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10 Things I Learned In the Military I Use on the Street

10 Things I Learned In the Military I Use on the Street

Are you a military veteran or currently in the military and considering a career in law enforcement? 

Are you a current or former member of our armed services, that has a strong desire to be a police officer, state trooper, or sheriff’s deputy, but are not quite sure you possess the right skills?

Are you an active or former military service member that is currently involved in a law enforcement agency’s hiring process?

If you answered “YES” to any of the above questions, then consider the following list of qualities that you likely possess, but may or may not even realize it.  These traits are something all United States military personnel have learned or developed during their military careers. 

Furthermore, these characteristics you likely posses often prove to be invaluable assets when continuing your service in a career in law enforcement.  For the purposes of this article, “law enforcement” is primarily referring to police officers, sheriff’s deputies, and state police personnel.

1.  Dependability – Affording your fellow employees and supervisors the certainty that you will perform you duties to the best of your ability.

Most careers in law enforcement require the individual to work alone for a vast majority of their tour of duty and often with very little supervision.  Therefore, it is important that the person arrives to work on time, performs his or her duties as expected, assists their fellow employees when needed, and ends their tours at the appropriate times. 

2.  Bearing – Creating a favorable impression in your posture, appearance, and personal behavior at all times.

As a member of the United States armed forces, you were taught to stand erect, look sharp in uniform, and act appropriately when on duty or while in public view.  Police officers, deputies, and state troopers must adhere to the exact same discipline.  Failure to do so may tarnish the image of the agency and could result in disciplinary actions.  Furthermore, a professional appearance and attitude will assist all law enforcement officers during the course of their duties and help them to gain the respect of the citizens they serve.

3.  Courage – The mental quality that recognizes fear of danger, but enables a person to proceed with calmness in order to carry out their duties.

Law enforcement officers must enter dangerous and downright scary situations calm, alert and with a sound mind.  Failure to do so either adds to the mayhem or allows it to go on unimpeded.

4.  Decisiveness – The ability to promptly make rational decisions even during times of great stress.

Law enforcement officers – especially while working as part of a SWAT team – often encounter situations where they must decide the most appropriate action to take within a matter of minutes or even seconds. 

5.  Endurance – The mental and physical stamina measured by the ability to withstand pain, fatigue, stress, and hardship.

As a member of the military, you have undoubtedly experienced all four of these.  A career in law enforcement will often test your endurance, and you need to be ready.  Preparing yourself mentally at the beginning of each tour and keeping yourself in good physical condition will assist you in maintaining a high level of endurance.

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  • Eagle_logo_max50


    about 4 years ago


    I really liked this article, especially the part about loyalty.

  • Photo_00002_max50


    about 4 years ago


    As a Military man looking for a Law Enforcement career, I found this article to be very true as well as very encouraging.

  • Photo_user_banned_big


    about 4 years ago


    My son, graduate of West Point, needs to see this. Particularly, it needs to refer to TRUTH-TELLING and PROTECTING the HARMLESS and the INNOCENT from bad Laws. Right? :)

  • Ballistic_shield_photos_018_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Good article and very true.
    My department use to have as part of it’s hiring requirements that you needed 2yrs college or military experience. But recently they removed the military experience part. Now all we get are 20 some thing college guys/girls with no real life experience, who think the world owes them everything.

  • Ocean_max50


    over 4 years ago


    These would be great for use on Fed KSAs also.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    good article and gets right to the fact. lol good old times when it comes to "Hurry up and wait" and "Stand by to Stand by."

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 5 years ago


    As a Military vet a know those traits very well, and will hopefully used them in law-enforcement one day. am in colleage now. so we will see.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 5 years ago


    Texanrider: "#11-"Hurry up and wait." Anyone who has been in the military will understand this!"
    You hit that one right on the money!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 5 years ago


    This is an excellent article. I am toward the back half of my career and understand these qualities, but these are some of the best definitions/applications I have seen. I am going to print a pocket card with these as a reminder to keep these traits honed. These are learned traits and would be beneficial to many if not most occupations. I do lay ministry and can even parallel and see use for them there. If more ministers developed these character traits, we might not see so many problems in the church. If more LEO's actually applied them, we would see less problems there too.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 5 years ago


    Think about what a different world it would be if people posessed these characteristics in all careers and aspects of their life! This is a great inspiration for self inventory!

  • Wil_high_tight_max50


    about 5 years ago


    TexanRider has the #11 down pegged haha. Hurry up and wait. Excellent article!

  • Images_max50


    about 5 years ago


    This is a wonderful article and I'm glad I came across it. I am a Marine and this really hits home.

    Enforcerdude you obviously have some serious mental issues and you hold none of these characteristics written within in this article. Go be a troll somewhere else!

  • Car_004_max50


    about 5 years ago


    awsome artical,, I totally agree!!

    I know I am feeding i nto this but enforcerdude, seriously, just say thank you to a vet and a officer, deputy or trooper and go away. I could go off with stats that justify how the military has protected people in other countries and we have over 104,366 americans burried on foreign soil that fought there and died to protect your rights to be a small minded pain in the a--! They fought to keep the fight from coming here and fought for people they did not know without asking for attention or praise. The police in this country do the same every day, fight to protect and even give their lives inn defense of people thay do not know, again nort seeking attention and/or praise. You seek attention because you are that insecure with yourself. I ask that no matter how upset anyone feels over the mindless rants of this enforcerdude, do not give him what he wants, do not feed him with any response, ignore him, use the disipline we all have to ignor the childish antics of a small mind. Those of us that are here for the right reasons know why we do what we do and those that support us (thank you all) appreciate what we do and the vets out there, suck up and press on! POUND SAND enforcerdude and know any one of us, in any uniform (military or police) will quietly fight for your rights and will gladly respond to protect you when you need us. so again, just say thank you and go away!

    This is the only response I will ever make in regards to enforcerdude........EVER!

  • Wings_max50


    about 5 years ago


    Great article! It speaks well to those who served. These core values are the very thing that is laking in todays society. I would like to see service (not necessarily military, but something in the realm of public service) become a condition of citizenship, and to see citizenship a condition of rights to vote and other privileges that set the course for the future of this country. Right now there are too many ignorant and lazy people who are morally ill equipped that make decisions for the rest of us...

    Enforcerdude, since you have only recently felt compelled to grace this website with your presence on today's date, it is possible that you don't understand what this website is about just yet. May I suggest that you take your misinformed, opinionated babbling to another website where perhaps it is a better fit? I have several suggestions, but I wont do the people who legitimately belong here the disservice of naming them, because thay already know them too.

  • Photo_user_banned_big


    about 5 years ago


    This brings tears to my eyes. Have you read your child's Social Studies TEXTBOOK lately?
    NOT ONE of these principles--Dependability, Bearing, Courage, Decisiveness, Endurance, Initiative, Integrity, Judgment, Tact, Loyalty-- is to be found in the Table of Content or INDEX in ANY Textbook.
    They are principles NO LONGER TAUGHT IN SCHOOLS. Is this sad or what?

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