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    I figured this would be a good spot to get some advice on if I stand a chance or not. As far as all the minimum requirements go for most law enforcement jobs I meet and exceed them. My only problem is when I was 17 I enlisted in the Marines and was sent home from basic after only 6 weeks with a case of depression and failure to adapt. I never saw a therapist and I am fine. At the time I just quit on myself and told them I was depressed, and they sent me home.

    There are no excuses for my actions and I am not trying to make any. It was a mistake I made, and I am just wondering if this has ruined any chance I had in a law enforcement career, either state or federal. I want to have a career in law enforcement to serve my country and make up for my mistake. Has anyone encountered a situation like this before? Any idea if I have a shot or should I not even bother?

    I just have an entry level separation for entry level performance. It does not saying anything else about depression or anything like that. My DD-214 says RE-3F, which means erroneous enlistment.

    Thank you for any advice.

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    All you can do is apply and see. No one can tell you if you do or don't have a chance. To many things involved. I will say that most will ask for a DD-214 and require a Honorable Discharge. I know if you have a General Discharge you can appeal it after 6 months and get it changed to a Honorable. But as for what you have....not sure. But no one on here can tell you. The only way to really get the answer is to call a recruiter or apply.

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    • #3
      How old are you now and have you been put in high stress situations since you were 17? If so have you adapted to them successfully?

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      • #4
        I think it might be a good idea to see a therapist to get a clearance from him, which says that everything is good to go. I think it shows initiative on your part as well. That's just my opinion. Good luck

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        • #5
          Thank you for the responses. SHU, I sent you a private message.

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