Law Enforcement Jobs in the Military

Those interested in law enforcement jobs in the military will find a wide range of options, which are comparable and can lead to civilian jobs for veterans.

Career Options for Law Enforcement Jobs in Military

There are several job options for anyone interested in law enforcement in each branch of the military, and many veterans easily transition to civilian jobs with the same responsibilities. All branches of the military pay at the same rate, and salaries are affected by years in service and include housing, a food allowance and other benefits. Below is some information about military law enforcement careers, compared with those for civilians.

Military Job Title
(for Enlisted Soldier or Officer)
Military Pay (for Single Enlistee/Officer or Family) (2017)* Civilian Job Title Median Civilian Pay (2016)** Civilian Job Growth (2014-2024)**
Criminal Investigations Special Agent $52,856
(Single Enlistee);
(Family of 4)
Private Investigator $48,190 5%
Judge Advocate $83,319
(Single Officer);
(Family of 4)
Lawyer $118,160 6%
Military Police Officer $52,856
(Single Enlistee);
(Family of 4)
Police Officer $61,000 4%
Working Dog Handler $52,856
(Single Enlistee);
(Family of 4)
Animal Trainer $22,230 11%
Internment Specialist $52,856
(Single Enlistee);
(Family of 4)
Prison Guard $42,820 4%

Sources: *U.S. Army, **U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Career Information for Law Enforcement Jobs in Military

Criminal Investigations Special Agent

Criminal Investigations Special Agents investigate felony level cases involving military personnel or property by collecting evidence, processing crime scenes and providing criminal investigative support to all branches. They also work in the areas of counterterrorism, intelligence gathering and threat assessment. Each branch of the military has different requirements for employment, such as years of military service (for the Army), and education ranging from 60 hours to a completed bachelor's degree. All branches require these agents to pass background checks and obtain a security clearance.

Judge Advocate

Judge Advocates are lawyers who have passed the bar exam for the highest court in any state or the District of Columbia. They give legal advice regarding military operations and to military personnel and their families, and prosecute criminal cases. All Judge Advocates, regardless of branch of service, must have a law degree from an accredited law school. Each branch of the military also has certain age requirements.

Military Police

As either enlisted or officer positions, Military Police protect lives and property on military installations. Military Police enforce laws, secure crime scenes, and provide protection. They are responsible for base security, including weapons, and for training host-nation police forces and operating brigs or jails. For entry-level military jobs, including Military Police, you must have a satisfactory score on the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) test and a high school diploma.

Working Dog Handlers

Working Dog Handlers train and care for working service dogs in the military. These animal trainers are responsible for bomb and drug detection and securing military operations and bases. Entry-level positions require a high school diploma and a satisfactory score on the ASVAB test.

Internment Specialists

The job of an Internment Specialist could lead to civilian work as a prison guard. They are responsible for daily operations of detention facilities and military correctional institutions. They ensure prisoner and facility security, provide counseling to inmates, and guarantee the safety of prisoners of war and visitors. As in all branches of the military, this job requires a satisfactory score on the ASVAB test and a high school diploma.

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