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United States Navy and Marine Corps
Criminal History Disqualifications

Serious Offenses

Regardless of state or local law, for enlistment purposes, the following offenses fall into the Category of Serious Offenses:

  • Adultery.
  • Assault consummated by battery.
  • Carrying concealed weapon; possession of brass knuckles.
  • Check, worthless, making or uttering, with intent to defraud or deceive ($500 or less).
  • Child pornography offenses.
  • Conspiring to commit misdemeanor.
  • Contempt of court (includes non-payment of child support or alimony required by court order).
  • Contributing to delinquency of minor (includes purchase of alcoholic beverages).
  • Criminal trespass
  • Desecration of grave.
  • Discharging firearm through carelessness or within municipal limits.
  • Driving while drunk, impaired, intoxicated, or under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Drunk and disorderly and related offenses.
  • Failure to stop and render aid after accident.
  • Fornication.
  • Indecent exposure.
  • Indecent, insulting, or obscene language communicated directly or by telephone.
  • Killing domestic animal.
  • Leaving scene of accident (hit and run) involving no personal injury and property damage is under $500.
  • Liquor or alcoholic: unlawful manufacture or sale.
  • Looting.
  • Malicious/criminal mischief: throwing rocks on highway, throwing missiles at athletic contests, or throwing objects at vehicle.
  • Negligent homicide.
  • Petty larceny; embezzlement (value $500 or less).
  • Possession of marijuana under 30 grams or steroids (requires District waiver)
  • Prostitution/Solicitation.
  • Reckless driving (when fine assessed is $201 or more).
  • Removing property under lien.
  • Removing property from public grounds.
  • Resisting arrest, fleeing and eluding.
  • Selling, leasing, or transferring weapons to minor or unauthorized individual.
  • Slander.
  • Shooting from highway or on public road.
  • Stolen property, knowingly receiving (value $500 or less).
  • Theft, shoplifting (value $500 or less). (If under age 16 and value is $100 or less, treat as class 2 minor non-traffic offense).
  • Unlawful carrying of firearms; carrying concealed firearm.
  • Unlawful entry.
  • Use of telephone to abuse, annoy, harass, threaten, or torment another.
  • Vandalism: injuring or defacing public property or property of another; shooting out street lights; or similar offenses where damage is assessed at over $200.
  • Willfully discharging firearm so as to endanger life; shooting in a public place.
  • Wrongful appropriation of motor vehicle; joyriding; driving motor vehicle without owner's consent (if intent is to permanently deprive owner of vehicle, consider as grand larceny under felony offenses listed separately).

NOTE: Consider offenses of comparable seriousness as serious offenses. In doubtful cases, apply the following rule:

If the maximum confinement under state or local law exceeds 6-months or is equal to or less than 1-year, treat offense as a serious offense.

NOTE: If the conviction/adverse adjudication is not listed in the uniform guide list for typical offenses then federal, state, or local laws apply for enlistment purposes.

Two or more serious offenses require a waiver. Six or more serious offenses are disqualifying, and no waiver is authorized.

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