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I have bad credit from trying to run my own business ans failing miserably during the 2008 downturn. I also had a problem filing taxes for one year and havent resolved it yet. Will this keep me out?

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MSG Glenn
Joined: 08/31/2010
It Could Be

Although bad credit in itsrlf isn't a bar to enlistment it's a bar to getting a security clearance in some cases. If you want an MOS in Intel or Commo you might be turned down. The thinking is that a person who owes a lot of money is more subject to a bribe to reveal military secrets. I think $10,000 of debt is the magic figure.

If you are under any legal proceedings for your tax problems you won't be allowed to enlist until it's cleared up. All court dates, jail time, fines, probation have to be satisfied before you can join.

I suggest you see a Recruiter. Be very frank with him right from the start.