Driving Record

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  1. Dad

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    My son has decent ACT scores and leadership positions and extracurricular activities galore. However, he has had some problems with his driving. He has been ticketed in 3 accidents. Would this preclude him from being accepted into the Academy?
     
  2. raimius

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    Probably not.
    It would depend on the severity of the legal side. Multiple DUI crashes would be a bit different than sliding into another car in an icy parking lot.
     
  3. Dad

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    Thank you. He was at fault, but they were all non-alcohol/drug related.
     
  4. Just_A_Mom

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    Dad - check out this link...
    http://usmilitary.about.com/od/airforcejoin/a/criminal.htm

    These include the offenses and number of them that would require him to get a moral or conduct waiver to join the Air Force.
    The Academy may have tighter restrictions. In any case, he needs to be upfront about his situation - that way they can determine if he needs a waiver and take the proper steps to obtain it.
     
  5. Dad

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    Driving record.

    Thank you. They were all non-alcohol/drug related. They were, however his fault. Making a left-hand turn into traffic and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.
     
  6. Pima

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    I would suggest to review the MOC's nom application. Two of our DS's 3 actually asked for this type of information on their application. They even stated speeding tickets were to be included. They use this information to weed out applicants if they come from a very competitive state. Our cong. did not ask for it, but both senators did.

    I would not fret if they do, because most MOC's also ask for an essay with the application. Have him use that essay to address this issue and calm their fears that it was youthful indiscretion, but he has come to a higher level of understanding.

    I don't know what state you are in, but tell your DS he is lucky. 3 accidents all his fault within his 1st yr would have tallied enough points that after 2 he would have lost his license in NC and VA until he was at least 18. Off topic, but my heart goes out to you even more because that insurance bill you now pay must be :eek: every month.
     
  7. Just_A_Mom

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    If you look carefully at the link - reckless driving is on the list as a Category 4.
    As Pima said, they want to know EVERYTHING - then they will decide what is critical and what is not.
    To be prudent, full disclosure - even for one speeding tickets is the best course for all candidates; even if you take it to court and found "not guilty".
     
  8. bandit

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    My son had two "at fault" accidents and a speeding ticket. one was even a turning left in front of an oncoming vehicle, just like your son's. Although I would argue strongly that one wasn't really his fault.

    Anyway, point being, he had nothing close to a spotless record. He was accepted without ever receiving a single question about the accidents or ticket. He definately disclosed them though.
     
  9. Dad

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    Thanks everyone for their insight and advice.:smile:
     

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