Air Force Category 4 Criminal Offenses

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

The waiver approval authority is the recruiting squadron commander.

  • Abusive language under circumstances to provoke breach of peace.
  • Altered identification when intent is to purchase alcoholic beverages.
  • Careless or reckless driving (see note).
  • Check: $50 or less, insufficient funds, or worthless.
  • Curfew violation.
  • Committing or creating nuisance.
  • Damaging road signs.
  • Disorderly conduct, creating disturbance or boisterous conduct, disturbing the peace.
  • Driving with suspended or revoked license or without license (see note).
  • Failure to appear, comply with judgment, or answer or disobey summons.
  • Failure to comply with an officer’s direction.
  • Fare evasion (including failure to pay turnstile fees).
  • Fighting, participating in a brawl.
  • Illegal betting or gambling: operating an illegal handbook, raffle, lottery, or punch board.
  • Juvenile noncriminal misconduct: beyond parental control, incorrigible, runaway, truant, or wayward.
  • Liquor or alcoholic beverages: unlawful possession or consumption in a public place.
  • Littering of dumping refuse near highway or other prohibited place.
  • Loitering.
  • Possession of indecent publications or pictures (other than child pornography).
  • Purchase, possession, or consumption of alcoholic beverages by a minor.
  • Racing, drag racing, contest for speed (see note).
  • Shoplifting, larceny, petty larceny, theft, or petty theft (committed under age 14 or stolen goods valued at $50 or less).
  • Tobacco; unlawful possession or purchase
  • Trespass on property.
  • Unlawful assembly.
  • 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 motor vehicle, joyriding or driving without owner’s consent (if the intent was to permanently deprive owner of vehicle--treat as grand larceny/grand theft—auto ( Category 2 )).
  • Vagrancy.
  • Vandalism, defacing or injuring property.
  • Violation of fireworks law.
  • Violation of fish and game laws.

NOTE: These offenses are considered to be traffic related.