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hello all, i wanted to give a little backround info on myself and ask some second opinions on my thought of wanting to become a police officer once again and do it right! Once before i had the opportunity to and had everything set for me straight out of highschool, i was in the marines with a GED and my MOS was military police, i had got all through bootcamp and my training all up to MOS school for military police. I had a serious case of homesickness growing upon my level of maturity too low to handle or grasp how much i was going through as it was such a changing time of my life. long story short i went UA (unauthorized absence) as a result of it and got properly discharged. ever since then i have put myself in a slump and beat myself up for it as i had it made and now recruitment is not rolling the red carpet out anymore and they will not take me in so i got into a pickle and did some bad things got addicted to some bad stuff and i have 3 misdameanor shoplifting charges i all pled guilty. this was cause i was feeding a bad habit of drug use and there is no "good" way to say that. from age 18 to 23 i have learned a lot in life and now i am completely mentally mature and understand and grasp a lot i did not when i was 18. i plan and i am putting it all behind me as i am better now but i know i have put a pretty shiny scar on my track record. another thing is that the 3rd misdameanor charge was a habitual felony that got dropped down to a misdameanor, the second time was a extension of a filing, and since the thrid time i violated the extension they gave me 2 years probation 1+1. looking at all this, everytime i have been handled by the cops i was always respectful and admired what i could of been and was supposed to be.. a police officer. now i strongly feel the urge to make things right and go to college, work a part time job or two and tackle that goal once again that i had set for me in the past. what makes me think i have a chance is that i read in my town capital police requirements is that if i am charged with anything it cannot be a felony, if it is a misdameanor it cannot be a violent or domestic and be 5 years prior to the charge. in five years i think i would have enough time to tackle all the college i can get (possibly a masters) in criminal justice or law.


i ask myself, would that be a waste of time?


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is it worth it? or should i consider something else cause the odds are against me now.

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hello all, i wanted to give a little backround info on myself and ask some second opinions on my thought of wanting to become a police officer once again and do it right! Once before i had the opportunity to and had everything set for me straight out of highschool, i was in the marines with a GED and my MOS was military police, i had got all through bootcamp and my training all up to MOS school for military police. I had a serious case of homesickness growing upon my level of maturity too low to handle or grasp how much i was going through as it was such a changing time of my life. long story short i went UA (unauthorized absence) as a result of it and got properly discharged. ever since then i have put myself in a slump and beat myself up for it as i had it made and now recruitment is not rolling the red carpet out anymore and they will not take me in so i got into a pickle and did some bad things got addicted to some bad stuff and i have 3 misdameanor shoplifting charges i all pled guilty. this was cause i was feeding a bad habit of drug use and there is no "good" way to say that. from age 18 to 23 i have learned a lot in life and now i am completely mentally mature and understand and grasp a lot i did not when i was 18. i plan and i am putting it all behind me as i am better now but i know i have put a pretty shiny scar on my track record. another thing is that the 3rd misdameanor charge was a habitual felony that got dropped down to a misdameanor, the second time was a extension of a filing, and since the thrid time i violated the extension they gave me 2 years probation 1+1. looking at all this, everytime i have been handled by the cops i was always respectful and admired what i could of been and was supposed to be.. a police officer. now i strongly feel the urge to make things right and go to college, work a part time job or two and tackle that goal once again that i had set for me in the past. what makes me think i have a chance is that i read in my town capital police requirements is that if i am charged with anything it cannot be a felony, if it is a misdameanor it cannot be a violent or domestic and be 5 years prior to the charge. in five years i think i would have enough time to tackle all the college i can get (possibly a masters) in criminal justice or law.


i ask myself, would that be a waste of time?


the question is.


is it worth it? or should i consider something else cause the odds are against me now.



First off, welcome to the site and hope you find some useful information here.


As for your history. . . . .ooooooh, not good.  Is it a deal buster?  In most departments. . . . .probably.  However, with that said, there are some departments out there that do get hard up for officers. . . . .but do you really want to go to work for a place that hired you only because you had a heart beat?  What kind of career potential would have in a department like that?


You ask about what you can do for the next 5 years.  College is an excellent idea, but I wouldn't go after a police specific degree.  Believe it or not, many departments are looking for people with varied degrees and experiences.  In your case, I would go after degrees that could be used in other fields besides law enforcement. . . . .just in case.  Fields such as business, accounting and psychology are but to name just a few.  Imagine what you could do with those degrees if your "dream job" fell through on you.  You would like to have a Plan B. . . .or even a Plan C in case Plan A blows up in your face . . . . . right?


As you get towards the end of your 5 years (some departments may require 7+ years), start putting out feelers to see where the economy is at in the different areas of the country.  Many departments just do not have the ability to hire ANYONE at this time because of the economy.  During your 5 to 7 years, start trying to get to know some of the local officers to see what they know about the departments in the area.  Talk to some recruiters.  Be completely honest with them (especially the recruiters) and they will be honest with you about what you can expect.  If you leave stuff out or try to distance yourself from these crimes, you will only show a lack of character to them and the deal will be off.


If the recruiters don't blow you off right out of the gate, try to see if they have a reserve or cadet program to work for free but get to know people inside the department.  I'm not trying to blow any smoke up your skirt. . . . .you have a LOT of damage control to do and with just what you've posted here, I wouldn't hold my breath.  But I'm also not going to say it can't be done because I've seen things in my career that I thought would have been impossible. . . . . yet the "right person" made it possible.  You just need to find that "right person".


Finally, if you are truly into assisting people instead of the just the potential excitement of the job. . . . .if you get a psychology degree, there is the possibility of working as a probation/parole officer, rehab counsellor and the list could go on and on.  Everyone in the system has a part to do. . . . .not all of it is exciting and not all of it has the same satisfaction. . . . .but any job is just what you make of it, good OR bad.  Good luck in your endeavors.


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Bump yep what Beowolf_7 said. He gave you very good advice listen to it and learn from your past mistakes. Good luck


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im really geared towards a police officer though, as of my hiccup with miltary police in the marines the opportuinity i did not keep. i really appreciate the info! it helps :) but i am really concerned about my chances with becoming a police officer. that was my career goal that i messed up on cause i wasint fully mature enough to handle it coming out of highschool and now i am fully awake and aware of my goals and mentality in life.

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Not hirable here. It may be your dream but your past decision will haunt you on this one.


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Things have changed quite a bit,evidently,since I was in.Never heard of a discharge for just Unauthorized Absence.Usually just an Article 15.Methinks there is something else going on here.Your repeated misdemeanor offences have evidently set a pattern that I would judge would disqualify you for any leo position,even if the felony was dropped.I concur with other posts suggesting a college education.If you currently are gainfully employeed I suggest night time adult education courses.That's how many people do it and how I earned my degrees.

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I wouldn't hire you. You are a risk that most departments don't want. To many honorable discharged military personnel with out the baggage you have. The train wreck you described is scary. Seek another profession. The military discharge sends a major flag.

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You have a plan now and you have some maturity on your side and that is more than you had the first time. That in itself is an improvement., so stick to the plan you have set yourself and work it. You still have been successful. Good luck...

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Unfortunately no one here can answer for the departments which may or may not hire you.  The only way is to try.  That being said your chances are slim.  But who knows.


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It was called AWOL when I was in, and for some it was called Desertion. That would do it for me personally. Homesick? Who wasn't?


"another thing is that the 3rd misdameanor charge was a habitual felony that got dropped down to a misdameanor, the second time was a extension of a filing, and since the thrid time i violated the extension they gave me 2 years probation 1+1."


This statement bothers me. That and the "i was feeding a bad habit of drug use" line.


Try as hard as you might, I hate to say it but based on the information you have given us, your chances are slim. Unless you find a department that is willing to accept the liability of your baggage, I would consider employment in another line of work.


Just my 2 cents.


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