Which military branch should I look into?
Topic: Handwriting analysis for law enforcement
July 23, 2019 / By Randy Question:
I want to be an MP. I want to work in forensics, hopefully become a handwritting analyst. I am 38. I know I am considered old for the military but the cut off is now 41 & I can't find a job that pays worth a crap. Please only serious answers.
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Mercy | 10 days ago
First off, do not join the military (solely) for a leg up on a civilian job. And certainly don't join it for the money!
Well, that's fairly easy. You're eligible for the Army (AD, Reserve, and NG) or the Navy Reserves. The Navy cutoff is 39, so you'd need to hurry. However, the Army is a great choice for MP and the MOS is offered in Active Duty, Reserve, and NG.
For forensics, etc, you'll probably want to aim for Criminal Investigations Special Agent, which you can go for after 6 months of MP (or civilian police) service and 2 years total TIS. 31D is also offered in AD, Reserve, and NG.
Serious handwriting analysis, if done by enlisted soldiers at all, may be under intelligence (as opposed to law enforcement). Maybe SIGINT?
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Originally Answered: Joining the Military; Which branch?
It really depends on what you want to do while your in the military. The Air Force does treat their people a lot better but Im the Navy and its not that bad. Being in the Navy I believe you have a lot more options... you can be a pilot, go on ships and travel different ports around the world, be stationed in the US on shore stations and also overseas on shore or attached to a ship... and even if you want to do some combat their are plenty of deployments open to go to Iraq or Afghanistan. Im sure their are pluses to other branches, I work with all of them in my job but it just depends on what you want to do with your time in service. I personally wouldnt mind the Air Force because its all shore stations which are better if you dont want to be deployed anywhere, except they usually "require" a tour to Korea. Whichever branch you choose you will get all they great benifits that come along with being in the military so since you want to get a bachelors degree I would wait till your in and just use the tuition assistance to get your degree and save your GI Bill till later after you get out to get an extra degree or transfer it to your dependents if you plan on doing 10 years or more.
Air Force, go in the career field of OSI office of special investigation, but you might have to start off as a LE-law enforcement not MP military police. The OSI people are like the Detectives (FBI) of the Air Force. Navy/Marine Corp has the Naval Central Intelligence Service but it is mostly civilian. Army has the Defense Intelligence Service. Hope this helps. Good Luck.
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An MP is not necessarily going to help you get a job in forensics. Usually you need a degree for tha. There may be MP positions for the ARMY with CID that are similar to forensics, however you must realize that the training is pretty tough both physically and mentally. If you think you can do it, go for it.
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Only the Army and Navy have significant military police programs. The Navy ones (Shore Police) are less likely to get put in a combat zone; but neither is going to give you much forensics/investigation training. Good luck though!
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Considering your age your only hope is the Army although I wouldnt count on them actually giving you a job in forensics...thats damned rare
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I would say that Air Force, but the max age is 27, waiverable to 31.
Here is the age cutoffs for each branch. Looks like the only non reserves branch that will accept you is Army.
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13 yrs active duty army and now 6 years af guard, god the only thing i would recommend is the AF or mayb the navy , other than that NO WAY
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Originally Answered: What branch of the military should I join?
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