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Law Enforcement Officers

Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

Service Branches

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Work Environment

Law enforcement 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


  • Average Military Salary



Law enforcement officers are responsible for discovering, deterring, rehabilitating, and apprehending people who violate the law. They are responsible for maintaining law and order on military bases around the world and in civilian communities whenever necessary. Military law enforcement officers maintain order, help during emergencies, solve crimes, and protect property.

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. Job training for law enforcement 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:

  • Military law
  • Law enforcement administration
  • Management of security problems
  • Investigation procedures and reporting

Helpful Attributes

  • Interest in law enforcement and crime prevention
  • Interest in planning and directing the work of others

Related Civilian Careers

  • Police Identification and Records Officers
  • Supervisors of Police and Detectives
  • Security Guards