I'm considering a career change since my Deparment is pretty much a dead end place right now. At my District we are averaging 8-10years before you get specialized training like SWAT, Detective (CID & Vice/Narc) or K9. Add the time it takes for a position to open up after you've gotten the training and you see where I'm coming from. To add to the mess they are still cutting our staffing and sending guys to the airport so they can hide officers on the federal budget. On the street we are at the same staffing we were at in the mid to late 70's even though we have a booming population and they still consider us to be over strength. I love it on the street I just don't like the fact it's going to be several more years before I get to try something new and even then slots are pretty hard to come by right now.... So that gets me to the point. I'm interested in a career with the USMS. I do understand that I get to sit and be bored at the court house for a few years and I'm okay with that. What I'm really interested in is the Investigative side and possibly being on a task force or something after I do my time as the low man. I'm just looking to talk to someone that can give me some info. I've heard conflicting things about the chances of even doing the fun stuff in a USMS career. Some say that after a few years you can get out to a field office and do investigations after you've done your time elsewhere. Others say you might never do investigations and might never get any street time on a task force. Anyone who has info feel free to PM me or post what you know here... I just want to hear about it the career options and chances of those options from someone else who is not a recruiter.