Can you join the army if you have been convicted of a DUI?

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AshtonSharain
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i've been wanting to join the army for sometime now i have been convicted for a DUI a year ago & have paid off all my fines, took my prime for life classes and recieved an drug and alcohol assessment so i have done everything i was supposed to do. my question is would i be eligible to join and go active duty?

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MSG Glenn
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@ AshtonSharain

It's possible that you can still enlist in the Army. You should check with a Recruiter soon, though. They're making recruiting policy changes faster than I can keep up with.

Big question - was it a misdemeanor or a felony?

AshtonSharain
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misdemeanor no felonies for me . . .

MSG Glenn
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With a misdemeanor...

...you should be able to get a waiver. Contact a Recruiter to be sure so you can plan the rest of your life if it turns out to be negative.

nyfitcat
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Getting a DUI waiver

Hi, I have been considering joining the Army for some time. I went to speak with a recruiter about joining despite a 2 year old DUI, and he seemed positive about getting a waiver. I took the AVSAB and did well, and it has been 3 weeks since I gave him a letter to attach in waiver request. How long could this process take? I am nervous about the amount of time it is taking. Do I have a chance of getting a waiver in this economy? I had a misdemeanor DUI in July 2010, all the court stuff has been taken care of. Also, I am a 28 yrs old female. Could that be a factor in them not approving waiver?

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@ nyfitcat

There seems to be no set time for waiver approval. Once the request for waiver leaves the Recruiter's office it gets sent upstream & it depends on how fast they process it. Keep in touch with your Recruiter although there isn't a whole lot he can do to speed things up.

If your Recruiter thinks there shouldn't be a problem getting a waiver approved for you I think you'll be okay.

Good luck!

nyfitcat
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Pending DUI waiver

Thanks!That gives me hope.