Today's Military Police have many shoes to fill. They are the keepers of peace and enforcement on military installation's. In a combat zone they are the heaviest armed, highly skilled, and they take the fight to the enemy. But they all must go through the same training that all soldiers go through: Basic Training. I will be going over what you need to know before enlisting, and what to expect once you get there.
Things You'll Need
- A clean driving record
- No criminal history
- Somewhat in shape
- 3 to 5 years to spare for an enlistment
- Good mental outlook
- Be ready to deploy to another country
Go and seek assistance from an Army recruiter. See an Army recruiter and tell them of your interest of becoming an Military Police Officer (MP). They will sit down with you and tell you the benefits of being in the Army, And will get some basic information from you (name, date of birth, phone number). Do not hesitate in asking any question that you think is important to you. And if you have second thoughts, don't hesitate to tell them you have changed you mind.
You will next take the ASVAB. This is a test that the Army gives to test your sills in many areas. Reading, mathematics, mechanics, and many other areas will be on the test. I suggest that you go to your local library and get an ASVAB study guide, or buy one. The better you score, the more job areas are open to you.
Next you will be taken to a MEPS station for further processing. There they will give you a physical, draw up your contract, will enlist you, and swear you into the Army.
If you have selected MP Corp, depending how far you live, they will supply you with a plane or bus ticket to Fort Leonard Wood MO (FLW). This Army post is in the middle of Missouri, just off of I44. By the locals it is known fondly as Fort Lost In The Woods, because of it's somewhat remote location.
After arriving to FLW, you will be taking to the 43rd AG. This is what they call a replacement company. There is where you will get your first taste of the Army lifestyle. There they will issue you uniforms, give you your medical shots, eye screening, dental screening, and you will be housed there until the next MP company begins training.
Then you will be brought to the MP company that you will train with. This is referred to as OUST training. Your Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training(AIT) is done at one spot. Expect for the first week or so not to be able to get anything "right". You will be under complete control of your Drill Sargent (DS). More paperwork will be done. You will be taught the Army Values, Command structure, Basic Rifle Marksmanship, marching, and many more skills. The First 9 weeks will be your "Basic Training" period.
The next 10 weeks will be your AIT training. At that time you will learn how to use a 9mm handgun, basic police training, MP forms that are used during patrol. You will all so learn to handle different situations as an MP. You will learn how to respond to cases of rape, murder, altercations and other situations that you my be called to handle.
The completion of your AIT you will have a graduation ceremony. If you have reached this part be proud of your self. Even thought you have graduated continue to learn more about your job. There is one last piece of advise I give, and this was given to me by a DS that I had when I completed MP training: "Confidence and Motivation. If you have these two things you can do anything". And to this day I still believe it.
Tips & Warnings
- Do all you can to be physically fit before enlisting. If you are, it will make it easier during physical training (PT)
- If you have a criminal record, don't enlist as an MP. They do a complete security check on you. If you come up with a record, they could discharge you, or make you pick another job
- Don't go AWOL. If you go Absent Without Leave, you are making a bad choice. If you are having a harder time than you thought ask to talk to a chaplain, or a DS that may help you with the problems that you are having.
- Good Luck!
- This is just a basic overview what to expect. Your experience could be different.
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