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 Hi, to start out, I am 18 and I plan on working with a civilian police agency when I am of age. However I want to go into the military first. Mainly to gain better discipline, and to gain practical experience in some form of LE work. I have narrowed my choices of branches down to Coast Guard and Army.


 


Now my question is, which one has a "better" LE type of work. I know every branch is unique and has its pros and cons, however, I figured I'd ask cause im stuck between the two of them. Any helpe would be greatly appreciated. 

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Although the Army was good enough for me, your parameters make me lean toward the Coast Guard.


""Life is a storm.. You will bask in the sunlight one moment, be shattered on the rocks the next. What makes you a man is what you do when that storm comes"
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Just like every deparment and agency, the military branches them selves excell in different areas.


Marines are great for discipline and tough of the tough.


Army advancement is pretty good and lots of excellent training.


Coast Guard- has a great drug program.


Air Force- you'll be treated the best and have the best euipment available.


Navy- we are taught to be extremely adaptable. Most of your training will be sea based, but will apply to anything not just ships.


Remember as far as I am aware, most civilian agenies don't really care what you did in the military as long as you were a good service member and were honorably discharged.


Economy is even bad for the military, they are down sizing as well. Research all of this... ALL OF THIS.


Good Luck.


Red


 

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I'm retired Army 22 years non commissioned and retired commissioned, majority as an MP, but logisitics was a fine place for me to excell as well.

My recommendation is to see which one is giving you the best deal v. the other. Any schools, specialty assignments and or "adventure training" that is out there and you can qualify for be sure to get it written into your contract, other wise you will not get it. If they tell you they don't do that anymore then they are lying to you and you can trust that your recruiter will not be a straight shooter. Stand your ground and get everything that you want and what you are qualified for. Best of luck in your endeavor and choose the one with the best deal for what YOU want out of your service time, as it gives back what you put into it...

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I thank you all for your valuable input and advice. I am continuing to look into the two branches and possibly even the Air Force. I guess I just want to have that municipal police expierence. You know, answering calls for service and responding to emergencies. And I seem to be getting the run around from the recruiters on everything, but that goes with their job.

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As a member of the US Air Force I would be a little jaded, however I will throw out there if you want a more pure LE experience the Coast Guard is the way to go. The coast Guard has more Law Enforcement jurisdiction. Because they are members of the Department of Homeland security unless they are called to war, they do not fall under the Posse Comitatus act. Both the Army and USAF MP's have more of a war mission focus first and LE is a secondary issue if you will. And as I mentioned neither the Army or the Air Force have LE jurisdiction outside of military areas. 

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CATMguy45: I looked into the Coast Guard as my first choice, however I am unable to contact my recruiter and the other recruiters I contact in my area and they can't give me a straight answer on getting a Rating. Not only that, there is a fairly long wait list to get any job with the USCG right now. I don't mind having a war mission focus first, because after deployment I could come back and go back to work as a police officer on base correct?

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I'll throw my .02 in, I'm a USAF MP like catmguy and If I could turn back the clock I probably would have went into the CG. Reason being the Coast Guard has the only accredited federal law enforcement training in the military. Don't get me wrong I love my Air Force and I've had a great time being security forces but if you 'know' LE is your thing I think you'll find a good home in the Coast Guard.


Also the Army is downsizing 50k Soldiers and the AF is downsizing 20k Airman. Its not uncommon for a potential recruit to wait 6-8 months these days. I imagine you'll have to play the 'waiting game' for any branch these days, might as well go with the one you want. Cheers

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CATMguy45: I looked into the Coast Guard as my first choice, however I am unable to contact my recruiter and the other recruiters I contact in my area and they can't give me a straight answer on getting a Rating. Not only that, there is a fairly long wait list to get any job with the USCG right now. I don't mind having a war mission focus first, because after deployment I could come back and go back to work as a police officer on base correct?



 


Problem is in the AF you are not just a police officer, you are also a security guard for our nation's biggest weapon systems. There is more of a need for security than LE. So you will spend 20% of your time as LE and 80% of your time as a security guard. However you will now receive federal post certification so there are some advantages. Good luck in whatever direction you end up going.

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The Coast Guard has the best Law Enforcement training to me think back I wish I went with my buddy to the Coast Guard for Law Enforcement but I went Marine Corps. But anyways the Coast Guard has Federal Law Enforcement Training Center is in Charleston, SC it's over 9.3 weeks. Check out Youtube search Coast Guard Maritime Law Enforcement Academy.