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Corrections Officers

Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

Work Environment

Corrections officers in the Military usually work in offices while planning and directing law enforcement and security activities. They may work outdoors while directing investigations, observing prisoners, and inspecting security systems.

  • Military Status

    Officer

Overview

Corrections officers are responsible for the security and safety of prisoners and operation of the brig. They are responsible for the overall security of facilities housing prisoners. They manage the receipt, custody, and release of prisoners. Additionally, they establish a system of incentives and privileges, and impose punitive and administrative disciplinary measures.

Military Training

Officers typically enter the Military after they have completed a four-year college degree; enlisted service members can transition to officer positions through a variety of pathways and earn a degree while serving. Learn more about becoming an officer, here.

Job training for corrections officers primarily consists of classroom instruction and on-the-job learning in various training environments. Like other officers, they complete a comprehensive training program covering responsibilities, military structure and etiquette, traditions, and leadership development.

Helpful Attributes

  • Interest in law enforcement and crime prevention
  • Interest in planning and directing the work of others
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Impartiality skills

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