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Egale_max50

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Posted over 7 years ago

 

For those of you who have former military experience, do you think it has helped you on the streets? My dream is to work in the law enforcement field. I do not have any military experience though. For those of you that are an LEO with no military, do you wish you would have joined the military?

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RJ

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Yes, only in so far as the basics: command presence, 360 awareness, attention to detail, professional bearing, and such...

Law Enforcement can be described as paramilitary, with a uniform, chain of command, concept of organizational teamwork, etc.

But, it is far from a requirement, and if you have decided to pursue a criminal justice career, you don't have to detour off to the military. I'm a strong believer of service to this country, but if you're only going to serve to try to build a resume favorable to law enforcement, then I would say pass.

If you do decide to serve, I would look into the Air Force, Special Police Force (SPF) as they have regular Peace Officer duties such as patrol, or even the Coastguard- if that's an option for you. Both have reserve options available - and I would go that route so you don't sign your life away for x number of years and get into something you won't enjoy.

Good luck!

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Lt. Dan pretty much sum'd it up for ya........goodluck. If you go the SPF route just don't expect civilian cops to accept you just because you're an SPF......I see tons of oral boards where Military Police think they're in like flin since they're Po-lice.......not always the case.......

The military is huge on developing young men/women into TRUE Mature adults......if ya don't believe me......join the military and when you get out..........go visit your ol' buddies............

It was a life saver for me and I wouldn't trade it for the world..........Goodluck Moose...

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mooseman, this is coming from an active duty military police officer. Yes being a military police officer does help you alot more than some guy coming out of college. Like previously stated you come out of the military totally different. As in my case I have been offered by every state police agency that I have lived in. Tell me what other agency than the military can you get radar certified, go through K-9 training which is hands down the best you will ever recieve, take domestic violence classes, actually patrol and police against trained killers. There is a reason every fort I have been to have requested our assistance so many times. We don't mess around. We are well trained and disciplined. Oh yeah what other civillian agency can you get secret, top secret or confidential security clearance. You can't unless it is a federal law enforcement branch, which as MP's we are federal agents. The only thing though with the war on terrorism you will not work as a police officer, you will be a combat MP. So if you have any questions on anything related to the military you can shoot me an email, I will be glad to answer any questions.

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Most of the former military at my department, myself included, are grunts. We have one guy that was a cop in the Navy, but everyone else was infantry. I don't think that the military experience in and of itself assisted me in getting hired, but it did help me as a person. The world of a cop today is harsh. The people you are dealing with can smell fear, and if you don't get out of your car with command presence, and show that person that you are not there to play, then you can get killed. Like someone mentioned above, the military teaches you about 360 degree awareness and that you need to always be alert. Something else it teaches is the 24/7 routine. There are many officers out there that take off their uniform, and think it is over. I always have a gun on me, because you never know when that person you arrested 3 years ago is going to recognize you before you do them.

Egale_max50

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Thank you for all the replies. I'm 33 and I sometimes wish I would have joined the military. I take martial arts and they teach us to always be aware of our surroundings. I can only imagine how important it must be to be aware of your surroundings being an LEO. I have a few friends that are LEO's and they always carry a weapon when out of uniform. I have one friend that works for the local Sheriff's department. He has done numerous undercover narcotics stings. He has a tendency to go to the next county to take his family to dinner and to shop. Has anyone ever had a close call when out with the family?

I am scheduled to take a test in July for a local police agency here in western NY. I can't wait!

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IM NOT AN LEO YET, I AM WORKING ON THE ACADEMY RIGHT NOW, BUT I HAVE PRIOR MILITARY EXPERIANCE, IM HOPING THAT IT HELPS ME IN THE LONG RUN. I GUESS IF IT EVER GETS TO WHERE ILL HAVE TO USE MY MILITARY EXPERIANCE THAN ITS SOMETHING OTHER THAN EVERYDAY DUTY.

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I'm an Army MP, been to Iraq twice and I can definietely say yes, military service helps in LE, but don't think of it as a requirement or anything. The things we have gotten into in the sandbox have definitely helped me stay calmer and better deal with situations here, instead of letting the adrenaline take over, I feel that I can better control it back here. Nothing compares to automatic gunfire and IEDs to prepare you for teh streets back here. Thankfully, we don't have all of that to deal with in the US. Military discipline helps too as most agencies have some level of military trait to them, from customs and courtesies to the wear of the uniform. Plus, PT helps you out too, lets you understand the importance of staying in shape.

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Yes it did!


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It does help alot I think. As for being able to speak to people and communication with administrative types.

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Good background, gives you a great base to work of off