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Although I want to become a civilian police officer, I have always considered going into the military beforehand, and possibly being an MP. I believe it would be a very good experience for me, and I definitely think it could help me transition into the role of a civilian police officer a little easier than just going in as a total rookiee. I've spoken with officers who went into the police force that way, and they highly recommend the military to me.


With that being said, I decided a couple of months ago that it wouldn't hurt to check into military careers and various branches. I have decided to apply to the Florida National Guard, as there are NG MP positions open at a location near me. A representative contacted me earlier today, and I will probably be meeting a recruiter sometime in the next few weeks. I have never spoken with a recruiter before, and have been warned by many people to be very careful when dealing with them. From your experience and/or knowledge about the military, what are some relevant and very important questions that I need to be asking? And what conditions should I, or should I not, agree to further down in the application process?


Also, this sounds like a stupid question, but would me being a 5' 2" tall, 20 year old female disqualify me in any way from being eligible to become an MP? I know eligibility is based on ability, qualifications, and hard work, all of which I have and am willing to commit. I'm a pretty tough chick and I love a good challenge. I would definitely like to hear what an insider's point of view on my chances of being a female MP are though.

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Well, Marlene. Wish I could help ya out with the Recruiter question. When I dealt with a recruiter, well let's just say you weren't even thought of yet (lol).


One common sense question, though: What is the total elistment obligation? (when I went in, total obligation was 6 years - if you enlisted for 4, you had 2 in the inactive reserve). I'm thinking that has changed. Also, where will your training take place, the chance of deployment (yes NG units have gone to Iraq/Afghanistan)


As far as a height requirement, can't help ya there. You may try to Google it (or maybe someone who is active now can answer that).


Best wishes!!!


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I was a member of the national guard at age 19. Joined a military police (MP) unit. Keep in mind this was 1970 and things do change. I recall testing and then being sworn in. Most enlistments at the time were six years. For your protection execute a contract which assures you will be an MP. Best to you.

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Thank you both for the advice! Definitely helpful. I'm still not sure if the military is something I want to do yet, but I figured it wouldn't hurt to further explore my options and interests.

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Marlene, I am a Department of the U.S. Army Detective Sgt. You shouldn't have any trouble being an MP we have several very short guys and gals stationed at Fort Stewart, GA. If this is something you want to do you should it is great experience for the job. I started as an MP in 1992 then went into civilian law enforcement after that it helped me alot. I was a police officer, deputy sheriff, and a FDLE Drug Task Force Agent before coming back to work for the U.S. Government as a civilian detective. Good luck with your career.

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Be careful when dealing with recruiters.  They will make promises they cannot keep. I would suggest that you get everything in writing, if they tell you someting that sounds to good to be true. As far as your size, you will be fine. Just don't let the recruiter sell you someting you do not want. If he tells  you, you are better suited in another type of job but the one you want to work in, so see another recruiter.  Don't sign any papers until you are sure of what you are signing.


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JIMROCK has given some excellent advice. Another thing to consider is have an attorney view the contract or paper work. It is an investment so cover your bases. Recruiters are under the gun to produce and  will sell you out to make their quota.

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Thank you for the tips! Definitely am going to see an attorney before I sign anything, if it gets to that point.

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uncledennis1 says ...



JIMROCK has given some excellent advice. Another thing to consider is have an attorney view the contract or paper work. It is an investment so cover your bases. Recruiters are under the gun to produce and  will sell you out to make their quota.



Amen brother!


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Recruiters are not your friends but definitely not your enemies. They have a certain obligation to meet and consequences if they don't. That being said the ball is in your court. You want to be an MP? Great as long as you meet the minimum requirements ( no criminal record, clean bill of health, in good shape, etc.) then you can get it. There also is usually a bonus for signing up. There are also schools such as airborne and air assualt that you can be guaranteed in your contract. I would recommend trying for one if not both of these schools. When you meet with the recruiter they will have have basic questions and also have you fill out paperwork. Some of it is just basic information, while the rest is basically you saying that you want to do this and will go to MEPS ( military entrance processing station or something to that effect) You will then go there and do your physical and drug test and then sign your actual contract. This is where you have to be careful. The recruiter could tell you that you can get a bonus and get schools but then the people at meps will tell you that they are unavailable. If you get to meps and they can't give you what you want then don't sign. You can just leave and wait until the benefits you want are available. I signed up as an MP in 2003 and when I went to MEPS there was a 10,000 sign on bonus. I didn't get it because that week there were no openings in any units near me and they double slotted me into a position.  Dont let yourself get screwed over. If you want something that isn;t available now just wait it out. Hope this helps

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I was a member of the national guard at age 19. Joined a military police (MP) unit. Keep in mind this was 1970 and things do change. I recall testing and then being sworn in. Most enlistments at the time were six years. For your protection execute a contract which assures you will be an MP. Best to you.



Not too far behind ya UncaD. 1977.


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Thanks again for the advice from everyone! I was successfully processed at MEPS and sworn into the Air Force on Monday, October 3rd. Now just waiting for my MOS to be finalized and to receive a shipping date to BMT. Super excited! :)

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Congrats, Marlene!!!! What MOS are you looking at?? Still looking in to the Police Force (I think the Air Force calls them SP's).


Keep us posted!!  :)


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Thank you!! I'm hopefully going to be in Security Forces (the AF MPs), just waiting on an open spot for that job:) I'll keep you updated!

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Figured you were still looking at that!! Best wishes to you, Marlene!!!


Definately keep us posted, and once you head out to Basics, keep in touch when you can.


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Marlene, by all means continue to apprise us on this journey. Timmy (36TR) and I are your biggest cheerleaders. Attend all the schooling you can. You may even wish to consider a career. Best to you young lady.

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uncledennis1 says ...



Timmy (36TR) and I are your biggest cheerleaders.



Yes, we are. But you're not gonna find me in one of those short skirts, Unca D!!!  (roflmao). That's also why I'm not a bagpiper - ain't got the legs for it!! (bwahahahahahaha)


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Please be careful, remember to do YOUR own research.


I didn't care what branch it was, I put my name in a website data base, and I said to myself the first branch that gets to me and can promise me what i want (MP slot) I will go to... and wham bam, here I am in the Navy- I love it. But I lucked out. Look at structures and how each branch conducts themselves. Good Luck!


Also 5'2?? I'm 5'6. I had a girl in my class that was maybe 5 feet tall and 110 pounds soaking wet. She did just fine. Don't limit yourself because of you size, use it to yoru benefit- people fall easier the lower you hit them :).


 

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MarleneS6 says ...



Thanks again for the advice from everyone! I was successfully processed at MEPS and sworn into the Air Force on Monday, October 3rd. Now just waiting for my MOS to be finalized and to receive a shipping date to BMT. Super excited! :)



 


Sorry I just saw this post! Dang it!


CONGRATS!


Military is a fun wild ride! enjoy!

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Haha thank you Redlight!!! :)