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Posted over 1 year ago

 

 Hey guys, I know this is similar to some question I ask awhile back. I haven't had any real good feed back. I'm 18 years old and really thinking of going in to the Air Force. I'm going to a recruiter next week, but I want to ask you guys who have been in the military and are in the law enforcement community. I want to be an officer later on. My dream is k9. I know you have to prove your self on the street and put in your time before even trying out for it. So please don't jump on me for saying that. I know in my previous questions I've said that and then most of the replies say I'm way ahead of myself. Don't get me wrong I love you guys advice so I hope I don't affend any one. Ok, I got way off topic. I was thinking of security forces. Would that help me out in the long run? Also you guys that are doing it could give me advice too that would be awsome. Thanks in advance for reading this and I hope I didn't rant to much. 

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Rate This | Posted over 1 year ago

 

 Nothing you do (in or out of the military) will make you a "shoe in" for LE...but what you do could make it easier for you to succeed once you're there.  Every time you interview for a position, your qualifications, training, experiences, and past behavior will be examined and compared to other applicants.


when it comes to specialized assignments like K9, you should look at what those positions really do and seek experiences that could be applied. For example, it would not be necessary to have already been a dog handler or trainer...other tasks include tracking/trailing, S&R, or being in good shape, with orienteering training, would be applicable. Also assignments that expose you to search tactics, communications, team coordination/logistics, could apply too.


see where I'm going with this? Get a variety of job experiences so that your a well rounded applicant. No one needs or wants a one trick pony. It will be up to you when you interview to point out how your past training and experiences can be applied to the position you seek...because they may not realize what they've been missing before you came along.


I managed 5-star hotels before I became a LEO, now I'm a detective assigned to support my agency's SWAT team...I use the skills I developed while working all those years at the hotels all the time.

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Rate This | Posted over 1 year ago

 

 Thanks you for your reply. That was great advice. 

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Rate This | Posted over 1 year ago

 

I agree with Metro. You do not need to be in an LE military MOS to gain the experience that a department will look for. Stay in shape, stay OUT of trouble and try to take some classes while in the military. Take spanish!!! If you become proficient enough in spanish to pass the language test that will be a big plus, also some departments pay more for second language speakers.


If your deadset on doing LE in the military I would suggest Coast Guard. I do not suggest security forces, they are not very LE orientated at all. They are much more, force protection and protection level resource orientated.


Hope that helps.

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Rate This | Posted over 1 year ago

 

Greetings,


retired MP 22 years of service both enlisted and Officer.  Retired as an Officer, as to your pursuit I can only say first off check out all of the branches thoroughly and find the one that best suits your goals and what you expect to gain out of military service.  As was said, military service is not an in for an LEO Career, but it looks good during the application process.  I can tell you the reasons why, but bottomline up front is join and serve several years because right now there is no jobs out there. Go to school while you serve and pursue a degree.


As far as LEO training in the military I would check out seriously the Coast Guard because they are the only branch that is performing a real world LEO Mission right now.  AF SP's have changed from their traditional role and the Army MP is more combat orientated right now everything has gone civilian LEO supporting the the military (DOD).  Once in serve active duty then come out in the Reserve and get the retirement while you pursue your civilian LEO job search.  Best of luck and check everything out and get it in writing as far as everything you want out of the military...

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Rate This | Posted about 1 year ago

 

Hello,


 


I am a dog handler in the Air Force.  The one thing you need to remember is that you cannot go straight into K9 you have to wait until your retrain window.  That is 36 months for 4 year enlistee and 48 months for 6 year enlistee.  You have to have your 5 level upgrade (Career Development) you will get the booklets upon completing your intial training at your first duty assignemtn (lackBMT and Tech School do not count as a duty assignement. 


I have been doing K9 for 8 years and I enjoy it but the civilian side of the career field is not so easy.  Most departments wont care if you have prior training or experience.  It all comes down to time on the force and most departments are 5 years before you can even think about it.  It is career suicide in someways since you are stuck as a dog handler until you make E-6 or seperate from the military.  If you have any questions just feel free to contact us.

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Rate This | Posted about 1 year ago

 

 This topic is a month old and I am not sure the original poster (OP) has already enlisted.


Being a canine handler in the military has some advantages. Being a K9 handler in SPEC OPS is even a step up.


The bridge to law enforcement is slim but it is there. Having s-o-m-e exposure to dog work does help but does not guarantee a slot with an agency.


Also, some things to remember: You live with the dog, you feed the dog, you clean up after the dog, everything you own gets dog hair on it, you get calls that no one can do and you most likely will take the dog home when his tour is up. The dog will become a family pet and will likely die with your family. If you l--o--v--e dogs, you might want to consider that K9 position. A canine is a resource in law enforcement...just another use of force.


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Rate This | Posted about 1 year ago

 

Good advice given. Departments like prior military. I would also suggest a career in the military. Learn spanish and get your degree. How old are you? How much college do you have?

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Rate This | Posted about 1 year ago

 

As a military retiree, with prior law enforcement and more than 25 years law enforcement in the Air Force, I too would stronly suggest a college degree before going in.  Most of the young troops are so busy these days, they don't have time to comp[lete their education and the become disparaged when they get out and try to move on.  Now they have to get their dergee before anyone wants to look at them.  Just my 2 cents worth. 


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