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military and law enforcement ?

how did you get to where your at right now

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Ryan’s Answer

Hi Khalil! I'm glad to hear you're interested in law enforcement and/or the military. Both are very challenging but honorable and rewarding career fields. I spent most of my childhood wanting to pursue both.

At 15 years old, I started volunteering as an Explorer / Cadet with my local sheriff's office. It's a youth program offered by many police organizations around the country. My program was pretty progressive, and allowed us to ride-along with patrol deputies and get a lot of amazing opportunities.

From 18-22 I earned by Bachelors in Homeland Security from Embry-Riddle, and completed Air Force ROTC. My senior year I competed for my dream job of being a Special Agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) - which handles all felony level criminal investigations and counterintelligence operations in the Air Force. If you know the tv show NCIS, its the Air Force's version of that. Ultimately I was not selected, and instead was commissioned as an Intelligence Officer. I had the opportunity to recompete for AFOSI a few years later, but did not, choosing instead to get out of the military and become a firefighter instead. I did work as a jail deputy for a few weeks in between the two though.

That's how I did it. There are many ways to enter the field of law enforcement, and there is a wide variety of law enforcement jobs out there. Police officers, state troopers, county sheriffs, corrections officers, parole officers, crime lab technicians, federal agents (CBP, FBI, ATF, etc.). The best way into the field is to decide what you want to do, find someone doing that, and ask for their advice!

No matter what kind of law enforcement, or the military, you go into, you'll need a clean background though. So stay in school, stay away from drugs and gangs, and keep your driving record clean.

Good luck!
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Ernesto’s Answer

Do mot quit ! Go for it, follow your dreams bre persistent. The U.S Army was the best decision I ever made.
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Kevin’s Answer

I had to put in my time. I started the police academy in 2011, finally was pick up by an agency in 2013. This October will be 10 years in law enforcement. I was promoted to corporal in 2022. I am also a FTO ( field training officer) .
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James’s Answer

Hello. I have done law enforcement inside and outside of the military. I was able to break into the field with Loss Prevention. I did this for two years. From this job I was able to jump into a career in risk and fraud. That is when I decided to enlist in the Marine Corps. The Military is a great spot to break into law enforcement as well. It requires no experience and can help your resume for when you leave active service. I did Corrections for three years. It was a rewarding experience, and I was able to grow.

Law enforcement is rewarding, and I have loved it. I highly recommend it if you feel like it's your calling.
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Christopher’s Answer

Hi Khail,

You are choosing a good career choice, and you will develop as a person. I served in the Air Force with the Base Defense Group and had the opportunity to do some incredible things for our country. I recommend learning other transferable skills to support you as you transition to different careers.
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