At some point in the process of joining the US Army, you will be interviewed about and required to write down all you know about your record of arrest, charges, juvenile court adjudications, traffic violations, probation periods, and dismissed or pending charges or convictions, including those that have been expunged or sealed.
A couple of things about this:
- Tell the truth about everything you know. Excuses such as “it was expunged, dismissed, dropped, my lawyer told me not to reveal or a judge told me I had no record” are no good here.
- Police and city, county, and state court records checks will be done for your current name and all other names you have ever used.
- You may receive a waiver for minor traffic convictions and misdemeanors as long as they have all been resolved. But a waiver will require someone in authority to step forward and believe you are no longer stupid enough to get into trouble with the law.
- More serious charges are not likely to receive a waiver; but conditions change and your case might be special.
As always, if you have a specific question about your situation and you want to talk with someone about it, you should fill out this form and click the Submit button to have someone contact you that can answer your questions.