Will record stop my Army dream?
Q I AM 16 and would like to join the Army. It is what I really want to do. Dad says go for it but mum thinks I'll die.
However, the real problem is that when I was about 13 or 14, things were not good at home and I started drinking.
I was with another boy when he stole a car and we got caught, so now I have a criminal record.
I didn't get put away like him, but I got put before the Children's Panel. If I don't tell the Army, can they find out? I have not been in any sort of trouble since then.
A YOU must tell the Army. Give them the full circumstances. My understanding is that it will not ruin your chances - but lying would.
You have kept your nose clean for two years, which proves you learned from it all. So speak frankly to the recruitment officer.
But the Army doesn't suit everyone, so go on a training weekend or camp first to get more of an idea about life in the services.