Can I Join the Military With a DUI?

Published: May 11, 2017, by admin in DUI, Legal Blog

You may have chosen to enlist in the military because you are interested in serving our country, are seeking job security, or are seeking the educational benefits. Although it may be a great career choice, you may find it challenging to join the armed forces if you have a DUI.

The good news is that if you’re interested in enlisting with a DUI, you may stay be able to if you’re able to obtain a waiver. A waiver shows that the military is aware of your mistake and is willing to look past it.

If you’ve been convicted of a DUI and would like to join the military, consult a Chicago DUI attorney from O’Meara Law at 312-909-0706 to discuss your legal options.

What to Expect When Enlisting in the Military After a DUI

If you have a DUI on your record and are looking to start the military enlistment process, you will be required to take care of any DUI charges or orders. This may consist of paying any fines and court fees, completing any DUI classes or community service ordered by the court, and waiting until the probation period is over. Once all of this is taken care of, you may begin the enlistment process.

Since each military branch has its own unique requirements, the process of enlisting can be long and complicated. Therefore, it’s a good idea to meet with a military recruiter so that you can find out if you meet the basic requirements for eligibility. During this conversation, the issue of your DUI conviction will come up. The factors below will determine whether you’ll be able to join the military:

  • When your DUI conviction occurred
  • Whether you have more than one DUI
  • Whether drugs were involved in your DUI
  • Which branch of military you’re interested in joining
  • How many waivers are available
  • Whether recruitment numbers have been met
  • Your qualifications

Following your meeting with the military recruiter, you will arrange a visit to the Military Entrance Processing Station where you will be evaluated. At that time, you will undergo a background check and an assessment of your physical and moral qualifications. Your goal should be to demonstrate how you have changed and improved your personal character since your DUI.

Interested in Joining the Military with a DUI? Contact O’Meara Law

Just like other employers, the military takes DUI convictions very seriously. For this reason, it’s important to take steps to increase your chances of being able to join the armed services if this is your wish. If you’ve been charged with DUI, contact Michael O’Meara, an experienced Chicago DUI lawyer. Call O’Meara Law today at 312-909-0706 for your free consultation.