Moral Waiver Possibility

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watsonjr16
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So I've got a question about moral waivers. I've been getting a lot of different responses from different people and sources. I have a felony on my record from when I was 23 (I'm 28 now). It was non-violent, no drugs, abuse (sexual or physical). I completed probation for the offense and paid off all restitution owed. I have stayed completely on the right side of the law since then, not even a traffic ticket. Gainfully employed in the loss prevention field. I have decided I would like enlist in the National Guard in South Carolina. Is there any chance in my circumstance of getting a waiver or is this simply unheard of? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Colin
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Enlisting with a felony

The conflicting responses are because it's almost impossible to see the Army's logic sometimes!

In general, felonies used to mean that you'd be unable to enlist. About 10 years ago, though, there was a brief period that allowed certain felons to enlist, since the need for recruits was very high.

There is a chance that similar circumstances will happen in the near future, but, that's not a sure thing. In general, if you're going in with a need for a felony waiver, go to the recruiter between November and January. This time of year recruiters are swamped with clean high school and college graduates and are generally unable (or unwilling) to put in lots of time with someone who may need special waivers.

MSG Glenn
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@Watsonjr16

What you should do is contact a National Guard Recruiter right away. The Guard uses their own Recruiters separate from the Active Duty Army & Army Reserve. A lot depends on the needs of the local Guard units. If the need is great waivers are sometimes approved. Although the USANG follows most of the same guidelines as the Regular Army & USAR there are times that they'll differ in policies.

If the only jobs that your local Guard unit has slots available require a security clearance you might run into a no-go situation but that's for a Recruiter to tell you.

Good luck!

watsonjr16
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Thank ya'll for the

Thank ya'll for the responses! I went ahead and spoke to the local recruiter and she is going to present my case to command. She was more optimistic than I expected, so wish me luck!

MSG Glenn
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Sounds Good!

Remain optimistic. If your Recruiter thinks you have a chance then she's probably right.

Good luck!