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31B -- Military Police


Military Police Detachment Activation
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Basic Job Description

Military Police protect lives and property on Army installations by enforcing military laws and regulations, as well as controlling traffic, preventing crime, and responding to emergencies. Military Police are responsible for providing support to the battlefield by conducting Area Security, Internment/Resettlement, Maneuver and Mobility Support, Law & Order, and Police Intelligence Operations.

Duties performed by Soldiers in this MOS include:

Performs as a team member in support of battlefield operations, installation law and order operations and security of Army resources and installations. Leads military police teams in support of battlefield operations and leads and supervises small sections in support of security and installation law and order operations.

Leads military police squads and sections, operates police desks, plans crime prevention measures, operates evidence rooms and prepares operations plans and orders in military police detachnients in support of both battlefield and installation law and order operations and security of resources and installations.

Training Information

Job training for military police requires 20 weeks of One Station Unit Training and on-the-job instruction in police methods. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and in the field.

Some of the skills you’ll learn are: Basic warrior skills and use of firearms, military/civil laws and jurisdiction, investigating and collecting evidence, traffic and crowd control and arrest and restraint of suspects.

ASVAB Score Required: 91 in aptitude area ST

Security Clearance: Confidential

Strength Requirement: moderately heavy

Physical Profile Requirement: 2222211

Other Requirements

  • Red/green color discrimination
  • Must meet all requirements for Personnel Reliability Program (PRP) qualifications
  • Must possess a valid state motor vehicle operator license
  • No objection to performing security duties in the vicinity of nuclear or chemical munitions stored or staged for military use.
  • No record of more than 15 days lost under section 972-10- USC.
  • Minimum age of 18 at time of entrance on active duty
  • No record of possession or use of any narcotic or non-narcotic drug
  • Most criminal offenses (including three or more minor traffic infractions) will generally be disqualifying

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  • First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Police and Detectives
  • Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers
  • Security Guards
  • Business Operations Specialists
  • Training and Development Specialists
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