You may join the USMC if you only have one non serious felony with a waiver, if you can manage to get one from someone who is more derserving of the waiver. (Only a certain number of waivers are granted each year)
As with the other services, the United States Marine Corps and United States Navy screen applicants for "moral qualifications" (criminal history). This is done:
a. To prevent enlistment of persons whose social habits, such as theft, arson, resistance to authority, etc., are a threat to unit moral and cohesiveness.
b. To screen out persons who would likely become serious disciplinary problems in the Navy and Marine Corps, and who would consequently divert resources from the performance of military missions.
c. To ensure enlistees and their parents that the enlistee will not be thrown into close association with criminals.
Applicants with no criminal convictions, fines, or periods of restraint are morally eligible for enlistment. However, the voluntary disclosure, or recruiter discovery, of any form of police/criminal involvement by an applicant may require waiver of the moral disqualification.
It's important to note here that federal law requires applicants to divulge ALL criminal history on recruiting applications, including expunged, sealed, or juvenile records. Additionally, in most states, such records are accessible to military investigators, regardless of what you have heard to the contrary.
The process begins with an interview by the Recruiter, asking the applicant about any records of arrest, charges, juvenile court adjudications, traffic violations, probation periods, dismissed or pending charges or convictions, including those which have been expunged or sealed. Providing false information, or withholding required information is a federal offense, and individuals may be tried by Federal, civilian, or Military Court.
If the applicant admits to an offense, or the recruiter has reason to believe the applicant is concealing an offense, or a record is indicated during the Entrance National Agency Check (ENAC), then the recruiter will request a complete criminal record from local law enforcement agencies.
Some offenses can be waived, and others cannot. Different offenses require waiver approval at different levels in the recruiting chain-of-command.
It's important to note that applicants who require a waiver ARE NOT qualified for enlistment, unless/until a waiver is approved. The burden is on the applicant to prove to waiver authorities that they have overcome their disqualifications for enlistment, and that their acceptance would be in the best interests of the Military. Waiver authorities will consider the "whole person" concept when considering waiver applications.
In general, waivers are required for:
Five to Nine minor traffic offenses.
Two to five more serious traffic offenses.
Two or more Class 1 minor non-traffic offenses.
Two to Nine Class 2 minor non-traffic offenses.
Two to five serious offenses.
Individuals with ten or more minor traffic offenses, six or more serious traffic offenses, ten or more Class 2 minor non-traffic offenses, six or more serious non-traffic offenses, or more than one felony are not eligible for a waiver.
Just a note, this was a copypasta. (Tons easier to put this into someone else's more articulate words) And, I'm sure this guy copypasta'd from someone else! lol. Pretty much though... If you're a good person, who made some dumb mistakes in the past... talk to a recruiter, let him see what kind of person you really are. If you're a good guy/girl, he'll see it, and work toward getting you waivers, or be up front and honest with out about your ineligibility. But remember, the armed forces are completely a volunteer force, and you're not going to get in in lieu of serving time in jail, or getting off of probation. Clean yourself up, live an honest life, and then give the Marines your best shot, Ooh rah?
When I first thought about joining the military, I thought I wanted to be a soldier in the Army. I did alot of research on requirements, pay, deployment, how many years of service I'd be contracted to, etc. I even talked to an Army recruiter about joining. It was kind of by mistake that I actually made the change to the Marines. I was browsing around military.com (a great site to visit if you're thinking about joinng the armed forces) and whilst I was nosing around, and creating an account I was asked what other services I was looking into joining. Without putting much thought into it at the time, I checked the box for the Marine Corps, and Lo and Behold a couple days later Staff Sargeant Long was calling me up on the phone asking me about my interest in the USMC. I was living in California at the time, but was planning on returning to North Carolina soon, so I agreed to meet with him and talk about joining when I got back to the Queen City (Charlotte, NC).
So what made me decide to join the military in the first place? Well, one day I just was sitting at home, on my mother's couch thinking "what the hell am I doing with myself, where do I want to go, and what do I want to be?" I'm a 23 year old kid who's got nothing going for him right now. I'm stuck at a dead-end job, relying on my parents to take care of me, and partying it up all the time. I realized I needed to inject some discipline, and responsibility into me life, and I needed it soon. I'm of the personality type that I ain't gonna get something done unless it's an absolute necessity and someones pushing me to do it.
What better place to get those important life skills than in the military?
So, the Marine Corps... "Thats pretty hardcore T.J." you might think. Well, if you're going to do something, why not be the best? Why not go for the biggest challenge? I made this desicion thinking "I'm not doing this just for money, or for a girl, or for anyone else... Which branch is going to seriously toughen me up, and give me the best training on how to survive, and how to have pride in myself, and how to have pride in the branch I'm in? From that perspective it was a no-brainer... the Marine Corps was for me.
After that part of the desicion was done I went into research mode, finding out everything I could about the Corps. I visited countless websites, and watched a hundred youtube videos, and even talked to a couple marines. The more I learned about them, the more I knew I made the right choice. There's tons of benefits the Marines enjoy, but I wont get into the details of that right now.
If you have specific questions about the USMC, lemme know!
What is up viewers. This is my first post of my new blog about my decision to enlist in the United States Marine Corps. I plan to post about my whole experience from my decision to join, talking to the recruiter, enlisting, being a poolee, until I finally ship off to boot camp, and beyond. Thanks for joining me on this journey! I hope young marine/military wannabes can gain some knowledge from my experience.
Any questions? Leave a comment or send me an e-mail and I'll get to answering as soon as possible!