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Old 01-25-2013, 05:41 PM   #41
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NOVA........I always wondered. Is there any legislative act that permits felons to be approved for admission into the military ?

You can be a convicted felon and be admitted into the Army or another branch as long as it is not a 'big one ' like murder or rape or armed robbery.

When you apply you have to go through an approval process that includes
an interview and then your packet gets sent forward for approval from an anonymous board.

What legislation gives the military the right to approve someone for admission into the military and possess multiple weapons and be taught about bombs, demolition and survival techniques when they cannot possess a shotgun or vote in the civilian world ?

I can understand if they had a pardon, but that does not normally happen until you are in your 60s or 70s.

Is there an executive order or congressional approval or ......what allows someone entry and gives the military privileges that don't exist in the civilian world ?
You bring up an interesting point, but I'll just say two things

1. Technically individuals don't "possess" weapons in the military - in the sense we don't own them and take them home. The US Govt does. Weapons are issued to us and stored in an armory when not in use, deployed, etc. I'm sure you know this already. Maybe I'm misinterpreting your use of "possess."

2. With fighting two wars, one must consider the factor that recruitment and admission standards have laxed a bit to accommodate for the growth in force.

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Does this have any bearing on the thread at hand?

And I have no idea, I'm not a recruiter.

Yes, because it is related to the military.

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You bring up an interesting point, but I'll just say two things

1. Technically individuals don't "possess" weapons in the military - in the sense we don't own them and take them home. The US Govt does. Weapons are issued to us and stored in an armory when not in use, deployed, etc. I'm sure you know this already. Maybe I'm misinterpreting your use of "possess."


I was always under the impression that a felon cannot possess a weapon, He does not have to own it and he is not suppose to touch or carry one. That is why they can't have a hunting license.

I might be wrong though, but there are 50 states and probably 50 different standards.


2. With fighting two wars, one must consider the factor that recruitment and admission standards have laxed a bit to accommodate for the growth in force.

True, but it does seem hypocritical though. I am not opposed to giving someone a second chance but it seems odd that you can't possess a 380 in the civilian world and then join the Army and then be given a M4, 240B machine gun , sent to sniper school or taught about explosives.

Just wondering
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Yes, because it is related to the military.




True, but it does seem hypocritical though. I am not opposed to giving someone a second chance but it seems odd that you can't possess a 380 in the civilian world and then join the Army and then be given a M4, 240B machine gun , sent to sniper school or taught about explosives.

Just wondering
Ah, I see what you're getting out. Yes, I recall hearing about these situations before, where a Marine is convicted of a felony and can't carry a weapon anymore, at least not legally in the civilian world. What happens in the military, I forget exactly, but I think it results in an admin separation/discharge. We always used to do "safety briefs" and/or "stand downs" and sometimes bring this issue up to the Marines, telling them to be careful of the consequences of their actions. I never personally had to deal with a Marine in a situation such as this, so I'm fuzzy on the details and procedures.

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People convicted of a domestic violence crime are banned from military service due to possessing weapons.
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