Donât know if I am posting this in the right place .. Can you join the army with a criminal record? I have always been interested in the army and thought about joining but never did anything about it. Iâve been in a bit of trouble before and had a suspended sentence but I am back in court at the end of the month for sentencing on ABH and am told to expect 12 months â 2 years. Iâm 19 so Iâll probably end up in a Young Offenders. With all this shit going on Iâm trying to look to the future and what I can do. I presume if I was able to join the army I would go in with a clean slate and my past wouldnât be held over me. If there is anybody there who was in a similar situation or knew someone who was it would be good to hear what happens.