In the Air Force:
Security Forces; Security Forces Apprentice; Security Forces Apprentice, Combat Arms; Security Forces Apprentice, Military Working Dog Handler; Security Forces Craftsman; Security Forces Helper, Combat Arms; Security Forces Helper, Military Working Dog Handler; Security Forces Journeyman; Security Forces Journeyman, Combat Arms; Security Forces Journeyman, Military Working Dog Handler
In the Army:
Cavalry Scout; Combat Engineer; Combat Medic Specialist; Indirect Fire Infantryman; Infantryman; Intelligence Analyst; Military Police; Military Working Dog (MWD) Handler; Senior Military Police Sergeant; Special Forces Weapons Sergeant; Unit Supply Specialist
In the Marine Corps:
Anti-tank Missileman; Critical Skills Operator; Infantry Assaultman; Infantry Unit Leader; Light Armored Reconnaissance (LAR) Unit Leader; Machine Gunner; Military Police Investigator; Mortarman; Physical Security Specialist; Special Reaction Team (SRT) Member
In the Navy:
Boarding Specialist; Dog Handler; Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) Individual Augmentee/In Lieu Of (IA/ILO) Detainee Operations Interrogator; Individual Augmentation Support Assignment-Military Police (MP) (Law and Order Specialist); Kennel Master; Master-at-Arms Basic; Navy Law Enforcement (LE) Specialist; Nuclear Weapons Security Specialist (NWSS); Phvsical Security Specialist (PSS); Protective Service Specialist
Whether on foot, wheels, or horseback, detectives and police officers are alert for any threat to public safety, ready to respond at a moment’s notice when a need occurs. Police and sheriff’s officers protect lives and property. They respond to emergency and patrol their assigned area for signs of criminal activity. They wear recognizable uniforms, and may conduct searches and arrest suspected criminals. Some officers specialize in one type of crime, such as narcotics. Detectives and criminal investigators, or agents, gather facts and evidence of possible crimes. They conduct interviews, observe the activities of suspects, and participate in raids and arrests. Detectives often wear plain clothes, and usually specialize in investigating one type of crime, such as homicide or fraud. Transit and railroad police patrol railroad yards and transit stations to prevent thefts and protect property. Police and detective work requires patience, and paperwork; officers document every incident in detail, and must be ready to testify in court. Most officers carry law enforcement tools, such as radios, handcuffs, and firearms. Police and detective work can be physically demanding, stressful, and dangerous; injuries are common. Despite working shifts around the clock and dealing with life-threatening situations, officers must stay calm, think clearly, and use good judgment at all times. Most positions require graduation from a law enforcement agency’s training academy and extensive on-the-job training. Police officers and detectives need a license to carry firearms and enforce the law. Typically, candidates must be U.S. citizens, at least 21 years old, and in excellent physical and mental health, with no felony convictions.
What they do:
Patrol assigned area to enforce laws and ordinances, regulate traffic, control crowds, prevent crime, and arrest violators.
On the job, you would:
Identify, pursue, and arrest suspects and perpetrators of criminal acts.
Provide for public safety by maintaining order, responding to emergencies, protecting people and property, enforcing motor vehicle and criminal laws, and promoting good community relations.
Record facts to prepare reports that document incidents and activities.
Safety and Government
public safety and security
law and government
Arts and Humanities
Math and Science
sociology and anthropology
listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
understanding people's reactions
bringing people together to solve differences
noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
communicate by speaking
listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
notice when problems happen
make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
pay attention to something without being distracted
do two or more things at the same time
see hidden patterns
People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
Attention to Detail
You might use software like this on the job:
Data base user interface and query software
Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System IAFIS
Graphics or photo imaging software
IBM Lotus 1-2-3
high school diploma/GED or certificate after high school usually needed