Today's Military:

Law Enforcement, Security and Protective Services Careers


The Military Services have their own police forces and fire departments. These enlisted specialists investigate crimes committed on military property or which involve military personnel, and they protect lives and property on base from fire, theft and other emergencies. Military police and firefighters do many of the same things as civilian officers and firefighters: control traffic, prevent crime, put out fires and respond to emergencies. While this can make for an exciting day, equal importance is placed on the prevention of incidents that require these personnel to leap into action. Prevention includes briefing personnel about how to keep such incidents from happening.

Possible Responsibilities

  • Guard correctional facilities and other military installations
  • Investigate criminal activities
  • Interview witnesses and arrest suspects
  • Operate pumps, hoses and extinguishers
  • Drive firefighting trucks and emergency rescue vehicles
  • Inspect aircraft, buildings and equipment for fire hazards
  • Teach fire protection procedures

Helpful Attributes

Useful school subjects include government, speech and general science. Helpful attributes include:

  • Interest in law and legal proceedings
  • Being calm under pressure
  • Willingness to perform potentially dangerous work

Training Provided

Job training consists of classroom instruction. Sample courses include:

  • Firefighting Procedures
  • First Aid Procedures
  • Civil and Military Laws
  • Investigation and Evidence Collection Procedures and Techniques
Law Enforcement, Security and Protective Services Careers.

Possible Military Job Titles

Related Civilian Jobs

  • Police Officer
  • Security Guard
  • Private Investigator
  • Correction Officer
  • Firefighter
  • Emergency Care Technician

Related Career Fields

Law Enforcement, Security and Protective Services – Officer
Environmental Health and Safety – Enlisted
Combat Operations – Enlisted

Related Resources

Enlisting in the Military
Boot Camp
Education Support
Skill Training

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