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Corrections Specialists

Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

Service Branches

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Work Environment

Corrections specialists in the military work both indoors and outdoors depending on their assignment. They may work outdoors while conducting investigations or patrolling facilities.

  • Military Status


  • Median Military Salary This is the median, or the midpoint, of the salary range for this career.


    Military Salary Range Salary varies based on years of service, degree level, special pays, family status and location.

    $22,760 - $137,453


The corrections specialty in military law enforcement primarily involves guarding and supervising confined and restrained personnel. Law enforcement specialists that focus on corrections not only act as jailers, but are licensed military law enforcement specialists that ensure law and order. They prevent and quell riots and disturbances, prevent and suppress crimes against military personnel, and maintain order at military installations.

Military Training

All enlisted service members complete basic military training which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field and covers tactical and survival skills physical training military life and customs and weapons training.  Corrections specialists in the Military will gain skills through classroom study and on-the-job experience. Job-specific training content may include:

  • Military/civil laws and jurisdiction
  • Investigation and evidence collection procedures and techniques
  • Arrest and physical restraint techniques
  • Self-defense and use of firearms
  • Crime scene processing
  • Interpersonal communications skills
  • Search/restraint and custody/control procedures
  • Crime prevention
  • Testimonial evidence
  • Protective services
  • Child abuse prevention
  • Crisis/hostage negotiations

Helpful Attributes

  • Ability to remain calm under pressure
  • Interest in law enforcement and crime prevention
  • Willingness to perform potentially dangerous work
  • Good judgment
  • Negotiating skills

Related Civilian Careers

  • Supervisors of Correctional Officers
  • Supervisors of Police and Detectives
  • Security Guards