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As an incoming senior in high school, I've been doing a lot of thinking about my future. As of right now, I'm more than likely attending the University of Illinois in Chicago and getting my degree in law enforcement ( hopefully with an internship at CPD, and later, a paying job as an officer ). In responce to this, I've been looking to the National Guard for not only financial aid for college, but for experience in preperation for college. I am still a bit skeptical about joining the Guard, and have come here for some advice on this matter:


a) I have heard that by becoming an MP in the Guard, you open yourself up to full on combat. Is this true? ( while this is'nt a bad thing, it's something I'd like to know before I make my final decision )


b) How long is training for an MP?


c) I've heard deployments are more frequent and a lot longer for MPs than for regular Guard Infantry ( some being overseas for years at a time ), is this true?


 


Thank you for any help that can be given. This would be a huge step in my life, and I'd like to know if I'm making the right decision.

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My suggestion is at your age consider full time active duty. Contact your local recruiting office and inquire. They can answer all your questions. The experience will be good and agencies like former military personnel. You can also ask about college assistance benefits.

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Rate This | Posted about 3 years ago

 

Bump Chief Dennis one one. He has given you some great advise.

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Bump uncledennis. Good sound advice. As for deployment question, I can give you somewhat of an idea. Deployments are seemingly numerous for Soldiers right now, and they typically are the same across the board, not singling out just MP units, Infantry or Engineering units because of the nature of their missions. Of course there are always situations that are out of the norm, but the norm is same duration of tour for the units that come through the gates here.

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Rate This | Posted about 3 years ago

 

BUMP, uncledennis.


I'm retired Military (US Army and Army National Guard). In addition, I currently have a niece that's Active Duty MP. Yes, MP's get deployed to "full on combat". She did. I don't know about the "years at a time" thing. She was only deployed for the year.


Like Uncledennis said, consider Active Duty at your age. It's a great way to start out your adult life. The Military does have an education bonus and will help pay for your college, whether you're Active Duty, Guard or Reserve. Keeping in mind that I've been retird for 12 1/2 years, I cannot begin to tell you all of the current benefits. The Recruiter's Office can answer all of those questions for you.


Best wishes to you.


 


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I retired in 1991 after 20 years active US Army (MP).  In August I will complete 20 years with the Sheriff's Office. Uncledennis was right on... I picked up AA degree while on active duty and my BS degree (thats bachelor of science -) using my gi bill benefits.  Get some experience, see the world, mature some and then most le agencies will snatch you up in a flash. Good Luck !!  "Of the troops and for the troops"

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Let me start by saying regardless of MOS you will most likely be headed overseas, (Iraq or Afghan) keep that in mind. Now on to the MP thing if you go OSUT which is Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training combined its a total of about 16-17 weeks...   if you go active duty you will get a chance to do more Garrison (LE) work,, but depending on where your stationed will determine that, if your on a post like ft. Hood, Bragg, or Lewis for example all the MP units rotate between Garrison duties and going to the field ...  I am a Sgt in the Guard, I was an Active MP also,  I can shed some light on the Guard for you as well.. It depends on your state and how much money your state has, If you want to go to all the good schools, like K9, Traffic Investigator, PSD, SRT i say go Active or Reserve... alot of states dont have the monies to put you on Active orders to go to these schools... Just FYI, and you wont do any LE work when you drill on the weekends, its all training, or cleaning the armory.... but either way, get your college paid for, and get some experience.. and the Infantry always goes first, thats there JOB, ours is to support them..  deployments are a year, with the guard they add your training into that, so say your pre-deployment training was 2 months, then you will only be in IRAQ for ten months. Hope all the info you got helps...