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Colonel Howell wrote at 2014-09-11 23:51:04
Let me add to this answer.   You said you were particularly interested in the Army.  That's good because they are the most lenient on waivers.  I work closely with all the recruiters and have different info.  An expunged record can still be seen by the FBI and guess who does these investigations for the military.  You guessed it, the FBI.  Having your record expunged  Is great for peace of mind  and local cops but not for government agencies.  So you just can‘t omit it on a questionairre.  When  they see you’ve been honest about it they have a tendancy to immediately think youre honest so you must be innocent.  Plus when they see the disposition of the case (innocent) they’re sure of it.   I work closely with all the recruiters and have different info.   An expunged record can still be seen by the FBI and guess who does these investigations for the military.



They may ask you to apply for a waiver,  which the recruiter  will fill out with your  help..  Here’s the trick…all recruiters get a new quota fur recruits and waivers on 1 October.  You need to see your Army recruiter on 2 October to ensure you are one of the first to get one.



So YES you will be eligible to join.  Watch how the recruiter will suddenly bend over backwards to help you come October   He’ll be trying to get every person he can so he meets his new quota.  You mean $ in his pocket.

Colonel Howell




John L wrote at 2014-12-28 04:30:03
Sorry to say that the Colonel is not exactly correct, why do I know this, because it is my job to process all waivers in my state and these are the rules we work with currently.


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I am a National Guard Recruiting NCOIC, been doing recruiting jobs for the military for over 12 years and am a subject matter expert on qualifications for National Guard and Army ( as we use the same regulation) and I keep up to date on other services regulations as well. In my job, I process questionable applicants and determine eligibility, I process waivers of all types and know the regulations inside and out. I will not sugar coat my answers to you. They are usually short and to the point. If you need more in depth, ask me. Because each situation is different, alot of times you need to actually talk to a recruiter and let them evaluate your situation in person, by looking at your documents, issues etc. If I suggest this, it would be in your best interest to do so. Finally...thank you for your interest in serving this great nation of ours. Very few people can actually make the cut to serve let alone choose to do so. So thank you for wanting to and hopefully you will get a chance. Whatever branch you choose, thank you and good luck.

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18 years Guard experience, combat missions and homeland missions. 12 years recruiting. I have been a platoon sergeant and squad leader. Mentor to new recruiters and recruits.

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Recruiters course and advanced courses in recruiting

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