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Should i stay in the military ( Marine Corps ) or become a police officer/Sheriff?

My plan is to do complete my 4 years in the Marine Corps as 0311 infantrymen then EAS out to become a Police Officer/ Sheriff to benefit my future. On living, paycheck, lifestyle, and family. I was thinking doing this can help me boost my chances to join the Law Enforcement. Don't get me wrong, I really don't mind doing 20 years of the military but it won't get me a lot of money? #military #law #law-enforcement

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David’s Answer

If you like the Corp, stay in. You will still have an advantage when you ETS. Most Law Enforcement Agencies give preferences to those who have served the military.

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Kim’s Answer

Do you have any college? A lot of law enforcement requires college. I would check on the various agencies you want to work for, find out what their requirements are, and try to get the schooling knocked out before leaving the military (on-line classes, etc). There are many programs that give credit for "life experience," and a lot of vets I know took advantage of those programs. You will want to talk to a college counselor. You could always get out, and then go to school, but, you may find it not so easy to sit still in a classroom when you are used to being out doing things.

I am aiming for college courses by next year. Can't do schooling right now due to my Command. I'm looking forward to getting my associate degree by the time I get out. I can check by my Education Center and look into more detail? Also, look at what exam/test entree I got to take to join the Law Enforcement. Victor C.

okay! The more knowledgeable you are as to the requirements, the better your chances. There are state requirements (such as minimum age, etc) and then there are agency requirements. So, for example, even though the state might say "no misdemeanor convictions in the past 2 years," the agency might make it five years. If your finances are not in order, you want to work on that as well, as they usually look at that. Good luck to you! Kim Igleheart

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Daniel’s Answer

Hi Victor,

The decision to separate from the military or to push towards a 20-year retirement can be difficult and ultimately only you can make that decision.

I ended up leaving the Air Force after 10 years to go work for a tech company, which was a very different career path for me.

I've never had a career in law enforcement, but I know there are a lot of people in the military who make a successful transition from military to law enforcement. I don't think making that jump will result in more money for you, even in the long term. The military retirement after doing 20 years is just about the best deal out there for long-term financial stability and security. If you enlisted at 18, you could retire at 38 and begin to pull your pension the very next day after separation. Most other retirement plans make you wait until you are about 60 years old to begin seeing the benefit. After 20 years, you will also have health insurance for the rest of your life, which is a bigger benefit than most people realize.

Another option to consider would be to leave active duty, but stay in the Marine Corps as a part-time reservist. That way you can still work towards a military retirement while also working full-time in law enforcement. A reserves retirement isn't as good as active duty, but it is still good and absolutely better than nothing.