Does the National Guard Take an Enlistee With a Past Felony?

by Susan Echaore-McDavid

The National Guard requires recruits to meet moral character standards to ensure that they won't present security risks or disciplinary problems. The organization conducts a background investigation on every applicant, which includes checking for a criminal record. Applicants who have been convicted of felonies likely won't be able to enlist in the National Guard. A felony is a serious crime, such as burglary, robbery, rape or murder.

Moral Waiver Request

The National Guard allows applicants with felony charges to request a waiver in order to enlist. This involves providing the National Guard with information about the applicants' crimes and lives back in society after completing a prison sentence. Applicants must also submit letters of recommendation from law enforcement officers and other community members who can vouch for their character. Upon reviewing all the information, the National Guard will determine whether applicants are suitable for enlistment.

About the Author

Susan Echaore-McDavid is a freelance writer. She has authored career books in law enforcement, law, aviation, science, forensics, transportation, engineering, and education, among other areas. She has also written and edited educational materials for adult and adolescent audiences with reading, learning and language needs. She currently maintains two personal blogs.

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