Law Enforcement Officers

Military Career

General Information

Description

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.

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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.

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Comparable Industries

  • Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
  • State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
  • Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
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Military Outlook

Service Branches

Jobs in this career field may be available in other service branches. Call or email a particular branch for more info.

  • Army
  • Marine Corps
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Coast Guard

Military Status

  • Enlisted
    • Hands-on/specialized
    • High school diploma required
  • Officer
    • Managerial/professional
    • College degree required

Military Workforce

Law Enforcement Officers in the Military

8,431

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Salary

Average Salary

$104,086

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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • High school 36%
  • Some college 19%
  • Associate's degree 18%
  • Bachelor's degree 14%
  • Post-secondary certificate 7%
  • Master's degree 3%
  • Post baccalaureate 1%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

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 lawLaw enforcement administrationManagement of security problemsInvestigation procedures and reporting

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Knowledge

  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Education and Training
  • Psychology

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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