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 am a 23 year old man who just made childhood mistakes that hold me back already in life so much. I am from Spokane Washington and they charged me as an adult with no previous juvenile charges for a high school fist fight that one kid said I took his t shirt and a bic lighter. They charged me with a first degree robbery and put me in the adult jail. I was 17 and just wanted out of jail so the said take your first strike and pled guilty to second degree robbery and I would get out the next day. I didn't have my parents my dad had recently died so I just had NO direction and I regret my decisions everyday. I needed structure and now I have to pay for it forever even though i haven't bee in any trouble for 4 years now when they could have gave me the opportunity back then instead of just filing me in the system. The military can change my life with just a chance.
I have always wanted to be a marine. I received a felony conviction at the age of 20, I was indicted at the age of 19. I figure that upon being released at the age of 28, I would have a chance at enlisting. Now, I want to be a marine, but if any branch would take me I would be happy. Now, I am finding out that my felony may keep me from enlisting. I have a lifetime parole, I figure that the military could give me a chance at becoming a better person in the sight of my peers. But, due to current legislation, it would appear that me getting a waiver is next to impossible. I would just like the chance to prove myself, and I am sure that others feel the same way.
I am a 25 year African American whos vison was to join the marines, Every since I read the solgan "First in Last out" I always respected the marines and wanted to be the one to actually be able to experience what that actually meant. Unforutnatly In my previous years before I took anything serious. I recieved a felony yes Im not perfect and niether are the people that belive they cannot experience this. I've tried to deal with my untimely death by gaining as much cerificates as i can IT, Culinary, CDL. But all are a short stop to being able to travel and have a alternate family of friends. I admit I having been bleesed with the most welcoming families and most stable. I grieve for myself but i dont allow it to deter me. It just bums me out every time i watch how i could be contributing to my country instead of being a castaway wasting space. I agree there are some people that deserve what they get. Those are the ones that wouldn't go to the extreme to be heard because they don't care well I do. i write this with tears almost of a lost passion it hurts everyday to look up and to know i could have been a marine but i misjudgement has held me back when i finally came into focus...
Life is all about seacond chance and the military is about character moral brotherhood respect loyalty self discipline all things people that have made mistakes or have been down the wrong path can use to help themself become better people which inturn puts better people-citizens in our society. In my opinion its bettet to give a youngman/woman opurtunity to become better people and to me thats not prision. Yes prison is needed for some people but for kids who have made a mistake at a young age to get a second chance insted of a felony could help build good people insted of x cons. Of course you couldnt do this for every crime or convivtion but some deserve second chances.
I believe people who have a felony should be given a second chance to join military if they have one felon and misdemenors
I would die for my country if needed but I'm not eligible to join the Army for something i did as a juvenile which i think is wrong. I was a juvenile and it happened when i was 15 yrs old. Now I'm 28 and still can't join which is wrong. I passed the asvad then my recruiter told me i was disqualifiedi for something i did when i was a kid.