It is sometimes hard to talk about it... even with my interview with my ALO... and with my recruiter... not knowing what their response would be. To answer your question, all charges were dismissed. However, having pleaded no contest... it's taken almost as if I pleaded guilty.
I had to get a waiver to join the military. Having already a disadvantage I didn't care taking the job they wanted to offer me, "Open General". If I remember correctly I had to get approved from my recruiter's supervisor. I had a phone interview with him.
As far as during the AFA application, I had to indicate my law infraction in the Personal Data Record. It does not ask for anything else; however, I did include a copy of my Court Record indicating all orders I had to abide to and indicating it was dismissed. I also asked my counselor to attach a letter for me with my package. Here it is:
To whom it may concern:
I’m writing to add my voice to the law infraction I have disclosed in the USAFA Form 146 I have filled out. It has been almost three years now since I was arrested in XXXXXX, XX. I have matured so much since then, and yet the scar remains with me. I will not explicate again the terrible results of my actions. What I wanted to tell you is how my previous mistake affected and changed me as a person. There are few points I would like to share to you for consideration.
There is no excuse for what I did. Yes I was young, and young people tend to make unwise decisions but this doesn’t preclude me from knowing what is right and what is wrong. What I did goes beyond my morals. I should have had enough brain and heart to prevent my wrongdoing and yet I didn’t try to stop it until it was too late. I made a bad judgment, that is all there is to it.
We make mistakes to learn from. Though there was part of me that felt disappointment and regret, there was also a part of me that felt gladness. Had I not made this mistake and have gone to University of Portland with my AFJROTC scholarship, I may have made the same mistake as a cadet or as commissioned officer of the Air Force. Every one of us has made bad decisions in the past. We will continue to make bad decisions for as long as we live. Our failures are what make us human; however, not losing the lesson strengthens our resolve and fortitude.
I have taken every opportunity to improve myself and not let the past hold me back. I took my fault by heart so something like this will not happen again. It also gave me the drive I need to persevere despite the hardship I brought to myself. As I awaited my final court date I took a job at a local pizza parlor as an assistant manager. I then enrolled at our local junior college. I was a fulltime student while working fulltime to support my studies. After the court’s final disposition of my case I decided to pursue what I always wanted to do. That following summer I took the Oath of Enlistment to serve my country as an Airman. I am a stronger person now, perhaps more keen from where I stood before my error.
I do not see myself doing anything else but to serve my country in the United States Air Force. Though your decision will sadden me if denied of an appointment or admittance to the preparatory school, it will not change me as a person. To be honest I initially intended to serve as an enlisted airman. At no time did I know about the LEAD program until my supervisor brought it to my attention late January. I always like helping out and making changes around me. I was fully aware of what I was getting myself into after taking the Oath of Enlistment. We are a Nation at war. Now, I would like to make that impact at the officer level. I hope now you see the fire that drives me day to day as an Airman of the United States Air Force.
I also did not have to mention anything to my ALO during my interview because I have already mention it in the Form 146. When I was asked "What was your biggest drawback in Life and how did you handle it?" At first I did not mention anything about my law infraction but I mentioned something else. However, I could see it in his eye that I was holding something back. It took me until the end of the interview to spill it out as my guts couldn't handle it anymore.
My ALO pretty much saw past my previous mistake. He saw it as a learning experience, which it is. He was the one that suggested me to include a statement or letter with my package explaining my mistake and how I bounced back from it and came back stronger.
By the way, I don't mean to sound "cheesy" and all, but the letter I attached above came directly from my heart. I just kept typing word for word spilling my heart and guts out telling what I really felt. I barely made any corrections. If any I just added few words to better explain myself.
Why am I telling everyone about this? Because I want to show everyone or anyone, who is applying for anything (scholarships, service academies, etc.) that thinks they are incapable of doing so for any reason,... that anything is possible as long as you never stop trying. Never take no for an answer. Only you, "yourself", can tell you your limit. For me right now that limit is endless.
I have met or heard of people not taking an offer from the AFA Prep School because they would not take anything less than a direct appointment to the AFA. Not because they have other options, but because they just plain wouldn't take it. For the people who declined it because you have other options, I applaud you for putting your eggs into different baskets. For the people who wouldn't just take it, I say take every opportunity positively and think of it as another chance to learn more than everyone else.
My previous mistake really taught me a lot. I have matured so much and I am more appreciative than ever before. For the people who made or will make the same mistake... remember it will only make you a stronger if you take your mistake by heart and swear to never let it happen again.
Ok, lol. I can go on for a long time but I got out of duty about 2 hours ago and I still have work tomorrow. Thanks for the best wishes flymom!