I have read the factual careers advice thread at the top of the page, but figured I would ask for a generalisation any way. I have been thinking of joining the navy for some time and went in to apply a few weeks ago, filled out the forms etc. This was spurred on by being fired from my previous employ for breach of policy, for moving money between tills for till balances without managerial supervision. However it turns out that since then some money was found to be missing, I was blamed and could not provide any evidence to the contrary (I would like to state I did not take it, although not my dream job I did enjoy it and it paid my way in life while I got my career sorted, I had worked there 9 years in a position of trust and maintain that if the company was trying to downsize I would have been kept on as it was common pratice to move money in that way regardless of the policy) and I have been been charged & given a community service order by the local magistrates court. This will remain on a criminal record for 5 years before it is spent. So what I need to know is can I join still after I have done my community service or do I need to wait 5 years for it to leave my record? Any advice would be appreciated my local navy office isn't open until the 4th and I'm really worried this will affect my career in the navy, as was trying to join as officer. I will also be appealing the courts decision, but due to lack of evidence my solicitor isn't hopeful.