Hello, I'm a new member here and I joined because I'm hoping to get a solid answer to a question, what I wanna know is: Can I join the Marines with a spent suspended sentence? I've asked careers advisers, my solicitor, even mates I have that are currently serving in The Corps, but nobody seems to know for sure what the correct answer is. Basically 3yrs ago I was given a suspended sentence for assaulting my brother and damaging his flat (trust me, I'm totally ashamed of myself for it) but the whole time I've had the suspended sentence I've kept my nose completely clean, and now it's spent I would love to join the Royal Marines and turn my life around, now I've been told be my solicitor that because it's "just a suspended sentence and not a prison term" I shouldnt have any issues with joining up, and she's even suggested that I probably wouldn't even have to declare it because it wasnt a custodial sentence, but recruiters at my local AFCO have said that I would definitely have to declare it but that also it probably wouldn't be an issue seeing as I've kept my nose clean the whole time l. I've also asked a few mates I know who serve with the 1st amphibious assault squadron in Poole, and a few of them told me that they joined up with actual custodial sentences on their records and they had only to declare it and be honest and they were allowed to join up with practically no issues at all. So, with all these conflicting answers I really don't know what's correct, so I'm here, asking a bunch of former service personnel who may be more educated about it than the people I've asked, any help would be greatly appreciated as I really have my heart set on joining the ranks of the Royal Marines. Cheers lads. SecondChanceSam.