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I was wondering what you guys think is better. What does every one think about going active or guard at a military police? What are pros or cons? What's does a guard mp do while not deployed? What is it like as a active mp like there daily life? Any information will be great!

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My vote would be active duty. The level of discipline, training and experience is higher because you are saturated in the military lifestyle.
Reservists and guardsmen are in the civilian mindset all but 2-4 days a month and one month a year. ( They still play a vital role in our DOD). If your plan is to have a degree when you EAS the reserves is the way to go.
As far as drill actives your unit will have a training syllabus.
I would really recommend going recruiter shopping. Talk  to guys who are in or were in.
Find what fits your goals and your life.
Good luck


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Thanks jjreid0311 for the reply.

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It depends a lot on what fits your desire and needs.  My perspective is simple, Active duty for a few years to live life and travel at the governments nickle all the while makng money for college.


Come back and you are set in the proper mind set of buckling down and focusing on your education.  While you are doing this you can be performing weekend drills and annual trainings while going to college.  If the college has ROTC, get involved and if it fits your mold complete the program and bid for AC or RC.  You can stay RC, reserve componant, and get a cop job.  All of the experience you gained in the MP's is helpful for obtaining the cop job of your choice.


One thing to mindful of when applying though is don't get into the RC before you get the job, unless you know the agency support guard and reserve because some employers look at the scheduling of reservists as a pain in the six.  Complete the probation and FTO then get into the guard or reserve.  That is not the case everytime, but it does come up in interviews.


With todays current op tempo in the reserves, its no longer one weekend a month and two weeks a year.  Guard and Reserve are getting deployed on multiple rotations due to the size of the AC, active component, so one weekend a month my A$$,  its a great place to go and finish a military career, because a young person needs to think of the future and a second pension will be great when you are at the retirement age.


Starting in the RC is good and transferring to AC works, but if you wait too long, you will loose rank.  I mentioned ROTC, that time counts towards retirement and you can remain in the guard or reserve while in ROTC.  After you graduate college you can do the same or push for active duty again.  With regards to military branches, pick one that gives you a skill you can take away from the military and apply to your civilian career goals.  Look at all branches of service and talk to recruiters and take your time to decide before signing anything.  Get what you want in writing.


Best of luck and happy new year, stay safe and keep us posted how your search goes.  BTW, 22 years US Army recently retired as an MP.  Been in civilian LE for 15 plus years, currently the CSIGUY...

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Thanks alot csiguy for the reply.

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Active duty.

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Thanks Unkledennis1 for the reply.

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There is no better or worse, only what you prefer and what fits your situation better. BTW, I am not a recruiter. You should speak to your local recruiters to get solid intel.


Do you have steady income as a civilian? If not, Active Duty can provide you food, housing, and a steady paycheck.


Do you mind leaving your home? Active Duty will have you stationed on a base somewhere, not necessarily CONUS.


Either component, you will deploy.  The Guard/Reserves role in our national defense has changed drastically during the GWOT. From what I understand, as a Guard MP you will generally be used as another combat arms on deployments, and will not do much on the Law and Order side. Detainee ops and AO security, for example. (I am Infantry, not MP, this is just what I've heard)


I am in in the Guard. I do my drills, go to school, work on the civilian side, and am expecting to deploy by 2012. I enjoy it. Becoming an LEO is my ultimate goal, but I enjoy being a Soldier as well. The Guard gives you the opportunity to do/work towards both.


However, doing Active time has its benefits. A friend of mine is ETSing from the Active Army in September as (hopefully) an E5 and wants to join the Guard. He wants to spend time with the wife he has hardly seen and start utilizing the benefits he has earned, without separating from the military completely. Part of me wishes I had done something similar to this. If you have any specific questions, shoot me a message. Again, I am not a recruiter nor an expert but I'll help if I can.

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I was discharged from active duty as an mp in december. I deployed to afghanistan in 2008 and my units job was to conduct training and patrols with the Afghan police as well as qrf (quick response force) for our province. From what I have heard through some friends still in is that active duty mp's patrolling in garrison will be turned over to civilians, except for patrol supervisors and desk sergeants, who will be military personnel, and will instead be focused on combat missions. I don't know a lot about guard mp duties, but from what i've seen, they do patrolling on some of the bigger bases downrange as well as what we did

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go active you will have a full time paying job and have more chances to attend training cources some of which can be used as college credits. Even active duty you can still get your degree while you are in using TA.