A Florida state senator filed a bill that would allow selected convicted criminals to enlist in the military in lieu of serving jail or prison time.
Florida Senator Darryl Rouson filed Senate Bill 1356, which would allow defendants who are 25 years old or younger to apply for enlistment in the military instead of jail time. Potential applicants must not be habitual offenders or be facing longer than 4 years in incarceration to qualify to choose military service.
The bill will not allow defendants to choose military service if the primary offense committed doesn’t require a mandatory minimum prison sentence.
Applicants for military service must earn a “minimum acceptable score” on the ASVAB test and complete both basic training and their first term of enlistment. All fines relating to the charges will be required to be paid by the end of the first term of enlistment.
Florida Representative Patricia Williams also filed a similar bill in September, according to. Florida’s 2022 legislative session will begin on Jan. 11.