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The Military does different background checks, they go much deeper than most people even deeper if i wanted to become a police officer. They do FDLE/NCIC/FBI/NAC/STATE CHECK and i've been told that it would be on the rap sheet. The Department Of Defense (DOD) will some how find away to get into my juvenile expunged record. Should i tell them the truth or just tell them i wasn't arrested for anything? Because they're not giving out waivers for my Possession Charge, or can i tell them i did the ARD program so my case is dismissed?

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My advice on this question in its many forms is consistent. Answer all questions truthfully. I'm not in agreement with the recommendation to answer a question about whether you were ever arrested with an unresponsive answer that you were never convicted. The obvious follow up question would be something like, "Were you ever arrested but not convicted?" In my humble opinion, expungement does not change the answer to a question about an arrest or the filing of charges. You were arrested and you were charged, but you were not convicted. The accurate truthful answer depends upon the language used in the question. My advice is to answer all questions truthfully, so you don't have to worry about someone figuring something out later. Good luck.


If they ask if you were arrested I would answer that I was never convicted. Under PA law even if you were adjudicated delinquent it is not a conviction of a crime. Also, under PA law an expungement nullifies legally the thing expunged as if it never existed.



the recruiters will say what was you arrested for and what you do to not be convicted? than they going to have me sign a SF-86 background check that's a security clearance and if they find the record i can face a federal crime 10,000 fee and time in prison. I'm going to take your word because your lawyer i just pray and hope i don't get in trouble because of this.


I suppose you are filling out an SF 86. If you you ought to read the questions carefully. . The question is have you EVER been charged with an alcohol or drug offense. It is a yes or No. Does not matter if you were arrested expunged etc. You lie on the forms or during the enlistment process it is fraudulent enlistment. If it is fora civilian job you can be debarred for up to 3 years for misrepresentation on the forms......juvenile or not you were charged. You have to answer YES...justify it all you want based on semantics but at the end of the day you need to answer yes

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You are not eligible to enlist.

Waiverable? Depends, but as you appear to already know, unlikely.

Should you cover up information later discovered you could be charged with a fraudulent enlistment and get kicked out with a conviction on your record, no benefits, and find it very tough getting good jobs downstream.

Starting out military service with a lie is going to catch up with you eventually.

Recommend you come clean, work with recruiter on a waiver, and if it doesn't work out, move on. Military service isn't for everyone.

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