Posted on Jun 4, 2019
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I'm going to be enlisting in the AD Army within a couple of months and am debating between MOS. My career aspiration is to become a police officer and I want to serve before starting that career. I know there are already some posts out there about MPs but each has very different opinions, with some people loving the MOS and others wishing they chose something else.

As far as I'm aware there are 3 cycles while in garrison - gate duty, patrol, and field training. For MPs out there, do you enjoy your day-to-day or would you have rather chose something different. I'm currently debating between 31B and 11B, and I've heard some pretty negative opinions on both of them.

The last thing I'm curious about: What are typical deployment likes as a 31B and what do they usually consist of? Especially now considering there are fewer deployments to the middle east, I'm assuming they are taking on less of a combat role and more of a policing role, right?

Oh, and do other soldiers really hate MPs as much as the stereotype suggests? I for one would not stop people for going a couple miles over the speed limited or write citations for insignificant infractions just because I'm able to, because I wouldnt want to be "that guy."
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PFC (Join to see), if you haven’t enlisted yet, why do you have a rank and MOS associated with your account here?

Update your profile.

I’m not exactly sure what you expect different from posting your own questions though. You’ll continue to get mixed opinions on both MOS’s. Some people love it. Some people hate. Some people are indifferent to it. Everything you’ve already read during your research gives a solid baseline for your decision making process.

Being an MP doesn’t necessarily translate to being a police officer on the civilian side. It’ll provide you with some insight and fundamental training but it won’t really carryover and exempt you from training. I suggest you select an MOS that provides a different skill set. Military Intelligence, Civil Affairs, or Psychological Operations will probably serve you better than MP or Infantry. The aforementioned MOS’s will provide you with training and experience that’ll assist you with understanding people.

Lastly, avoid openly admitting that you wouldn’t enforce a standard while in a position of trust. You’re entitled to your opinions but I caution you on how you express those opinions. Rules are rules. You’re expected to enforce them. There will be a time and place to use some reasonable discretion but don’t develop those ideas just yet. You don’t become a law enforcement officer or leader to be someone’s best friend. Be prudent and be reasonable in everything you do, that’ll serve you the best.
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been branched MP for 14 years. tough job and, for the most part, thankless. Patrol blows because 75% of what you do is respond to post housing for some domestic crap. Another 10% is dealing with shoplifters at the PX. 10% traffic stops. and the remainder is rousting crackheads and hookers that have somehow managed to get on post. I had 3 deployments as an MP. 1st one consisted mostly of presence patrols. The 2nd one we were training Iraqi police. The last one I was BN S4 and did nothing but inventory crap that had been sitting on the COB for the last 6-8 years. As for stopping people, the PM usually has a policy on that. When I was at Benning the policy was don't stop anyone unless they are going 10 miles over and don't chase anyone who is going more than 12 miles over. Overall, I prefer logistics over MP any day of the week.
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SGT Michael Rigney
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Being an MP definitely isn’t as glamorous as what you see on TV. Comments about patrol including domestic disputes, shoplifters, and tickets : accidents are spot on. Before being an MP, I was a Combat Engineer and I spent more time in the firld as an MO than I ever did as an Engineer in support of all the combat unit convoy movements and physical security.
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