Re: What's the Penalty for Stealing Money
As a side note, even if you manage to conceal it from the Army until you show up at MEPS, if you raise your right hand and enlist without disclosing the conviction you could be in even more trouble. Even if it gets dismissed, the Army wants to know about arrests too. You would have to sign more paperwork on enlistment day. If you have concealed a conviction or arrest, and the Army finds out about it after you take that oath (and they would), you would find yourself with new charges for falsifying documents. It is conceivable that you could wind up in a military prison/stockade. It is more likely that they would simply throw you out with a dishonorable or bad conduct discharge...which will follow you around for the rest of your life just like a felony conviction.
Behind the badge is a person. Behind the person is an ego. This is as it should be, person at the center and ego to the back.