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 made a mistake and I paid my dues. We're American citizens and we deserve to have a life. Give us a chance to serve and rebuild our lives.
I have tried joining the military a couple of different times, for it is my dream to serve my country. I have even told the recruiters I've spoken to that I do not need the sign in bonus, I just want to serve. I want to better myself. I was close, very close, to signing into the Marines before I had a drunken weekend and got two felonies on my record as a result, and I was 17. I was a minor, and yet, I got charged as an adult, and used as an example. Life has been very tough for me since. It's incredibly difficult for me to land a decent job, where as those without a record have much higher chances. still, to this day, 7 years later, I'm struggling to pay off the fines and restitution, while the others that also perpetrated these crimes do not. It's unjust, and I feel like I have been wronged by not only the state in which I live in, but by the world. I just want a chance, that's all. To prove myself worthy of the honor of being able to consider myself a soldier.
After my ex girlfriend left me because she aborted our twins four months in. I stopped caring about anything for a while. I was on medication to stop the depression and it took away my morals while I was on them. I lost my job and my car, and then my license. I got into some trouble that never happened. But now I have parole for two more years and I want to change my life for the better. No one wants to hire someone with no liscence and who went to jail for a D.U.I. I want to do more with my life. So please help make it possible. I beg of you
I agree sometimes it takes something serious like getting arrested to make people realize the error of their ways. Everyone makes mistakes and it isn't right to exclude anyone from serving their country for crimes that are not violent in nature, or that do not show a kind of mental disability. The policy on drug related crimes is far to strict and if somebody is able to prove that they can change then they should be able to serve America.
It's unfair to hold people back in life. Exactly what our founding documents state we should not do. Sooner or later this is going to put more hurt on the nation rather than help make it grow, and that's what it's doing. look at Chicago. So called Felons are being bread because of no other opportunities or a way to escape is given. It's not like you can just pick up and go, well you could if allowed to join the service to make one better. Notice the difference, you are making a better citizen therefore making a better nation. No money is going to be taken out of your pocket. It's actually going to put more in it because of the spending of funds, the nation growing in its education system, inventors, programmers, and even work flow. If as a nation we put "those" felons guilty or not in its own "area" that area will grow with trained felons. Same goes for educators that are bad. 90% of the time ghettos or bad neighborhoods will surround negligent schools. There is a reason for that and we are just now trying to make a change. Years after we see the huge impact its having on our nation. Now it's going to be really hard and costly to fix! We should make a change pertaining to what disqualifies you from joining the services. If you live in a good neighborhood or good family, people typically won't get put in situations where your are just in the wrong place at the wrong time. even a high ranking police officer and DEA officer stated he was told not to mess with the rich because they have the money to fight back and cause trouble. This sort of targeting the so called morally wrong is making the police morally wrong. so where does that line stop. Are we going to all be morally wrong. Even if one thinks they would act a certain way and that incident won't happen it probably will. As in my case of living with a dad made me scratch a boat up with his at 6 years old just so it would be faster than blaming m for it. A dad who beat me every day so bad I was hospitalize and put in the ICU until the police and HRS put me into a group home. then again when I just turned 18 in 1998 I was jumped buy two guys living in my group home, when the police officer arrived at our house. One of the jumpers said I attacked the other and he was trying to protect him. I was half their size. I'm now a career programmer and college graduate. I have a pilot's license and scuba diving license. soon to buy a new Town home and drive a fairly new car.
Non violent felony offenders should be given a chance at redemption. If people want the option of bettering themselves and redeeming themselves this country should provide that opportunity, especially if the person has shown a will and great effort to overcome and change for the better, that's the purpose of the USA, or so I believed once..
All my family is military and have risen through the ranks. i have wanted this for quite some time i excelled at jrotc and am physically fit as well as passed the asfab ,but because of my felony that happened 7 yrs ago im denied my ability to help and serve .
Some people don't have to many options left at life. Denying someone the right to fight for their country is absurd, especially when their crime is non-violent. Give people an equal opportunity to strive and prosper. This is something I want more than anything, a chance to provide for my family and country the right way.