Posted on Sep 5, 2020
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So I been in for not to long and I’m thinking about reclassing as a MP when my window opens. When I was 16 I got in trouble (disorderly conduct) and 19 (trespassing) They’re misdemeanors only. would I still be able to become a mp?
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GySgt Thomas Vick
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In my day in the service you would've been given a chance in today's world I don't know. I know that doesn't help much but you need to check today's regulations.
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SGM Steve Wettstein
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GySgt Thomas Vick Gunny great points. When I was going through MEPS I was told that if I got another ticket (only had one) my contract would be voided. In 05-09, during the surge, they were taking everyone and their brother. MPs were able to get initial contracts for 2 years (might have been 3). It is usually 4-5 depending on how many FNGs they needed. We had a lot of shitheads during that time.
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CWO3 Us Marine
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SGM Steve Wettstein - I voided my contract at MEPS, went open in 78. Didn't want to lie, and I had gotten too close to the fire (smoke) while on last few months of self-destruction tour waiting to ship. Didn't want a bus ride home from PI a few weeks later, so I skipped the bright lights and rubber hose routine at ENTNAC. It all worked out. Honesty is often the best policy. Worked for me, but still requires one putting in the work. They were kicking folks out after NAM and I filled a slot. Same as many more.
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SGM Steve Wettstein
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Pretty sure the if the first one doesn't disqualify you, the second will. It's a rather hard MOS field to get into. Also, you might not be able to get a security clearance because of your record. That would all be determined by those that do the back ground checks and give the GO/NO GO. If you can't get approved for the secret security clearance you will not be able to be in the 31 series.
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SPC (Join to see) - Whether civilian or military - security clearance rules don't differ. It depends on the investigator and the whole person standard for everyone. He could very well get denied a Secret.
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SFC (Join to see) He could, but they still have to base it off of Federal Law. They can’t simply deny him “just because”.

The point is that his charges are very minor. It’s a very slim chance he’d get denied for charges that may have happened over a decade ago.

Like many others have said there are plenty of people in currently who have had a criminal record. I personally know some one who has a security clearance and had a criminal record. So long as they haven’t committed a felonious crime and the crime wasn’t committed within the past 5 years of them applying they at the least have a chance of being approved.
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SFC Intelligence Analyst
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SPC (Join to see) - I've been a BN and BDE S2/Security Manager and I'm an SSR now. I have seen people get denied interims for things like that. I have seen people get denied interim SCI and they don't have anything show up on a LEC check but DoD CAF found something in the adjudication search.

Is there a possibility for a Secret they could get it? Sure - but there is a possibility he couldn't. Ultimately he needs to talk to the career counselor at his unit about this. Not social media.

I also never said they'd deny the OP 'just because.' Never once did I say that. I highly doubt since the downturn of OIF/OEF that there are "a lot of" people still in with criminal records.
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SFC (Join to see) Gotcha. So it’s pretty much the same situation for anyone despite having a misdemeanor charge. So it’s 50/50.

Well that still means he has a chance. So let’s be hopeful that he is capable of getting a clearance. Thanks for clearing that up.
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SSG Jeff Furgerson
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I’m not sure, but the fact you got in the Army means these things haven’t stopped you yet, if you do get a chance to be an MP do the best you can over time, these things won’t be of consequence, you were a minor at 16, I wish the best of luck.
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SGM Steve Wettstein
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SSG Jeff Furgerson Jeff if they have slots open it will come down to if he can get a clearance.
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SSG Jeff Furgerson
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Good info SGM Steve Wettstein, I was an MP for 6 or 7 years but I never had to answer the questions the above soldier will have to,
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