This is not quite a legal question as it is a question for a recruiter for Air Force, or any military service. However, from your description of events, it does not seem that your son was ever convicted of anything, but merely quasi arrested. I will also tell you that I served along with others in the Marine Corps who had criminal records, as well as represented military members who had been convicted prior to enlistment. This is all to say that prior convictions are not an absolute bar to joining the service. Good luck. Gerry
He should talk to a recruiter again.
The military is in a drawdown so waivers are less likely to be granted and they are being more rigid on background checks.
Perhaps now, if he's shown more maturity they might be willing to let him enlist.
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Its all up the the recruiters--not the lawyers.
Recommend your son talk to an AF recruiter in an AF station not in the same AF recruiting organizational chain of command (that will require a bit of research on your/his part) as the last station that declined to enlist him; go in on the second to last working day of the month--that will be his best possible timing—when recruiters MAY consider candidates they’d pass on otherwise.
That said, it’s a tough time to be enlisting if the candidate has any issues (and running away MAY suggest issues not associated with the police activity). Best of luck to your son.
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