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Investigations Officers

Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

Work Environment

Investigations 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, Enlisted

  • Average Military Salary

    $84,774

Overview

Investigations specialists are primarily responsible for investigating any criminal allegations and offenses that threaten the safety of military personnel, property, resources, or facilities. Specialties may include narcotics, economic crimes, cyber crimes, armed robbery, and death, among others.

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 investigations 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. Job-specific training content may include:

Helpful Attributes

  • Interest in law enforcement and crime prevention
  • Interest in planning and directing the work of others
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Critical thinking and problem solving skills

Related Civilian Careers

  • Criminal Investigators and Special Agents, First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives