Does a Felony as a Minor Prevent You From Joining the Army?

by Neil Kokemuller

The U.S. Army has strict moral standards for enlistees. When you apply for enlistment, you have to indicate any convictions. The Army also conducts a thorough criminal background check. A felony conviction, whether you get it as a juvenile or adult, means you must complete a moral waiver to request the right to join.

Waiver Request

Two or more felony convictions eliminate your waiver rights, but with just one conviction, your recruiter can submit your waiver request to the Army recruiting command. As part of its review of your request, the recruiting command officer must conduct a more thorough investigation of your crime, including interviewing you and gathering information from counselors or others familiar with your situation.

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