I chose a path similar to what you describe here. After college, I joined the Navy and completed a 4 year enlistment. Upon separating, I became a Deputy Sheriff in Florida and then joined the Secret Service. I can say with certainty, that the military gave me the background I needed to succeed in law enforcement and opened every door along the route I chose to pursue.
A lot of people have a bachelor's degree and apply for Federal positions. In today's workforce, you need something that sets you apart from every other candidate, and military service does that. Military personnel have traits that are desirable to Federal agencies such as; discipline, integrity, trustworthiness and the ability to adapt to a changing environment. You also get 5-10 points for Veterans preference when taking any federal exam.
If you're interested in being a member of a SWAT Team on a police department, you'll need to invest some time as an active police officer first. Being a former military member can help accomplish this as well. Often times, police departments give veteran's preference over non-veterans.
Don't forget there are also Special Forces in the military, similar to a SWAT Team. You may join the military and find something that interests you and decide to make a career out of it.
The military is just one option towards your long term goals. It isn't for everyone and I encourage you to talk to as many current and former military personnel as you can before making a decision. Just keep your mind and your options open. Good luck
Kimberly recommends the following next steps:
- Find military personnel on message boards and social media, engage them in discussions about the positive and negative aspects of the military.