Ex-Offenders in the Military: Dealing With Troubled Backgrounds and Behavioral Changes Kit


The books and videos in this uniquely designed kit represent some of the best thinking and doing related to ex-offenders and changing behaviors.

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It’s a sometimes uncomfortable fact of life – you’re likely to be working with ex-offenders both inside and outside the military. So let’s be honest and smart about what we’re doing. The military has long been seen as the last great hope for some troubled juveniles and ex-offenders – if they can get in! At times, especially during war, the military services become big social experiments.

On the outside, over 50 million Americans have some sort of conviction on a record. Inside the military, you’ll increasingly encounter individuals with either troubled or not-so-hot backgrounds who, under normal circumstances, could never pass the recruitment bar.

In fact, times have changed since 2003. The military can no longer deal with behavioral problems by using the brig or just “tossing them out into the civilian world” since the services, especially the Army and Marines, are now activity recruiting ex-offenders with red flags and troubled backgrounds (see our companion Military, Veterans, and Ex-Offenders Kit).

While the military has long granted waivers for recruiting individuals with low aptitude scores, medical problems, and criminal records, most have been “moral waivers” – a program that allows individuals with criminal records, including convicted felons, to enter the Armed Forces.

Indeed, the Army granted more than 6,000 moral waivers in 2006 – up from 2,700 in 2003 – of which 901 were felony waivers (up from 411 in 2003). In 2006 alone, nearly 25 percent of all recruits required some type of waiver.

Overall, between 2003 and 2006, the military allowed more than 100,000 individuals (30,000+ each year) with troubled backgrounds to join their ranks. While such a policy may assist the services in meeting their recruitment targets, as well as help straighten out troubled lives, leadership and management also face a unique set of challenges, from training and discipline to workplace and public safety.

In the civilian world, hiring via moral waivers would be called “potentially costly hires,” complete with some serious liability issues. Here is the new reality we all face: The Armed Forces are recruiting more and more individuals with red flags and behavioral patterns that may be difficult to change. Is the leadership prepared for what comes next?

Thinking outside their normal institutional boxes, military leaders need to know and do certain things if they are to succeed with this challenging recruitment pool – from dealing with issues of anger, addiction, relapse, and personal responsibility to recognizing old behavior patterns, being trustworthy, and having a purpose in life. The following resources represent some of the best thinking and doing related to ex-offenders and changing behaviors.

For a fascinating collection of additional relevant resources on this and related subjects, see our specialty website for ex-offenders: www.exoffenderreentry.com.

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