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I'm considering enlisting into the national guard in order to get leadership and combat skills that would help me get a job at an agency. If I pursue this route, chances are I will pick mental health as my MOS. I was wondering if my military training and specialization would make me a better candidate in the application process? Or is it better for me to get a CJ degree? Keep in mind that my end goal is either working for the fbi or detective work.

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Rate This | Posted about 4 years ago

 

If memory serves correctly, the FBI requires a minimum 4 year degree and they have certain things that they do look for.  Things like Psychology, Accounting, Computer skilled degrees and many other types of degrees that would assist in the "white collar" criminal investigation, although many practical degrees are looked at favorably also.  As for their standards, you might want to check out their website to see just what they are looking for.


As for the military, mental health is an interesting degree. . . .not saying good or bad, but just interesting.  Otherwise, the military will give you the confidence that may/may not be missing in your life right now.  It will also teach you how to prioritize (otherwise known by the french word "triage") your work. . . .especially in times of stress and chaos.  As for the CJ degree, I can't speak to how much weight it would hold or not as I do not have a degree and one was not (still not) needed for my department.


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What's interesting about mental health specialist? I am always fascinated with how criminals think and the psychology of the crime. Originally I wanted to pursue forensic psychology but realized i want to be more in the field and be more involved in investigations. Also, does anyone know if what they teach you in training could carry over for the bachelors

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The FBI requires a BS/BA Degree.