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    Default How strict on credit/ Waiver ?

    Ill try to make this very short and sweet and not leave anything important out.
    My recruiter turns everything into a project and makes everything seem like the world is going to end.
    Im going to join the army and want a job that requires a security clearance. Ive taken the asvab and scored 84 and 120+ on line scores so this leads me to these questions:

    When I was 17 years old (6 years ago) my final charge was a misdemeanor: attempted battery and a judicial warning. I was initially charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon(knife)(felony), and battery(misdemeanor). There was no one harmed by the knife or by my fist.

    1. Since the final charge was just attempted battery and I was a juvenile do you think I will need a waiver?


    Everyone says that they have very strict guideline to get security clearance (not top secret just security clearance is what I want).
    1. I pulled my credit and I owe Sprint $376 from 2002 and I have owed a credit card $1297 since 2004, outside of those two thing i have no other debt whatsoever (no car,home, etc.).
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    With not needing a waiver to join the army and that being my only debt, what is the likelyhood of me being able to get security clearance?

    *If you dont think I can get a security clearance because of those debts. If I set up a payment plan with those two debts and bring proof with me of the agreement to repay those debts with me to MEPS.

    2. Do you think having that promise to repay those debts will get me security clearance?

    If you have any additional thoughts i would appreciate it. Thanks in advance.

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    I was turned down over $1400.

    They said I could get letters stating that I have entered into a payment plan, but that would not mean I would get the clearance. Recruiting is doing well, they can be more picky now.

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    As far as your criminal history;

    The Army see's Battery as either a "Typical Minor Non-traffic Offense or a Typical Misdemeanor" Depending on the fine amount, confinement, restitution ect. so we will need more info.

    It will also depend on where and to whom this occured. Ddid it happen on school grounds or against a relative ect.? SO provide us with more detail.

    Also the Army/ Recruiting BDE could also judge it as your initial charge which would be a Felony, it all depends on the Police Records/ Court checks and what comes up on them. This would require a "Suitability Waiver/ Interview".

    As far as your credit issues;

    It would be in your best intrest to try to find a way to pay them off "in full", with the criminal charges you dont need anything else to tip the scale for a Security Clearance.
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    I paid $73.00 in fines. Confinement was 2 days in a juvenile detention center. I was on house arrest throughout the court process which was 5 months.
    It was at a shopping plaza(teenage hangout place). It it happened not to a relative or anyone I know, it was just another kid my same age.

    I noticed (dibblejr) you put "IN FULL", so if I settled the debt for a lesser amount that would still mean that I would not receive a security clearance.
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    If your credit report shows a "Due Balance" or anything other than paid than that would be a strike against you.

    I am not sure of all the verbage that creditors annotate on credit reports.
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