I'm a recent high school grad and I'm thinking about joining the coast guard. I'm waiting on the information packet through the mail and I haven't talked to a recruiter yet, but I'm giving it some real thought already. Anyways, I've racked up quite a tab with the police in my hometown and I'm looking to make a clean break and a fresh start. I was curious as to whether this would present a problem in enlistment. I've got a couple of felonies and some drug charges on my record and I don't know if this will prevent me from joining. I was also curious about the length of time between enlisting with a recruiter and heading to boot camp. I assume the CG is always looking for recruits so this time would be minimal, but I really don't know for certain. Thanks for the help, hopefully!