Was advised to post on the forum here after posting elsewhere. I am thinking of joining the army. Reason is I want to make a fresh start and doing something useful with my life. I'm 21 and was going to be charged with a felony but it was reduced to a misdemeanor and spent 5 months in jail. This is going to hold me back from other stuff so maybe the army is the way to go. Before I go back and see a recruiter there were a few things I wanted to check Will the fact that I have a criminal record mean that infantry is probably the only option? Will the fact that I have a record be used against me when I'm in if I do sign up? I know basic can be tough enough and I know I would have to change my attitude about discipline and that but I'm guessing they'll make that happen. I don't do drugs anymore apart from alcohol and smoking but have in the past - does that make a difference? Suppose my main question is if people have seen people come in with a criminal record and make a go of things once in the army?