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If he uses his military time to pay for a college degree, he can get one of those federal jobs. Also, the Border Patrol and U.S. Secret Service uniformed branch don't require a degree, but I have gone to training with a couple of guys who were in the Secret Service uniformed branch and they hated it - both quit to join an airport police department.My son is in AIT for 31B in the Army. Among other interests, he's still considering a career in LE. He's under no delusions about the current attitude toward police in this country. He's active military for 5 years, who knows what can happen in 5 years. My advice to him was to work toward a degree while he's in and choose his backup plan.
I deployed to Afghanistan with several Border Patrol and ICE agents a few years ago and they seem to like their jobs, but he needs to learn Spanish (that's a plus for all law enforcement). One Border Patrol officer's wife didn't even speak English...I was a little suspicious.
If I was a 31B just starting an enlistment in the Army and wanted a civilian law enforcement career, I'd be focused on college and learning Spanish throughout the enlistment. The Army is always a good place to learn and practice your Spanish - he can probably even get free classes on post.