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M.P. mos ?

Discussion in 'US Army Forum' started by Caustic Mopar, Feb 25, 2009.

  1. I was talking to my buddie (in the army going on 6years) the other day, and I told him I was going to talk to a recruter about joining. Possably as a M.P. or as a 15T. He told me not to go for M.P. as I would get no respect and my chances at getting a job as a LEO (my current field of work but as a private cop at a embassy in DC) this is not the first time i have herd bad things about military police what is the true story?
  2. DustyJacket

    DustyJacket Directiv 10-289

    Oct 16, 2008
    Missouri, East of KC
    Actually, a lot of Denver coppers were MPs.

    But the MPs aren't about law enforcement most of the time. The do physical security, convoy escorts, handle POWs, and do rear battle operations and stuff.

    The law enforcement aspect is minor, overall.

  3. The Maggy

    The Maggy

    Dec 24, 2008
    Stillwater, OK
    How much respect can you expect to get when youre writing a ticket to a SSG or SFC that has 5 or 6 deployments under his belt and you are a PFC without a combat patch?

    Talk to your recuiter about CID, they don't chase speeders and write tickets but they are like the detectives of the Army.
  4. I was an MP back when the MOS was still 95B. There has been a major refocus from Garrison Police Duties to Combat MP Roles.

    MP's could move into the CID but you can go directly into it as well

    I wouldn't waste time doing anything less than CID if you want some type of actual LE duties. JMHO
  5. what about 35 series (mil intel) especially 35m or 35l? much better post mil opportunities.
  6. Dean


    Nov 4, 2006
    Let me level with you, Kid:
    You'll get the same respect as any other soldier as an MP.
    I was an MP. I turned down all the "Crypto Maintenance - Intel Linguist B.S." the Army had, because I wanted to be a Soldier, not a "Technician."
    As an MP you'll patrol some very hostile piece of turf along with the rest of your squad. You'll escort convoys. You'll also do law enforcement work, depending on your unit. You'll close with and destroy enemies of the United States of America. Your brassard-tab will mark you as an officer and a worthwhile target for enemy snipers.

    The notion that a police department won't hire an Army MP is total B.S. Just horse manure. Don't believe a word of that crap. They'll hire you right away, if you meet their other requirements and interview well. Trust me, on that. They hired me. Twice. So did the Coast Guard, which is probably the best ex-MP job in the U.S. government. But you're not ready for that yet, are you Troop? :drillsgt:

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    CNN reported violent, anti-American protests in Paris, London, Rome, Berlin and Dublin. Fast food franchises throughout Europe, carrying American corporate logos, were firebombed.

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    by Douglas Herman
    May 25, 2008
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2009
  7. deadday


    Aug 14, 2007
    Or writing speeding tickets on a FOB in IQ or A-stan?
  8. :steamed: Hoah for all MP's. They fight in three man teams with a 50 cal up top and infantry troops are sure darn glad when they come to join the fight. My Boy did 15 mos in Q zone and other locals showering with bottled water some times. The best they ever had it was being posted on a base with IP's then the mort ar attacks were reduced considerably. Sound familiar to any of you other VN vets? My grandson is now in IRAG or A-Stan we don't know which. They are real men. You try doing road duty at Bragg and you'd learn some stuff real fast.
  9. deadday


    Aug 14, 2007

    Here, let's just measure them.


    eta- Road duty at Bragg? You're ****ing kidding right?
  10. deadday


    Aug 14, 2007
    Look, OP, there is nothing wrong with being an MP. But there are a lot of things wrong with certain MPs. It really depends on you, your Chain, and your Command environment. Some MPs go power crazy, some don't. Some waste deployments writing speeding/parking tickets on FOBs, some go out and do something useful.

    I've heard both sides of the coin in regards to civillian employment after the Army. On the one hand, you have LE experience, assuming you've pulled some Law and Order missions, but some will say that you also pick up bad habits as an MP that a civ department would have to 'train out of you'. I was a .civ LEO before the Army, but did not go into the Army as an MP.
  11. I have been an MP in the US Army on a few occasions during my military career. I have done both combat (Korea) and garrison duties in CONUS and Occupied Japan.

    It is a needed and honorable MOS and good job. The combat MPs are respected by the troops that they serve with for the jobs that they do. Most Army Posts now days are hiring civilians to do the garrison duties on post, Gate duty and road patrol, etc

    As for LE jobs, as I said I was an MP off and on and I served 34 Years in civilian LE and retired as a Captain from a Major LE department.

    When trying for a civilian job as an LEO, you will find that having been an MP doesn't do a thing for you in most civil service testing procedures.

    Only after you are hired will your previous LE experience in the MPs do you some good, when LE supervisors are looking for previous experience to fill special jobs, etc.

    The biggest con that I can see in the MP field is promotions are slow and the TO&E of most MP BNs are not filled with a lot of senior NCOs slots.

    In the CID field at least making Warrant Officer, is relatively easy in a few years.

    As for individual MPs being 'asshats,' etc. there is no shortage of them in other MOSs and units. We all have our 1%.
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2009
  12. deadday


    Aug 14, 2007
    I honestly think you would cringe at todays MP Corps...I know it ain't their fault, but damn, at some point the commanders have got to say, this **** is just stupid....
  13. I don't think so, especially when I thing about the female MP Sgt. Leigh Ann Hester, was awarded the Silver Star in Iraq for her role in thwarting an Iraqi insurgent ambush.


    Or this:

    Perhaps you should explain what is stupid to you.
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2009
  14. deadday


    Aug 14, 2007
    Does being chased down by MP and given a speeding ticket because I was trying to get my Soldier to the aid station before he bled out count? There were no air assets close enough, so we drove him in, called ahead, were cleared through the gate without stopping. As luck would have it, Top was riding with us that day, so when the MPs (there were 4 of them at this point) started screaming he told them all to **** off.

    Or how about receiving a parking ticket on the FOB? We had intel that a large VBIED was headed our way so we parked the trucks along the barriers for the extra firepower (M2s, Mk19s). 2 of 6 trucks were issued parking citations. ****ing parking tickets.:steamed:

    As I said, there are some great MPs, I've worked with them, but there are some **** birds in command of those units, and there are some MPs that can't think for themselves and do stupid things like I mentioned above...

    Maybe I'm just *****y and ****ting all over this thread for no's been a rough week and I got one of those phone calls this morning.

  15. If accurate, these two incidents sound pretty stupid. That said they are isolated incidents. On the other hand on incident #1 if the MPs didn't know what you were doing, they had no idea you were transporting a WIA soldier and the type of wound. Once they learned this, the DR should have been torn up. As for incident #2, again once the MP's learned of this Intel, they should have backed off and disregarded the tickets.

    I would guess that if giving parking tickets (Parking control) is one of their FOB duties they were just trying to do their duty just like you. Perhaps they were not aware of the Intel. In any case your CO could go to the PM and get this DR business on these two incidents taken care of in a NY minute.

    Incident #1 is run into by civilian LE all the time. Some times the transport is taken over by the LEO w/lights & siren, other times by an ambulance also with proper emergency equipment. Sometimes the driver is issued a ticket for reckless or negligent driving at the hospital after the transport.

    In a combat zone they should have made every effort to see that the soldier was rushed to the aid station and issued no citations once they knew what was happening.
  16. deadday


    Aug 14, 2007

    Honestly, I don't know if the citations stood or not. When you are issued one in theatre, you sign it, then it goes off to your CoC, and you generally don't hear about it any more (unless you really did screw up and then you get the riot act from the 1SG and CO, or CSM and SCO if it's habitual)...

    They were two incidents that really just rubbed me the wrong way and kinda soured my impression of L&O MPs....But, as you said, **** happens, and being in theatre is no different than the streets here....
  17. Bren

    Bren NRA Life Member

    Jan 16, 2005
    Maybe that's the whole story, who knows. Some people in the KY Guard say it's as much Jessica Lynch as Audie Murphy. I have no knowledge beyond what I get from guard troops I run into as a reservist in KY who has friends in the guard.
  18. DearDaddy:
    I was talking about the 108 airborne/Air Assault MP'S. You need to get some kinda life.
    Barney Hertzog
    Hoah MP'S Again!!!!!!!!!
  19. deadday


    Aug 14, 2007
    What is a '108 airborne/Air Assault MP'? And, as far as I know, I'm not your daddy...Though I did drink quite a bit when I was around Bragg, so I guess it is a possibility....
  20. :tongueout: Hey: I'll be in Denver CO On Fri May 15 till Late Saturday night at a PowerLifting meet. Come on out and we'll talk about it. You'll recognize me I'll be the skinny old guy in the singlet with an Air Cav Tatoo on my left shoulder.
    Love and you ain't my Daddy. OOps sorry it must be my dyslexia actin' up again I thought it was "DearDaddy" Not "DeadDay.

    Almost forgot 48th and I 25 at the Quality Inn, Ask for Barney.
    Last edited: Mar 31, 2009