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3 Things You Need to Know about Military Recruitment and DWI

Many Americans turn to the United States Armed Forces to pursue job training programs or to serve their country. Individuals wanting to enter the military must meet physical and mental requirements that, for more specialized groups, can prove highly competitive. However, all of a person’s hopes and planning for a military career can be lost with a single criminal conviction, such as a conviction for DWI.

A DWI conviction can have a major impact on your dreams and aspirations. The Raleigh drunk driving lawyers at the Law Office of Jim Black want to help you realize your dreams of military service, and are here to help you better understand how a DWI conviction can affect your recruitment and military opportunities.

#1: DWI Can Stop Enlistment

When a person is charged with DWI, their future with the United States military may depend on the outcome of their trial. Many branches of the government will not allow potential recruits to have a prior DWI on their record. Additionally, a recent DWI can make it even more unlikely for a person to enlist.

#2: DWI Can Exclude a Candidate from Security Clearances

Many sensitive, entry-level jobs in the military require some sort of security clearance. In order to gain these clearances, a person needs to illustrate intelligence and, more importantly, trustworthiness. A criminal record containing a recent DWI can keep a candidate out of these positions.

#3: DWI Can Exclude a Candidate from Certain Branches of the Military

Policies regarding enlistment differ between the major military branches. However, branches with typically lower enlistment numbers or more intense technical requirements usually avoid any candidate with a criminal history. Branches such as the Marine Corps and the Air Force are particularly dismissive of candidates with serious criminal convictions on their personal records.

Contact Us

A DWI allegation can leave a defendant in a panic about what the future may hold. However, if you have been accused of DWI, you can fight these charges. To discuss your defense with a reliable advocate, contact Raleigh drunk driving defense attorney Jim Black by calling 919-600-4609 today.


"Jim, I just wanted to thank you again for everything you did for me. I am very happy about the outcome and would recommend you to anyone and everyone who has a DUI case. Two things that stuck out the most is your patience and honesty, you wanted the best for me and that was obvious."

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