What Exactly Does the U.S. Army look For When Considering a Moral Waiver?
By now, we have established that you can, in fact, join the Army with a felony conviction. But there are four primary factors that the Army will look at closely when considering a waiver:
- Absence of later violations
- Evidence of rehabilitation
- Satisfactory completion of a period probation or parole
- Needs of the Army
All of the conditions listed show that the Army is interested in evidence that you have rehabilitated yourself and are ready for active duty.
No doubt, the military can be a great place for a fresh start for a convicted felon who has been through a period of rehabilitation and has had no other criminal violations.
In fact, the most dynamic variable is always the “needs of the Army.” In times of lower enlistment or national crisis, the Army has and will continue to allow people into the military who may not have been qualified otherwise.
In this sense, timing is everything. For instance, as of this writing, the Army is struggling to meet its recruiting goals. In 2018, the Army set a goal of recruiting 80,000 new soldiers and fell short by nearly 10,000 people. It is no better in 2019. This means that the Army is accepting moral waivers at an increased rate.