Military Police

A Military Police Officer Reloads Rifle

Military police are enlisted military personnel who are employed as law enforcement professionals in the various military branches. They work in the protective services division, with the main purpose being to enforce military laws and regulations and to respond to emergency situations. They work on military bases and at military training centers. Their work includes controlling traffic and preventing crime. According to the Department of Labor, in May 2015, there were a combined total of 75,202 enlisted personnel who worked in protective services in the Army, Air Force, Marine Corp, Navy and the U.S. Coast Guard.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Protect military personnel and property; enforce military laws and regulations; control traffic; investigate crimes; arrest and charge suspects
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities for military police exist in all regions
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
School Subjects
  • English
  • Government
  • History
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Hands On
  • Problem-Solving
  • Interpersonal
  • Leadership
  • Organizational
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements Must be a U.S. citizen or have permanent residency status, meet age requirements, not have a criminal record, and meet height, weight, and vision standards
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Military Police Sergeant
  • Military Police Officer
  • Enlisted Personnel

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