Posted on Feb 8, 2017
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I was in the National Guard as an MP. Other than AIT I got very little to no training as a garrison MP. What is it like being an MP on active duty in garrison?
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SPC Brady Allen
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Over here is Germany, that is how people tend to do it. I mean, heck its only 30 Km on post that is like 19 MPH. You can literally be pulled over for going 30 MPH which is slow as none other. lol. SAD.....but true. :/.
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SPC Infantryman
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Whenever I go on Fort Wainright I encounter very aggressive MP's too, they just seem eager to do anything haha.
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SGT Aircraft Mechanic
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That's probably because in Alaska there's nothing else to do.
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Don't get caught up in the whole "garrison" MP and "field" MP thing because the concept is not the same as it use to be 10-15 years ago. I was in 1st Armored Division in Wiesbaden Germany and we did Law Enforcement just as much as we trained out in the field. Because of OIF and OEF we catered more to the "field" aspect of being an MP because the chances of deployment rose rapidly. It just depends on what unit you go to. You'll have alot of guys tell you "I hate being in garrison" and "I'm not a garrison MP" when 90% of them initially joined just so they could do the law enforcement aspect of it. Alot of MPs forget that there are two sides of the coin of what we do.
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I was wondering because I was in the National Guard before. I never got any garrison training outside of AIT. I pretty well know being a field MP so I should be able to help whichever unit I go to out a lot when in the field. I worked in a prison while I was in the guard but that's the closest I've come to garrison work.
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MSG Johnathan Mathes
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Retired mp here... law enforcement.. is a extention of exactly what you do in the field.. there are a few tasks that are different but the root of it all is law enforcement..
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Edited 5 y ago
I can't answer your question 100% as I am not a full MP. I'm just a FAP (Fleet Assistance Program) Marine. Meaning I was temporarily loaned out to PMO at my station for 6 months due to manning agreement. All our contracts would allow us to do was to guard the gates and help out with special event security. Mostly checking ID's, logging commercial vehicles, issuing temp passes at night, and watch out for BOLOs. From my friends who are full MP's, there's Traffic, SRT, K9 units, and CID. They do everything from issuing tickets, responding building alarms, to securing crime scenes (if the need arises).
Every unit has different hours and shifts.

We also have Civilian officers that work with us, but half of them are reservists and the other half are prior service.
Usually, if there's not a whole lot going on you'll get set up with some really good training.
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