How many times and in how many ways do you have to ask this? Was one locked thread for previously asking it six different ways not enough?
IF THE APPLICATION ASKS IF YOU HAVE EVER RECEIVED A CRIMINAL OR POLICE RECORD, THEN YOU BETTER BLOODY WELL PUT DOWN THE TRUTH
. The answer to that question is either YES or NO. It is DIGITAL, not ANALOG. There is no "varying degree".
What is so amazingly difficult to understand about that?
If what happened to you was "Administrative", they'll toss it over their shoulder like they would a late parking ticket. If, however, you DON'T put it down and they DO find it, now you have to contend with the possibility of someone wondering if you were trying to hide it or something else. It's easier to move on to one of the other 20,000+ applications than it is to read your mind. ANSWER THE QUESTION FACTUALLY FOR THEM OR RISK THE CONSEQUENCES OF THEM ANSWERING IT FOR YOU.
ONE more time: STOP TRYING TO SKIRT THE DAMNED ISSUE, ANSWER THE QUESTION ACCURATELY AND COMPLETELY, AND BE DONE WITH IT. You'll be far better off.
Let's see how long THIS one goes for....
ETA: Oh, I'm no JAG, but I did take law classes both at USNA and for my MBA, and it seems to me a record is flagged based upon the OFFENSE, not the PUNISHMENT. If you are busted for grand theft and they punish you by making you write "I will not steal" 50 times instead of time in the hooskow, the record will show a bust for theft regardless.
Where's Bill when you need him?