Air Force Category 3 Criminal Offenses

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AFRS Instruction 36-2001, Air Force Recruiting, lists the below offenses as Category 3 Moral offenses. This list is just a guide. The Air Force will consider violations of a similar nature or seriousness as a Category 3 offense. When in doubt, the Air Force will consider any offense in which local law allows for confinement for over 4 months, but less than 1 year or more as a Category 3 offense. A conviction or adverse adjudication for any of the offenses listed is disqualifying for entry into the Air Force.

The waiver approval authority is the recruiting squadron commander.

  • Adultery.
  • Assault (simple).
  • Breaking and entering a vehicle.
  • Check: insufficient funds (amount more than $50, worthless, or uttering with intent to defraud or deceive).
  • Conspiring to commit a misdemeanor.
  • Contempt of court (including nonpayment of child support or alimony required by court order).
  • Contributing to the delinquency of a minor (including purchase of alcoholic beverages).
  • Desecration of a grave.
  • Discharging a firearm through carelessness or within municipal limits.
  • Drunk in public, drunk and disorderly, public intoxication.
  • Failure to stop and render aid after an accident.
  • Indecent exposure.
  • Indecent, insulting, or obscene language communicated directly or by telephone.
  • Killing a domestic animal.
  • Leaving the scene of an accident (hit and run) involving no personal injury.
  • Liquor or alcoholic beverages: unlawful manufacture or sale.
  • Malicious mischief.
  • Resisting, fleeing, or eluding arrest.
  • Removing property under lien or from public grounds.
  • Slander.
  • Shooting from a highway or on public road.
  • Shoplifting, larceny, petty larceny, theft, or petty theft (committed at age 14 or older or stolen goods valued over $50).
  • Stealing property or knowingly receiving stolen property.
  • Unlawful or illegal entry.
  • Unlawful use of long distance telephone lines or any electronic transmission method.
  • Use of telephone or any electronic transmission method to abuse, annoy, harass, threaten, or torment another.
  • Wrongful appropriation of a motor vehicle, joyriding, or driving without the owner’s consent. If the intent was to permanently deprive the owner of the vehicle, treat as grand larceny or grand theft—auto ( Category 2 ).