Asked Oct 20, 2008, 02:43 AM
Hello. I am new to this website. Before I start my story I just want to say many of the people who are helping answer questions from posters like me that God bless your souls and your lucks in lives. I have few issues in my life that may get in the way of joining the military; something I wanted to do when I was 18. I am currently 24.
I have friends, family and a pastor that was at court that would vouch for my personality and this story.. So please listen to me like your son.
1) Like many other people, my life has been a roller coaster. I was a troubled child and grew up with a lot of gang influence. I grew up with only my mother but it was the happiest days of our lives. I was never a violent person, but I believed more in protecting the people that I thought was weak. Stupid move but I have learned many lessons and mistakes to conduct the difference between right and wrong in my life presently. When I was 16 or 17, I was caught with a spray can, bb gun, and screw driver with a friend after we spray canned a wall that wrote "187 (murder) and the name of the gang and my nickname and my gang's name". I took all the blame and my friend got off by just going to boot camp. I instead fled and nobody has ever came to get me until this day.
2) I moved to get away from trouble and I was doing fine. I was going to a high school in a rich neighborhood where gangs were just seen in music videos on BET. It was God's blessing and I grew out of it very quickly. I was preparing for college to have enough credits to be ranked higher in the military while I worked out preparing myself for the DEP (Delayed Entry Program) which I heard would've helped me get one rank higher. I was studying hard while I took AP classes. I even took the pre-asvab test in the Navy office and the recruiter liked my score and wrote me a "recommendation" letter to present to the judge at court. Yes, at court..
One day God gave me a test. I was at a cafe' with a friend (girl) of mine and a guy came looking at me like he was looking for somebody to fight with. I was surprised somebody could look at me that way. It was like he came looking for trouble and I happened to be the guy there. Moments later, he asked me what gang I was from and I answered "I don't do that man. I don't want to fight you or anything" Then he started dancing and threw up his gang signs saying this and that. I will try to make this short as possible.
I walked away 200 feet but he followed me and hit me two times on the head with his fist, asked his friend to go get the gun from the trunk as he hit my friend (girl) and me on the head on his third time. I was wearing slippers and his friend was a pretty big guy so I felt I was in trouble... (Here I was.. Moved away to stay away from trouble and literally trouble has came to me...) Feeling threatened I took out my pocket knife, the blade being smaller then a palm size.. I told him "I don't want to fight you or use this man. What is your problem?" (The only time I used a knife was to cut green onions, no prior record) He replied "Who do you think you are?" and came at me swinging. I closed my eyes and swung and hit his ribs. He looked at his blood and shouted "Hahaha this ain't shiet! You bi**ch !" and came running towards me. (Thoughts rushing in my head: This guy was crazy when he looked at me, hit me for no reasons, possibly has a gun, where is his big friend and is my friend going to be okay.. And lastly if I stabbed this crazy guy how crazier is he going to get?"
I swung again and it stopped. He lost a lot of blood and had critical injuries from second stab. The second stab just happened to get one of his arteries. The jury (8 White Conservative Married Women, 1 Black Female, 1 Black Male, 2 Hispanics) found me guilty of 2nd degree felony aggravated assault with deadly weapon and gave me 10 years probation. Notice how I mentioned the race. The selection of the jury didn't seem fair because the self-defense story was overwhelmed by his injuries told gruesomely by the doctor to the majority 8 conservative white woman whom may have the least experience or prior knowledge of a situation like this. To make the story more sad, the only witness that was mutual from both parties at the scene was suppose to my witness. Somehow the DA got him to go on their side and subpoenaed him. He innocuously lied at court saying we both hit and cursed at each other. We sure did. The guy who hit me cursed with aggravated passion "Fu*k you you little pu*ssy as*s bi*tch" and I just cursed like a normal confused person talking to an angry person trying to hit him like "What the fu*k
do you want from me man?" As of hitting each other? I just raised my hands to block him from hitting me, that's it and I swear that on my family's last name! I am guessing the witness has some history himself for the DA to have power to bring him in instead. The guy who hit me also has a history of drugs and gang history. The house I use to live at with my family with two children was shot 17 times with a gun late at night after I was free. Luckily those children were not at the house at the time. Thank God..
Lastly I had a very bad lawyer. He was so bad, lawyers I met after him told me to sue him.. I was a naive kid meeting the lawyer by myself while my mother worked hard to send the money.
3) I was relieved that I didn't go to jail but I still felt that I was innocent. So I began studying for LSAT, GMAT, and the asvab with the hope of still joining the military. I began visiting recruiting offices and they all said they cannot accept a felon still on probation. As of today, I have 8 years left, I already finished 2.
In a situation like this my brothers and sisters.. What can I do to join the military?
I will do whatever it takes to join the military. I have too many signs from people that I should join the military since I was a child and my heart tells me too. I have always been intrigued by the work and heart of soldiers. I always wanted to be one because I was felt that I was born to help the world not change it. I was always known to help others more then myself. But now I am trying to help myself so I can help others more successfully. I believe this was God's guidance for me to post on this forum and I hope it will be God's guidance that will help everyone.
Your answers will be appreciated and will be with me forever. Military Accepting More Ex-Cons
The article above explains that the military are taking more and more felons but it does not mention anything about felons on probation, especially a person in my scenario.
God bless you all and America.