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Criminal History Disqualifications

Felony Offenses

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

  • Aggravated assault; with dangerous weapon; assault intentionally inflicting great bodily harm; assault with intent to commit felony.
  • Assault and battery on law enforcement officer or child under 16 years of age.
  • Arson.
  • Attempt to commit felony.
  • Breaking and entering (all types).
  • Bribery.
  • Bigamy.
  • Burglary.
  • Carnal knowledge of child under 16.
  • Check, worthless, making or uttering, with intent to defraud or deceive ($501 or more)
  • Conspiring to commit felony.
  • Criminal libel.
  • Draft evasion.
  • Extortion.
  • Forgery; knowingly uttering or passing forged instrument (except for altered identification for purchase of alcoholic beverages).
  • Grand larceny; embezzlement (value $501 or more).
  • Housebreaking.
  • Illegal drugs (See special rules for drug offenses).
  • Impersonating a police officer, civil official, military officer.
  • Indecent acts or liberties with child under 16, molestation.
  • Indecent assault.
  • Kidnapping, abduction.
  • Leaving scene of accident (hit and run) involving personal injury and/or property damage is over $500.
  • Mail matter: abstracting, destroying, obstructing, opening, secreting, stealing, or taking.
  • Mail, depositing obscene or indecent matter.
  • Maiming; disfiguring.
  • Manslaughter.
  • Murder.
  • Obstructing justice.
  • Pandering.
  • Perjury.
  • Public record; altering, concealing, destroying, mutilating, obliterating, or removing.
  • Rape.
  • Riot
  • Robbery
  • Sedition; soliciting to commit sedition.
  • Sodomy.
  • Stolen property, knowingly receiving (value over $500).
  • Theft, shoplifting (value over $500).


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

If maximum confinement under state or local law exceeds 1-year, treat the offense as a felony.

A "felony" will be defined as a conviction or adverse adjudication by civil authorities (foreign or domestic), or action taken which is tantamount to a finding of guilty of an offense for which the maximum penalty is death or confinement under state or local law exceeding one year, regardless of state or local laws.

An offense will be classified a "felony" without regard to the offender's age when the offense was committed, or whether the offense was disposed of by juvenile or adult criminal proceedings. An offense classified as a felony above, will be classified as a felony for enlistment, regardless of state or local law.

In rare instances an offense may be classified as a single incident felony if more than one felony results from a single incident. Generally, if the multiple incidents are not separated by space and time, they may be considered as a single incident for waiver purposes. In order to be considered, the multiple felonies must be related and must derive from a single incident. For example, a housebreaker who steals a stereo might be considered a single incident felony for 1) felony burglary and 2) felony theft.

A single felony requires a waiver. More than one felonies are disqualifying, and no waiver is authorized.

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