Yes, the United States Marine Corps will conduct a background check.
Here’s what you need to know about background checks:
Background checks vary state-to-state. The good news is that if you live in one of these states, they only go back seven years:
- New Hampshire*
- New York*
(* sometimes certain pay or salary bracket positions require one.)
And the eight states on this list aren’t concerned with any not guilty verdicts:
- Indiana (limited check)
- New York
However, be aware if you live in one of the states on this list. They can and will see your entire record, including any cases where you were found not guilty:
- Indiana (extensive check)
- New Jersey
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- West Virginia
We did some due diligence in finding out their ratings. Glassdoor.com gives them 4 out of 5 stars. The best part of the job is the education that comes from serving in the military. The drawbacks are that it can be physically demanding with long deployments.
What felonies the US Marine Corps will not hire
They never told us what charges would cause them to turn you away before an interview. The next section has more details.
What felony convictions might have a hard time getting hired here?
Does the United States Marine Corps hire felons? It looks like they do, with a signed waiver. Without one, you don’t have your gun rights — essential for the military. That waiver will be required before you can get a job here.
However, there are certain felonies even a waiver won’t cover. Sex crimes, embezzlement, extortion, grand theft and involuntary manslaughter are examples of crimes that may not be covered.
Driving convictions such as a DUI may also disqualify you from jobs that require you to drive military vehicles.
Does the US Marine Corps hire sex offenders?
We don’t know, but it will be more difficult to get on with them if you have one.
Does the US Marine Corps drug test?
Yes, reports show they will perform drug testing.
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