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Investigative Specialists

Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

Service Branches

Work Environment

Investigative 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


  • Average Military Salary



Investigations officers oversee operations involved in investigating any criminal allegations and offenses that threaten the safety of military personnel, property, resources, or facilities. Investigations officers or their staff examine the scene of an incident and collect and submit all relevant physical evidence (fingerprints, blood stains, suspected narcotics, castings, documents) to a crime laboratory. They study and evaluate the evidence to determine motives and responsible individuals, develop investigative plans, and prepare reports of investigations.

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. Investigative specialists in the Military will gain skills through classroom study and on-the-job experience.

Helpful Attributes

  • Ability to remain calm under pressure
  • Interest in law enforcement and crime prevention
  • Willingness to perform potentially dangerous work
  • Listening and communication skills
  • Critical thinking and problem solving skills

Related Civilian Careers

  • Criminal Investigators and Special Agents