offender in county jail would like to know if sentences can be suspened so he can join Army. If it just probation until retribution is made?

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offender in county jail would like to know if sentences can be suspened so he can join Army. If it just probation until retribution is made?

Misdermeanor for receiving and probation violation, in county jail for 6 months, time almost done, did pride program, has good time,working in the jail at this time

Asked on May 5, 2009 under Criminal Law, Pennsylvania

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Answered 12 years ago | Contributor

This question is best asked of the Army recruiter. Although a Pennsylvania attorney familiar with the ins and outs of PA criminal law could probably give you a technical legal answer -- for whatever it is worth (I am not a PA lawyer so I can not) -- in reality the military decides whether an applicant qualifies, and the military also can grant waivers from the normal rules in appropriate circumstances.

You seem to have made great strides while in jail, and you should take pride in the completion of the  program. The discipline and esprit de corps of the military has helped tens of thousands of people get and stay on the right track, and we all believe in rehabilitation. So I commend your interest in the military.

Laying the facts out, candidly, and acknowledging your prior actions would go a long way toward helping the recruiter go to bat for you. The recruiter has a quota to achieve, and is highly motivated to bring into the service qualified and right-motivated folks. If you can qualify, the recruiter will find a way. If restitution is the only thing separating you from a career, the recruiter can help you address that; in some cases the victim might even waive restitution based on entrance in the military -- again all Americans appreciate the power of the military to rehabilitate. Best of luck.

 


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