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Leaving the Army to go into Law Enforcement

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Posted almost 2 years ago

 

I have served in the US Army (Infantry) for 8 years and have one year left on my contract> I was looking to get into police work and looking to find out what I can do to get ahead of the game? I have 2 misdemeanors for breach of the peace. When I was a juvenile I had a charge for possession of drug paraphenalia.


What are the chances of getting into a law enforcement career? I have a security clearance and do have one so I don't know if those charges would disqualify me since I do have a security clearance. Any advice?

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Rate This | Posted almost 2 years ago

 

Due diligence, Soldier. You need to do your homework.


Make sure you know what your DD214 says.


Next, check with the law enforcement agency where you want to work. Talk. Yes, actually talk to a Human Resource or Personnel person and compare notes with your personal history and what their hiring requirements are.


What is acceptable for hiring varies from agency to agency.


Also, check out your education. A significant number of departments now require 'some' college credit.


Check with your Army counselor. You may be able to quantify your time in the Army with a number of college credits. For instance, those guys who go through Navy SEAL BUD/S course. That infamous SEAL training program? Yeah, BUD/S gives their graduates college credit.


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Rate This | Posted almost 2 years ago

 

The Sarge is giving good advice My feelings on the matter is stay in the military What happens if you seperate from the military and land a cop job and get laid off due to cut backs. My son is 5 years from retirement with the Army and it was the best move he has made I discouraged him from seeking a career in law enforcement.

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Rate This | Posted almost 2 years ago

 

bump.


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Rate This | Posted almost 2 years ago

 

Also consider starting off as a reserve officer / deputy sheriff while still in the service.  If feasible, you will still get your military paycheck and get valuable on the job experience to boot.

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Rate This | Posted over 1 year ago

 

There are many programs offered (even online) to military members that could help you get a jump start on a 2 yr degree (which is becoming a minimum in the competetive job environment of LEO). Then after your final yr in service, you can spend a year adjusting to civilian life while concurrently finishing up the final year on that degree.