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  • You would think no, but it seems that yes, sometimes they do. In February 2006 , Salon.com reported: “Facing an enlistment crisis, the Army is granting "waivers" to an increasingly high percentage of recruits with criminal records -- and trying to hide it... Through the use of a little-known, but increasingly important, escape clause known as a waiver. Waivers, which are generally approved at the Pentagon, allow recruiters to sign up men and women who otherwise would be ineligible for service because of legal convictions, medical problems or other reasons preventing them from meeting minimum standards... According to statistics provided to Salon by the office of the assistant secretary of defense for public affairs, the Army said that 17 percent (21,880 new soldiers) of its 2005 recruits were admitted under waivers. Put another way, more soldiers than are in an entire infantry division entered the Army in 2005 without meeting normal standards. This use of waivers represents a 42 percent increase since the pre-Iraq year of 2000”.
  • Reminds me of the 'Dirty Dozen' movie - although in that movie I think the crimes they committed were while in uniform (and they were facing court martial). I know this does not answer the question, just thought it would be an interesting side note.
  • To find out if you can qualify for the military with a felony on your record contact your local recruiter to find out if you are eligible. Be honest with your recruiter and he will be honest with you. Just because you go see your recruiter doesn't mean you have enlisted. You have to go to MEPS to enlist.
  • Most likely no, but it depends what service you want to join and what you did.
  • The answer is Yes under certain conditions. That applies to a lot of countries
  • I think it depends on how bad they need recruits. In the past the military has used recruits that had less than sterling reputations.(Paris Island)I suspect they would use convicted felons before any son or daughter of a US congressman/woman went to war.
  • I think the French Foreign Legion have a no questions asked policy. I remember talking to a legionaire in Paris. (We called him Tony the killer!) He was on leave, and he told me they take a lot of guys who are on the run, and if you're not a criminal before you join, you sure as hell have a good chance of being one once you do!!!! He was wanted for war crimes in Croatia!
  • Yes, they do. As mentioned before "only under certain conditions". And why would'nt they accept them? the more soldiers they recruit the better, they dont really care as long as someone is fighting the battle that is all that matters to them.
  • If you mean the U.S. military, hell yes. They'll accept anything with a pulse they are so desperate. Personally I'd rather serve jail time than be a bullet-catcher in Iraq, but tastes vary I suppose.
  • It depends on... 1) Which branch are you joining? 2) How undermanned is that branch at the time? 3) Do you have any special qualifications (e.g. - an ASVAB score over 95)?
  • Yes, it's happened often in past wars. In fact, one thing the government does before a war is to rewrite laws to criminalize previously normal behavior, then have the police micromanage the population to arrest as many folks as possible and put them in jails (holding tanks) until the war gets more roused up, at which time they can send them all to fight.
  • no i don't think so.
  • the answer to that question is no....The US Military service does not accept FELONS. nowadays you even have to get a waiver for unpaid parking tickets. Some misdemeanors will also disqualify you for enlistment. But to the point..the answer is no.
  • I think depending on the type of conviction, and the position or branch your going for you can in some instances I guess it might also depend on the recruiter
  • Only the U.S. Army & Marines Will accept persons with "certain" felony backgrounds but the individual cannot have but one felony and it cannot be for serious drug offenses, murder, rape, kidnapping and the like...more than that is a disqualifier.
  • Well, do you have a B.S. or better too?! They'd make you an officer! ;-)
  • No, I received a misdemeanor and they didn't entirely like it, though I was still a candidate. But did not accept as I'm not interested in it.
  • I GUESS AFTER READING SOME OF YOUR RESPONSES I WOULD ASSUME THAT YOU ARE PERFECT HUMAN BEINGS,I FIND THAT AMAZING CONSIDERING MOST OF US ARE NOT!I WAS ENQUIRING ON BEHALF OF MY BOYFRIEND WHO HAS MADE A MISTAKE IN HIS PAST BUT IS TRYING VERY HARD TO MAKE IT RIGHT.I THINK IT'S CRAZY THAT WE WOULD GIVE A CHILD MOLESTER ANOTHER CHANCE IN AMERICA BUT NOT A GUY WHO FULLY UNDERSTAND'S HE WAS WRONG AND WOULD LIKE A CHANCE TO PROVE IT.I TRULY HOPE THOSE OF YOU WHO THINK HE IS NOW A WASTE OF SPACE WILL CONSIDER THAT HE JUST REALLY DID USE BAD JUDGEMENT AND WOULDN'T THE MILITARY BE AN IDEAL PLACE TO MAKE THAT KIND OF CORRECTION?ANYHOW WE ARE GOING TO LOOK INTO IT AND I THANK YOU FOR TOUR RESPONSE.
  • I got busted at the US/MEX border for illegally importing Cocaine; I was a "mule." Will they consider this a serious offense that makes me not eligible for entry into the Army National Guard? I have 16 years of prior service (honorably). Need to get four more years to retire. Any ideas?
  • No. They were getting pretty desperate for recruits before this economic debacle, and they were discussing removing a lot of requirements like HS certificates, no tattoos, but now I believe they are doing better to meet their quotas because so many young people need work and are turning to a stint in the military. But you never know. Go down and see a recruiter. A friend of mine went down to one during the Viet Nam war and he had a couple of things on his record and the recruiter was so aggressive, he made phone calls and worked on it for a month and got a judge to agree to reduce the convictions on the condition that he join the Army, which he did. They sent his ass straight to Nam and he came back in a bag. Good luck.
  • No, according to the recruiter I spoke to at college.
  • For more recent info.. It looks like today, more and more felons are being accepted.. Check out the link.. http://www.palmcenter.org/press/dadt/releases/military_enlistment_of_felons_has_doubled
  • Unfortunately= yes. Defense Department statistics show that the number of Army and Marine recruits needing waivers for felonies and serious misdemeanors, including minor drug offenses, has grown since 2003. Some recruits may get more than one waiver. http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/02/14/national/main2474041.shtml After fort Hood, I'm not surprised.
  • Nope. Felons aren't allowed near guns. It's the Law. See: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Convicted_felons_gun_rights
  • They Recruit in prisons
  • Let me remind you all that the Green Berets was first started by brig rats, and see what they have become today. There is redemption for people who try to better themselves, so I will show them the door and all they have to do is step through it.
  • the french foreign legion does

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