Does your Juvenile record matter

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My son is 17 and wants to join he has some mistermeners and does not have his G.E.D.,But is in the prosses of getting it,His dream is to join the army ,will he be able to<?

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MSG Glenn
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Evidently you haven't read

Evidently you haven't read any other post or comment on this site. If you had you'd know that besides a GED he's required to have 15 level 100 college credits from an accredited school to enlist in the Army. Either a H.S. diploma or a GED +15.

Even so I doubt very much if his juvenile record would allow him to join. At this time the Army is enlisting very few misdemeanors & no felons. The Army has access to juvenile records, sealed records, expunged records so they'll find out.

By the time he gets a GED & 15 college credits things might change. Right now the Army has all it can handle with the long lines at recruiting offices due to the poor civilian job market. They can afford to take only the best of the best. That can't last forever can it? Make sure that he follows through & gets that GED +15. If he doesn't then you can know in your own mind that he's definitely not Soldier material.

He's not the only one in that same position. It goes to prove that everything you do wrong throughout your life can turn around & bite you in the a$$. There have been many drop-outs & those with a police record who have been turned away from service in the military.

Jamesmom (not verified)
Thank you

Thank you for the information,I will pass it on to him. Can he get his College credits at a Community College???

MSG Glenn
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Community College? Sure.

My best guess is if it's a community college it's accredited. I suppose you could call a Recruiter & ask to be sure & also find out if he would be willing to work with your son.

Having done all that come back on here & let me know what he tells you. He can possibly offer some advice for him. He'll probably tell you to forget it until that GED & 15 college credits are completed. By the way - ONLY the 15 college credits are required. With that no GED is necessary. If he were to get into community college just for those 15 credits & skip the GED he might be able to save you time & money. Make sure all of those credits are level 100 credits. For example "English 101". If it was "English 099" it wouldn't count. They can be in any subject under the sun, even "Underwater Basket Weaving 101" for all they care. Most will take the easiest subjects just to get the credits but I advise that he take at least some that can do him some good in the future.

bubba1011
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Can i join the army?

I was arrested in 07 for an attempted murder charge but it got dismissed and expunged.I have a high school diploma.So am i qualified for the army?

Colin
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I wouldn't hold my breath if

I wouldn't hold my breath if I were you - nothing is really expunged, and that is an incredibly serious charge.

But there's only one way to know for sure - I would call up a recruiter and ask.

bubba1011
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I did

He say they would have to send it off and find out.But if i wasn't convicted it shouldn;t matter right?

Colin
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Good luck!

You should follow the recruiters advice, then. While I would imagine it carries much less weight by not being a conviction, there are probably thousands of people trying to join who have no criminal record at all. And since the Army can afford to be really picky with the budget crisis, there's no telling what they will or won't get a waiver for.

Follow your recruiter's advice, and come back and let us know what happens!