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Readers Respond: Do You Have Experience in MOS 31--Field Military Police?

Responses: 41


Reality Check

I have served with the ARNG MP corps for seventeen years now and in all my service I have found this job like any other job. This is only a "dream job" for few after you've spent your contract enlisted. However it does have it's merits. Yes, you probably won't be guarding security gates and will most likely get attached to an Infantry Battalion and be an actual combatant. Let me set things straight here: first, Police For ea of any kind are corrupt to some extent. Trust me, I work with he DPD and their are some things that go down that make my jaw drop. If your concerned ahout being Cop Hero let me pull the carpet out right now, you won't. You'll do your job, get half a** appreciation and called to stay in to do work that shouldnt be yours to do. When not training police forces in other countries who don't like you; you'll be escorting Generals and other HPT's and Officers who view you like a cab driver or bus driver. Civilian Law angencies really don't care if you're an MP;
—Guest CPTBroyals

Dont Do it

Being a 31B is a fun job if you like ot work long hourrs, not get time to spend with your family and like being punished for others mistakes. I currently have 40 months in the MP corp and have deployed to Iraq. I was stationed at Ft Stewart where the mp's are more currupt then then soldiers are. I am now stationed in Korea where I do not do any MP work at all and the MP's are still currupt. Stay away from this MOS as 90% of the training will not transfer over to a civillian job.
—Guest guest

current 31B

I am a current 31B. I love the opportunities I have recieved. What other job in the world would pay you to do the training that we have the opportunity to participate in. Don't get me wrong it is hard work, long hours and very little positive acknowledgement, but if you joined to get patted on the back you picked the wrong career path. There are going to be days that you hate the job and others where you love it, thats life. But as far as I am concerned the best decision in my life next to God and family was joinin the military.
—Guest levitical


Actually, I have a couple of questions regarding the Army Reserves Military Police. If I understand correctly someone who joins the Reserves will do basic and then go to an AIT school for MP training. Do reservists get paid more to be in the Milllitary Police, and other than one weekend a month basic skills training and a yearly trip to Death Valley is there additional training to keep the MP skills honed?
—Guest MM


I bee i the USAR 79 to 85. i try to come back. now bady want to take my case.
—Guest 63Bft Dix NJ.

Don't do it

I reenlisted to be an MP about 10 years ago. I've been an MP at Ft. Bliss and Ft. Lewis... I thought they treated the soldiers at Lewis bad till I got to Bliss. Bliss is bad... there really isn't words to describe it. As an M.P. I rarely did any work related to being an M.P., and spent most of my time trying to keep my nose clean and my head down due to the extensive CORRUPTION with in the M.P. Corps. I have yet to see a MP Battalion that does not have some form of corruption or illegal activity on one level or another. I do have to say the training was great... but it will not count for squat if you want to become law enforcement after the military. It has actually been more of a hindrance than help when entering civilian law enforcement. If you are joining the Army, I recommend ANY OTHER MOS, not 31B.
—Guest shadowdog

Don't do it

I was reading another response on here and saw one from Ft. Stewart. That person is absolutely correct. Right now for the first time in history all 4 of our mp companies are here at the same time. So you would think that would provide a nice rotation with plenty of rest right? Absolutely not. The NCO's we have treat us like day 1 privates in basic training, there is no individual punishment just a shotgun blast that takes out the entire platoon. I have a year of combat exp and am over looked for promotions every month because I refuse to get down on my knees. Your first thought may be, I'm a piece of crap, no thats not the case. Trust me I have my share of awards and absolutely no UCMJ actions against me. This place is facinated with new people, I have 15 months as an E-4 and was passed up for a team leader position for someone with less than 3 months time in the same grade.
—Guest Ft Stewart MP

Many Aspects to the MOS

I was Military Police in the 80's and 90's. I was straf, PS and garrison. The garrison portion was actually my least enjoyable when stateside. This is where you see how many people are truly out for themselves. No esprit de corp there. When on the old East German Border, the pride and skills developed in that unit was incredible. That unit would have put to shame any infantry unit. I loved it, but I loved the field. When physical security, I never knew what real sleep deprevation was until there. I was lucky there because we actually got to see the end of the mission once we had pulled all the special weapons out of Europe. I have a lot of pride for that along with a couple hundred of my best friends that were there for it. If you think law enforcement is your bag of tea, great, just don't expect it, be open to the knowledge that you may be doing a great deal more than the recruiter told you because many have no idea what you really do. You are multi purpose, long hours.
—Guest Larry Augst


I was an MP from 85-88 as a 95 Bravo. Spent the first year in Korea working a gate or in the field. Then I went to Ft Sill and worked all law enforcement. The problem I had with this MOS at that time was that the experience was much different from soldier to soldier all depending on your assignment. For instance when I was at FT Sill, I was PFC with more Law Enforcement experience then my E-6 supervisor that spent the majority of his career in the field. I still remember having to arrest a DUI driver that he stopped because he didn't know what to do. I got out after 3 years and went into civilian law enforcement. I now work along side several former grunts and that had much more enjoinable experiences during their service. Don't think being an MP will help you become a civilian cop. It really doesn't matter....just keep your nose clean.
—Guest Street Cop

worse job ever

worst job ever, no down time and when you finally have down time the higher ups go to your room and tell you to do stuff, the bug wigs offices are right upstairs from our rooms and we see them all the time,no time to be alone or spend with family,these people don't care about you it's just go go go, you have no normal life, and girls if you don't open your legs your not moving up in rank in this field, hopefully your experience will be better, oh and I was stationed in germany they suck
—Guest girl from houston

95 Bravo was Great

I served from 1980-1982. At that time the W.A.Cs were a recent memory at Ft. McClellan. I didn't get teased or taunted there. I was best shot in Company D and got a 4 day pass, but no invite to sniper school. In W. Germany I served at Camp King and helped maintain security on cargo shipped around Europe. The job was fun, but when I wasn't on the rails (Railway MP), boy did the guys pick on me. WAC, WAC, WAC, WAC, just like quack, quack, quack was what I listened to when we ran in P.T. They resented the half dozen women who did their job just as well if not better than them. Some of the guys were nice. I loved my job and even though we only graduated 18 females from basic, I would encourage women to get into the M.P.s. Maybe things have changed, but 30 years ago it was exciting and felt good to serve this country.
—Guest Short Blond Woman

it's ok

i'm stationed at ft Riley Ks, and it's ok i've been in for 3 yrs now and have done both L and O and deployment where we trained iraq's police, the L&O part sucks you will deal with people that hate you, and work long hours, week ends, and holidays. i just got off of a 10 day startch of working from 3pm to 6am and all i get off is 1 day and back to another 10 days. doployment is not bad!!!! ive been back for about 6 mo and want to go back bad
—Guest mac

wish I could do it over

Because when I was in basic, 9/11 kicked off and they were looking for people to go active duty and airborne. I was a reservist, but as an MP, it hardly matters becuase you will be deployed just as much as active duty MPs anyway-there are only a handful (I believe four) active duty MP brigades in the Army. So you are constanly rotating. When I decided to come back in the Army after a few years off, I wanted to go MP again. But having a clearance issue, I could not. You are definately a grunt on wheels, don't let anyone tell you different. You are often standing between trouble and everyone else. You aren't a true frontline troop (technically), but by God, you are plenty close. It is also ideal for females seeking a combat role as well-they are rarely treated any differently from the men in the MP corps. "Of the Troops, for the Troops!"
—Guest SPC Justin


I dont know why people bag on this MOS so much. The AIT is packed with a ton of good training and the cadre are some of the best the Army has to offer. Ya you'll work long hours but just suck it up, your a soldier. At least there is a minimal chance of being deployed if you are active.
—Guest Haas

Air Assault MP Sniper

8weeks basic training and 8 weeks AIT at Ft. McClellan, AL to start. Qualified 40 out of 40 with M-16A1. I was asked to qualify a second time by Lt. Col. Gebott who sent me to Sniper school where I was for 3 weeks back then in the 80's. Graduated 283/300 points. Then it was off to Air Assault School at Ft. Campbell, KY for 9 days. I was the first to finish and pass "Day-Zero". After completion it was off to W. Germany for 2 years working as a 95B which was MP back then. Tranfered to Stuttgart after 2 years in Heilbronn. Sent to Ft. Dix for discharge and re-enlisted at Dix for 3 more years totalling 6 years for me. Stayed at Dix and Ft. Benning as an instructors assistant until my discharge in 1989. I loved everything about my service in the Army and all I can say it there are so many opportunities and suggest that anyone in the service that reads this.......stay in, go to the schools and learn all you can. But stay in for 20 or 30 yrs and retire. I wish I had stayed for 30 years.....
—Guest E-5 Sgt (ret) from NC

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