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So i am a high school senior, and i have been thinking about joining the army as a military police officer. I do not plan on staying in the military for life, i just want to get a head start on life and take a path that will help me achieve my goal of one day being in a k-9 unit. One of the recruiters i have been talking to has said that i shouldnt set my mind on MP because military law and civilian law are very diffrent. He also said that some police departments will not even take MPs because its hard to transfer over  for most. I want to do military, but im only 17 and my mom said that if i got into anything involving infantry, she will pull her parent consent signature. if anyone has any suggestions on another M.O.S. that will help me transfer over please give advise. I'm open to anything.

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I'd check around with some of your local gencies, or an agency you are interested in.


Unless I'm mistaken, the Laws between the Military and the Civilian world are similar as far as most laws go. The Military also has the Uniform Code of Military Justice, which handles the Laws differently than a civilian court would.


Unless your Recruiter is referring to a few agencies he has dealt with, he may be giving invalid information on Departments not hiring MP's. I have a large amount of Military Veterans on my Department (myself included), and a lot of them were in various Law Enforcement MOS's (different branches of the military).


Let your Mom know it's not just the Infantry that goes to war anymore. My niece has been an MP for about 12 years, and she's being deployed for her 3rd tour in the Iraq/Afghanistan theatres. Incidentally, I'm retired Army Infantry.


Best wishes.


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I definitely agree with my friend Tim, (36TR).I'll go so far as to say your recruiter is WAY off base.Law enforcement agencies are more than happy to hire ex Military.Absolutely Military and civilian laws are quite similar.I am an ex U.S. Army medic.Joining the service following High School is an excellent idea.You may wish to also take college courses,while in the service.Tim is also correct in the fact that pretty much all M.O.S.'s are deployed.Much good fortune in your future endeavors....Dave----Welcome to Police Link.

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Being a former MP and now a Police Officer, I can confidently say that your recruiter has no idea what he or she is talking about. Military Police will give you the basics of what being a police officer is like, on a semi controlled basis. You will have the opportunity to enforce state laws and UCMJ, which is the laws given to Military personnel. You could have a chance to work in such fields as K9, CID(Detective), narcotics, and Corrections. All of these skills can benefit you in transitioning into civilian law enforcement. Also certain states like Florida allows you to use your military police experience as credit towards their police certification, which could shorten your academy length.


As far as deployment goes, the MP corps is one of the most deployed professions within the Army. So don't make that your sole basis for joining or not joining the military, because everyone is not safe from deployment.


Sounds like your recruiter needs to fill some slots that are not MPs. Best bet is if this is what you want, stick to your guns and don't let them tell you that you can't be an MP, unless a different MOS sounds as good to you. Don't forget that Air Force, Navy, and even the Marines have Military Police, and each will offer you different areas of law enforcement, so choose wisely.


Good Luck with everything


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I am a retired US Army Military Police (NCO).. There are some differences in the law and procedures but starting off as an MP will povide you with a headstart on a civilian law enforcement career.  You will learn basic "academy" lessons that will get you through your civilian academy.  I can go on and on - evidence handling, traffic control,  just so much.  Also, very important you will learn how to "talk" to people - which volumes can be written.


Google Military Police -- look for your self, they (in general) have ben deployed more often thanmany other job specilties in the Army.  They are multifacted (sic) and get the job done.  Your recruiter has a quota to meet somewhere -- you set the stage for what you want - what is best for you - go for it -- Of the troops and for the Troops)... MP Motto....


Good Luck

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Thank you everyone for the help/ advise. I will consider all of it when i talk to my recruiter tomorrow. We will be talking about the jobs i qualified for, so if i have anymore questions or even any confusion i will be posting back on here. Once again thank you for taking the time to respond to my question.

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