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Military PoliceMilitary Police

Keeping the peace at home and abroad.

Military police (MPs) deal with crimes committed on military property or any illegal activity involving members of the Guard. Trained as Soldiers and police officers, MPs play a crucial role in conducting traffic control, corrections, security and mobility support. To keep Soldiers and their property safe, MPs are instructed in area security operations, which includes forced protection, anti-terror and crime prevention functions.

In the event of a disaster, military police act alongside local law enforcement and first responders. MPs rescue those in need or detain civilians who are breaking the law. MPs assist, protect and defend while upholding the rule of law.

  • 31B Military Police

    OVERVIEW
    Military police protect the lives and property on Army installations by enforcing military laws and regulations. They also control traffic, prevent crime and respond to all emergencies.

    JOB DUTIES

    • Law enforcement patrols
    • Interview witnesses, victims and suspects in investigations
    • Crime scene security and processing
    • Arrest and charge criminal suspects


    TRAINING
    Twenty weeks of One Station Unit Training and on-the-job instruction in police methods. Part of this time is spent in the classroom, and part in the field.

    Advanced Individual Training: 9 weeks at Fort Leonard Wood, MO

    Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

    • Basic warrior skills and use of firearms
    • Military/civil laws and jurisdiction
    • Investigating and collecting evidence
    • Traffic and crowd control
    • Arrest and restraint of suspects


    HELPFUL SKILLS

    • Interest in law enforcement
    • Ability to make quick decisions
    • Ability to remain calm under heavy duress
    • Ability to interact well with people


    REQUIRED ASVAB SCORE(S)
    Skilled Technical (ST): 91

    FUTURE CIVILIAN CAREERS
    The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career with federal, state and local law enforcement.


  • 31D Criminal Investigations Special Agent

    OVERVIEW
    Criminal investigations special agents are primarily responsible for investigating any criminal allegations/offenses related to the Army. They handle felony-level crimes that involve Army property and Army personnel.

    JOB DUTIES

    • Investigate criminal activities such as espionage, treason and terrorism
    • Interview witnesses and question suspects
    • Collect/analyze criminal intelligence and provide forensic laboratory support
    • Maintain Army criminal records


    TRAINING
    Fifteen weeks of a resident course, which is designed to teach criminal investigation duties to field units for the Army.

    Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

    • Civil and military laws
    • Investigation procedures and techniques 
    • Crime scene processing
    • Testimonial evidence


    HELPFUL SKILLS

    • Interest in law enforcement
    • Willingness to perform potentially dangerous work
    • Ability to make quick decisions
    • Ability to remain calm under heavy duress


    REQUIRED ASVAB SCORE(S)
    Skilled Technical (ST): 107
    General Technical (GT): 110

    The 31D Criminal Investigations Special Agent Pilot Program is open to applicants interested in Criminal Investigative Division (CID) positions. Successful applicants must complete 31B Military Police One Station Unit Training (OSUT) and the CID Special Agent Course (CIDSAC). Due to the nature of work required of CID special agents, strict qualifications must be met prior to enlistment:

    • U.S. citizenship
    • 21 years of age or older
    • Bachelor's degree or higher in one of the following: criminal justice, forensic science, computer science or pre-law
    • 3.0 GPA or higher
    • Normal color vision (no exception to policy authorized)
    • Valid driver's license and a favorable driving record
    • Favorable credit history
    • No felony or court martial convictions
    • Eligibility for Top Secret clearance
    • Suitable character, integrity, reputation, sobriety, discretion and stability as established by a Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI)
    • No history of mental or emotional disorders

    If you meet the requirements and are interested in the program, contact your local recruiter.

    WARRANT OFFICER TRACK
    311A CID Special Agent

    FUTURE CIVILIAN CAREERS
    The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career with federal, state and local law enforcement.


  • 31E Internment/Resettlement Specialist

    OVERVIEW
    Internment/resettlement specialists are primarily responsible for day-to-day operations in a military confinement/correctional facility or detention/internment facility.

    JOB DUTIES

    • Supervision of confinement and detention operations
    • External security to facilities
    • Counseling/guidance to individual prisoners within a rehabilitative program
    • Records of prisoners/internees and their programs


    TRAINING
    Ten weeks of Basic Combat Training and eight weeks of Advanced Individual Training with on-the-job instruction. Part of this time is spent in the classroom, and part in the field.

    Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

    • Military laws and jurisdictions
    • Self-defense and use of firearms
    • Interpersonal communications skills
    • Search/restraint and custody/control procedures


    HELPFUL SKILLS

    • Interest in law enforcement
    • Physical and mental fitness
    • Ability to make quick decisions
    • Ability to remain calm under heavy duress


    REQUIRED ASVAB SCORE(S)
    Skilled Technical (ST): 95

    FUTURE CIVILIAN CAREERS
    The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career with federal, state and local law enforcement.


  • 27 JAG CORPS OFFICER

    OVERVIEW
    The Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps attorney is responsible for offering legal support that involves military operations. They primarily focus on the areas of criminal law, legal assistance, civil/administrative law, labor/employment law, international/operational law and contract/fiscal law.

    Duty locations include the continental United States and other installations overseas.

    JOB DUTIES

    • Prosecute criminal cases under the Uniform Code of Military Justice
    • Provide legal advice to Soldiers, officers and their families
    • Offer legal reviews, ethics opinions and advice to commanders
    • Represent Soldiers at courts-martial

     

    TRAINING
    Job training for a JAG Corps attorney requires completing the Judge Advocate Officer Basic Course, which involves three phases:

    • Fort Lee Phase: A 12-day military orientation course in Fort Lee, VA, that will give you the time to establish personnel and finance records, purchase uniforms, and receive instruction on several basic areas of military life.
    • Charlottesville Phase: This is a 10.5-week academic course at the Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School in Charlottesville, VA. You will receive instruction on the organization, function and mission of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, as well as an overview of the practice of law in the U.S. Army.
    • Direct Commissioned Officer Course: The final phase is a rigorous six-week course in leadership and tactics at Fort Benning, GA. It’s designed to challenge new Army officers mentally and physically in the classroom/field.


    HELPFUL SKILLS

    • Self-discipline, confidence and intelligence
    • Physical and mental fitness to perform under pressure
    • Ability to make quick decisions
    • Capable of bearing numerous responsibilities

                   
    FUTURE CIVILAN CAREERS
    The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career as an attorney in various positions.


  • 31 Military Police Officer

    OVERVIEW
    A military police officer is responsible for leading the Soldiers who protect lives and property on Army installations.

    Officers supervise the execution of the five military police battlefield functions: maneuver and mobility support operations (reconnaissance and surveillance); area security operations (site security and response); law and order operations (law enforcement and developing host-nation police forces); internment/resettlement operations (military prisoners and enemy combatants); and police intelligence operations.

    JOB DUTIES

    • Lead small, tactical military police units and organizations
    • Advisor to the Army Reserve and Army National Guard


    TRAINING
    Job training for a military police officer requires completing the Basic Officer Leader Course II and 10 weeks of Military Police Basic Officer Leadership Course III in Fort Leonard Wood, MO.

    Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

    • Officer leadership responsibilities
    • Skills and tactics of the Military Police Corps


    HELPFUL SKILLS

    • Self-discipline, confidence and intelligence
    • Physical and mental fitness to perform under pressure
    • Ability to make quick decisions 
    • Capable of bearing numerous responsibilities


    FUTURE CIVILIAN CAREERS

    The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career with federal, state and local law enforcement.



  • 311A Criminal Investigation Division (CID) Special Agent

    DUTIES

    • Investigates felonies and other significant crimes of National Guard interest, as defined by regulation, military and federal law.
    • Plans, organizes, conducts and supervises overt and covert investigations.
    • Examines and processes crime scenes.
    • Collects, preserves and evaluates physical evidence for scientific examination by crime laboratories and use in judicial proceedings.
    • Obtains and executes arrest and search warrants.
    • Conducts raids and task force operations.
    • Interviews and interrogates victims, witnesses, suspects and subjects, and obtains written statements executed under oath.
    • Develops, evaluates and manages informants and other sources of criminal intelligence.
    • Represents the Guard's interest in investigations conducted collaterally with the Department of Defense, Department of Justice, and other federal, state and local investigative agencies.
    • Maintains close working relationships with attorneys of the Staff Judge Advocate and the United States Attorney's Office, and testifies at courts-martial, federal district court and other judiciary tribunals.
    • Writes, reviews and approves technical investigative reports.
    • Conducts and supervises technical surveys of Guard elements and activities which analyze and detect ongoing crime, and recommends actions to prevent crime which could result in significant economic loss and reduced combat effectiveness.
    • Conducts personnel security vulnerability assessments for designated senior Guard officials.
    • Provides personal security for designated Department of Defense (DoD) executives, visiting foreign officials and other key officials.
    • Performs hostage negotiations.


    MINIMUM PREREQUISITES

    • Be a Sergeant (E-5) or above serving in Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) 31D
    • Two years' criminal investigative experience with United States Army Criminal Investigations Command (USACIDC) (nonwaiverable for enlisted Army personnel); will consider accreditation from other services such as Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI), Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS), etc.
    • Demonstrate potential for successful performance under minimal supervision as a team chief, special agent-in-charge or operations officer
    • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution; degree requirement may be waived to 60 semester hours by CID command, assuming applicant is otherwise qualified
    • Have a Top Secret clearance based on a Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI)
    • Management abilities and good communication skills

     
    NOTE: Army National Guard programs and benefits are subject to change. Your local warrant officer recruiter has the most up-to-date information about job availability and bonuses in your state.

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