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Military Experience vs. Masters Degree

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Posted almost 2 years ago

 

Hey Everyone,


 


I saw a post about the importance of a college degree(BA) vs military experience when applying for a job in LE - but what about a masters degree? Does anyone have any info on how a masters degree looks when applying to police departments (I'm assuming it could only help)? I am about to graduate with a BA and am trying to decide if I should get some military experience, pursue a masters degree or start applying to local police departments in my area right out of college.  My ultimate goal is to work in LE on the federal level, so a masters degree and military experience might make me more competitive but is one more important than the other? Anyone else considering theses two options or been in a similar position? 


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Rate This | Posted almost 2 years ago

 

Considering that you want to work at the Federal level of law enforcement, why not try this: finish up your BA, then join the military, get your masters degree, then apply for whatever agency you had in mind. I've heard that most Federal agencies give preference to military veterans (I'm not a veteran or a Federal agent so I can't say for sure).  On the other side of it though, most law enforcement agancies (city, county and state) agencies think very highly of applicants with any kind of Bachelor's degree. You may get into one of these agencies and find that it is what you want to be doing for a career.


Ultimately this decision has to be made by you. Good luck!


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Quite simply,the answer os BOTH.Whatever agency you apply for,be it local,county,state or federal,a great deal of weight is given to both.This question is asked on these forums on at least a monthly basis.I have two bachelors degrees and Army service.Whenever I was engaged in physical combat on the street,which is frequently,in a village of over half a million,I can assure you I relied on my military,not my educational experience.You will receive extra points not only on your entrance exam but on al future promotional exams.You will,in most major departments be compensated for your college credit hours.Most mahjor metro departments will also pay for a great deal of your education.

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My advice is receive your masters degree join the military and go to officers candidate school and stay put for 20 years. You are more secuire in the military and the economy may never be what it once was. Go for the security. My son is 5 years from retiring from the military and I encouraged him NOT to seek a career in law enforcement. I also thought of a career as a nurse. No teasing please boys and girls.

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Brilliant concept by my good friend uncledennis.Army or Airforce R.O.T.C. in college.Graduate as a commisioned officer,decent salary,more respected position ,see the world and serve your country.Furthermore the retirements benies will be much greater than a retired Police Officers.

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uncledennis1 says ...



My advice is receive your masters degree join the military and go to officers candidate school and stay put for 20 years. You are more secuire in the military and the economy may never be what it once was. Go for the security. My son is 5 years from retiring from the military and I encouraged him NOT to seek a career in law enforcement. I also thought of a career as a nurse. No teasing please boys and girls.


 


 


Just to add on to this, officers in the military can get REALLY sweet deals(pay, bonuses, positions).  As an Officer of Security(actual law enforcement) in the Air force, you can enjoy ALL the benefits that any other officer in the military would recieve, PLUS you're serving in the military police field.