Should I tell I was homeless?

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SomeDumbNickname
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Joined: 09/10/2017

At first I thought it was a plus. It shows that I have a strong character, I've been through a lot and can take a lot. Definitely stronger than all those teens joining at 17. But after browsing a few forums I realised that recruiters can consider me defective for that. I bet US army will consider me not trustworthy if I ever was broke, and even If I am not broke anymore. Those people think statistics, not logic or heart. I guess I have to lie then lol? We all know, honesty is the stupidest policy, when it comes to dealing with immoral people who consider you a sell-out piece of crap just because you had to suffer in life and was unfortunate with money.
So what do you suggest? Suicide, lying, telling the truth and hoping for mercy?

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Colin
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Joined: 08/16/2010
Don't lie

A general rule is that you're not going to be able to keep much of anything away from a recruiter. They have access to a wide variety of information sources that most civilians don't. Lying to your recruiter will pretty much result in an instant (and permanent) disqualification from the Army (or other armed forces).

That being said, I would not offer up that information to a recruiter unless you're asked about it directly. Since you said "was homeless" I assume you have a place to live now. So if they ask for a current address or mailing address, give them that.

MSG Glenn
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Joined: 08/31/2010
I can't remember...

...ever being asked if I was homeless or to list any of my past addresses when I joined the Navy & later when I joined the Army. They might have but I don't think so.

If you feel that some info about yourself might be not be beneficial then don't volunteer it. If they ask then be honest. "Yeah, I was homeless for awhile but worked my way through it" if they ask about a gap in addresses.

I'd be very careful about even thinking in a joking way about suicide.

You're already thinking negative thoughts about what MIGHT happen or what they MIGHT say. Your best course of action is to actually contact a Recruiter & start the recruitment process. You'll find out in a hurry if your worries were justified. If you have no other problems like health, drugs or an arrest & conviction record & meet all the other qualifications for enlistment you should be OK. If there are problems then a waiver might be possible.

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