“In other words, a judge's authority does not extend into a recruiting office, making the "join the military or go to jail" trope largely symbolic. In 2006, a New York judge offered Michael Guerra, a man facing a year in jail after pleading guilty to aggravated assault charges, the chance to join the Army. The Army, however, rejected the proposal.”
Seems like the military doesn’t agree.
Unless Drill Instructors can go “old school” on these misfits, I don’t see any benefit but weakening the military.
Don’t be fooled. The military is getting plenty of volunteers.