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I have a bit of an odd situation. When I was 17 I enlisted in the army. In basic a lot of bad things happened around me. I watched some on commit suicid, broke a few bones in my foot and got into a verbal altercation with the cadre. After the altercation happened they made it there mission to make sure I did not graduate. I know the difference between rough training and malicious attacks and they got bad, like accusing me of things and not allowing me to seek outside help or representation. Sorry long story short I received an entry level seperation and have been fighting it ever since.I do not have a dd214 and there is literally no copy anywhere to be found. I have hired people to find it and contacte every government agency possible and nothing. My concern is that i am applying for multiple local departments and I have an entry level separation with no dd214. How bad is this? Should I even bother?

In the years since the military I have stayed squeaky clean and have done jobs that work with le for the most part.


I found your question sitting in the Question Pool. Whoever you directed it to  did not want to answer it.

The answer to your question is very simple.  Being discharged from the military will less than an honorable discharge is not going to help your chances.  But on the other hand its a possibility that it won't hurt you.

Of course I have no way to predict what any individual police department is going to do.  

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If you are an author I will be happy to help you however I do expect a reasonable donation using the PayPal icon. U.S.: I am an expert in this category for the purpose of giving young people an idea what the hiring process involves for the position of police officer. I am getting a flood of questions from young people who are being influenced by unrealistic television shows. I'd ask you to consider that when you watch police shows on television that they are NOT realistic and most of what you see does not happen in real life. Please do not ask me about potential jail sentences that you, your friends, or family might receive in court. There is no way for me to know that. I am NOT a probation officer so I cannot answer questions about probation and parole matters. I am a retired police officer with 26 years experience.I worked in a variety of assignments including investigations, homicide, sex crimes, runaway investigations, missing persons, and fraud.I also dealt with the general public during that time giving a wide range of advice on matters such as domestic disputes, problem solving, teenage problems, civil/criminal matters, and dealing with the mentally ill. I am available to give sound and reasonable advice which can solve most problems. Please do not ask me to do homework questions or online interviews. Young people should not rely on the Internet for interviews. Local police officers are normally very agreeable to assist students with interviews and surveys.


Worked as a police officer/detective for 26 years.

Graduate of the University of Maryland.B.S. in Law Enforcement.Attended numerous schools and training courses involving investigations, interviewing, interrogations, crime detection, domestic violence, and others. Recognized in court as an expert witness.

Received numerous awards during my police career for expert investigations. Handled the most sensitive and confidential investigations. In 1999 I won an award for my work with high school students while working in my new career in a large suburban high school.

B.S from the University of Maryland.

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