsnake says:

    @f0rsak3n123 well i mean in scenarios of fire fights when the enemy has fire arms. i dont think any one is weak if they are in the military, i probably used the wrong term, but i would think that a unit would be a little more effective if they had their equipment. i want to become a marine myself when i come of age. thats a while from now though since im only 13. i just hope i have the determination and the ball to become one.

  19. f0rsak3n123 says:

    @chardsnake that’s far from true my friend. we are actually trained to fight wars with our fists. guns are just a lot qucker. the marines and the Rangers both have weeks of hand-to-hand combat training. don’t tell me i’m weak until you try to go through Ranger training and then we’ll see who’s weak.

  20. f0rsak3n123 says:

    @Hubi1970 go and try to fight a marine and then tell me how it goes over. I didn’t go through 65 days of hell in Ranger training to listen to some bitch that thinks he’s better than me tell me i’m weak. you have no idea until you actually go into the military.

  21. f0rsak3n123 says:

    the marines are pretty bad ass, but i gotta say Ranger training was definately harder. and i don’t even want to think about SEAL training.

  22. Plekky08 says:

    @MarineCorpsMan1775 Is it progressive like The Royal Marine Commando course, it gets harder as it goes along?

  23. straightup920 says:

    1:44 party pooper

  24. MarineCorpsMan1775 says:

    This was the easy stuff.

  25. iluuvnj says:

    no one diss the Marines, they are the best of the best, the elite!
    I love you Kyle, come home safe cuz

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