Yes you can join with a criminal record as long as you dont have a weapons ban. They dont care what youve done they mould you into a soldier and if they cant you will be gone before BMQ is done.
At 17 years of age in late 1990, I entered the recruitment office in Montreal with parental consent while wearing old school 14 hole Doc Martens, and Punk hairdo and an old leather jacket with misfits patches sown in.... The attending Sergeant simply stated "Infantry!!" at the sight of that Lol.... Six years later, I walked the streets anew as a Civilian a bit wiser, and infinitely more jaded on the mechanics of Life (especially with the memories of a few tours overseas)… Joking aside, clean & respectable attire is recommended.
Une vérification des antécédents criminels est-elle nécessaire chez National Defence and Canadian Armed Forces?
Yes, a background check and a security clearance required.