First off I would like to say hello, I'm new to this forum and pursuing a career as a US Army soldier. I'm 17 and working on my 4th semester in college, but my goal for a while has been to join the armed forces.
My problem is as follows:
I am looking at several different MOS's, particularly 18X and 89D. However, SF and EOD both require a security clearance. I am physically fit, medically sound, and confident I can achieve a perfect score on the ASVAB (I managed an 88 out of 99 on the practice/assessment at the recruiter's office, without studying or having known I would be taking a test.) Unfortunately, I do have a criminal record. All of my offenses are NTC (Non-traffic Citation)/Summary offenses, so no misdemeanors and certainly no felonies.
My problem is in the quantity of offenses: I have 2 Criminal Trespass, 2 Harassment, and 2 Disorderly Conduct. One of each of the aforementioned offenses is a pending charge; when my recruiter did a background check to see if they were even on record yet, they were not. I would plead not guilty to all 3, but I do not have the money for legal representation, so I'm sort of forced to plead guilty.
My recruiter said that if I could shake at least the harassment and the disorderly, I would probably not need a waiver to enlist, but that if all the charges stick, I would need a waiver and therefore be ineligible (or at least very unlikely) to get any level of security clearance.
While 89D (EOD) was my first choice, I have tentatively accepted the fact that my record will make it impossible for me to pursue that MOS. I looked around the forum extensively for more info on waivers, and have seen several knowledgeable senior members suggest to those interested in SF that they go infantry first, to both gain experience and to give them a shot at receiving a moral waiver later on.
Is there a standard procedure or guideline for how long a soldier with a criminal record must serve before he is able to have a shot at getting a security clearance? Or does it depend on the nature of the offense(s), how long ago it/they occurred, and/or the soldier's record of honorable service while enlisted?
Basically, I would like to pursue Special Forces down the road, and want to know what I can realistically expect in terms of how long I must wait, and what I must do, in order to have a shot at getting a security clearance.
07-06-2010 04:04 PM