Give Felons The Right To Join The Army/Military

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I am asking congress to support letting felons into the army/military. I think that if someone has proven to change there ways in life and be a role model citizen then there is no reason to not let them join. This is descrimination against USA citizens. These people are trying to better there life and that is what the USA stands for.

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I'm not a felon, but I can relate. I got in trouble at MEPs when I was 19 and not a day has gone by that I wish I hadn't messed up. I was given a paper from the processing center that I had to wait a certain amount of time and I could come back to retest for a DAT waiver, but the recruiter still won't sign the waiver under DOD orders. I feel like we've all made mistakes in our past, but it shouldn't dictate our future. I have been lucky enough to find work while waiting for a second chance to get in. I hope ya'll had a nice vacation. Now please get a bill through to help us.
I Recently tried to join the army and they said I could not because of a crime I committed when I was a teenager I am now an adult and should be able to serve my country proudly
I am 25 and just got disqualified from joining the army. It's been a dream for me to go since I was a little kid. The only thing stopping me from joining is one stupid 3rd degree felony for criminal mischief. I am not a violent person and just want to be the role model. I want to serve my country and the people who live in this country, I want to fight for our freedom.
This only makes sense if they were a while ago (3-5 years) to make sure they are rehabilitated. There should still be automatic disqualifiers as well (sexual assault, murder, etc.).

I do agree that there needs to be a limit to how much of your past matters. If you are now 30 with a degree and have been charge free for 12 years (especially those programs to forgo charges and just have them dismissed, you know a 2nd chance program; hint, hint) why does it really matter what happened when you were still a dumb teenager you obviously didn't do anything after?
I CAN HONESTLY RELATE TO ALL WHO HAVE SENT THERE OWN TESTIMONIES/STORIES AND MISTAKES IN THERE PAST. AS FAR AS ME I GREW UP A LOST CHILD,WHEN I TURNED 16YRS OLD I GUESS THAT WAS MY BOILING POINT FROM EVERYHTING I BEEN THROUGH. I MADE A HORRIBLE MISTAKE, PAID MY DUES WENT TO PRISON DID EVERYTHING THAT THE STATE ASKED ME TO DO. NOW THAT I DID EVERYHTING THAT THE STATE ASKED ME TO DO ,IM ASKING THE STATE TO DO ME A FAVOR NOW AND HELP ME SO I CAN HELP MY FAMILY. I CANT KEEP A JOB DUE TO MY BACKGROUND I HAVE 1 FELONY FROM 2006 AND ITS NOW 2014 AND IM STILL BEING JUDGED BY IT. ITS CALLED A LEAP OF FAITH
i have two felonies when i was younger and know want to join the military but cant im 24 years old
In my opinion, a felon that wants to join the military could be a great thing. I can only speak for myself, and others I know. Most have been through the ringer... Some have had to survive, no money, no food, sometimes, no place to live. But we are alive. We are survivors. Some, not all, are just hardened. We weren't pampered and spoiled. Like I said, I can only speak for myself. I am 24. I've wanted to join the Marines since I was 6. I haven't broke the law in almost 7 years. Ive been a good citizen, make good choices. I just want a chance, like many others.