Today's Military:

Law Enforcement, Security and Protective Services Careers


The Military Services have their own police forces to protect lives and property on military bases and to patrol our coastal waters. Law Enforcement, Security and Protective Services officers command military police units that enforce laws and investigate crimes. They also plan and direct programs to protect property, communications and classified information. Aspects of forensic science and detective work are other parts of careers in this field.

Possible Responsibilities

  • Manage military correctional facilities
  • Supervise the arrest, custody, transfer and release of offenders
  • Plan and direct criminal investigations
  • Develop policies and programs to prevent crime
  • Help in ballistics, forgery, fingerprinting and polygraph examinations

Helpful Attributes

Useful fields of study include sociology, criminal justice and public administration. Helpful attributes include:

  • Interest in law enforcement and crime prevention
  • Comfortable directing others

Training Provided

Job training consists of classroom instruction. Sample courses include:

  • Management of Security Problems
  • Investigation Procedures and Reporting
  • Military Law
Law Enforcement, Security and Protective Services Careers.

Possible Military Job Titles

Related Civilian Jobs

  • Police Chief
  • Prison Warden
  • Security Manager
  • Chief Inspector
  • Deputy Sheriff

Related Career Fields

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

Related Resources

Officer Commissioning Process
Officer Training
Service Academies and Military Colleges

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