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.
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