Company: US Navy
Posted on: November 12, 2021
In any large community like the Navy, law enforcement and security
are essential. Whether executing crime prevention programs or
carrying out anti-terrorism measures, the Sailors working as the
Navy's military police are equipped to handle any situation.
Provide security on ships, at bases and at military installations
all around the world. Train to become a K9 dog handler and even
protect and escort shipboard weapons in the armory. The call to
serve and protect starts by defending our own.
What to Expect
The law enforcement and security community provides a wide range of
critical services to every part of the Navy. As a Master-at-Arms
- Provide security and physical protection for service
- Train fellow Sailors in security and shore patrol duties
- Serve as a security advisor for your squadron
- Assist in crowd control and riot prevention
- Operate military prisons (brigs) aboard ships and on shore
- Handle and care and training for dogs that detect narcotics and
- Conduct waterborne security patrol and interdiction
- Provide protective service to high-ranking dignitaries and
- Conduct preliminary investigations into Uniform Code of
Military Justice violations
- Conduct crime prevention programs
As an Enlisted Sailor working in law enforcement, you will have the
chance to work in a number of environments. Though sometimes you
may work behind a desk, you will often be out interacting with the
community in a law enforcement capacity. You can expect to work at
shore stations in the United States and overseas, aboard ships or
as part of a maritime security squadron. In short, your assignments
could take you anywhere in the world.
Training & Advancement
Upon completion of the initial 7-9 week Recruit Training (known as
Boot Camp), those pursuing a Law Enforcement & Security role will
report to San Antonio, TX, where they will receive formal Navy
technical training at "A" School for about 9 weeks. Here, they will
learn antiterrorism techniques, armed sentry/post standing
techniques, crime prevention, military and civil law,
communications, first aid, firearms deployment and physical
Promotion opportunities are regularly available but competitive and
based on performance.
It's also important to note that specialized training received and
work experience gained in the course of service can lead to
valuable credentialing and occupational opportunities in related
fields in the civilian sector.
Beyond offering access to professional credentials and
certifications, Navy technical and operational training in the
field of Law Enforcement & Security can translate to credit hours
toward a bachelor's or associate degree through the American
Council on Education .
You may also continue your education through undergraduate degree
opportunities like the Navy College Program and Tuition Assistance
and the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
Qualifications & Requirements
A high-school diploma or equivalent is required to become an
Enlisted Sailor in law enforcement and security. Those seeking a
Master-at-Arms position should be people-oriented, dedicated,
resourceful and versatile. They should also possess physical
strength, manual dexterity and be competent with tools and
equipment. Citizenship requirements may vary.
General qualifications may vary depending upon whether you're
currently serving , whether you've served before or whether you've
never served before .
Serving part-time as a Navy Reserve Sailor, your duties will be
carried out during your scheduled drilling and training periods.
During monthly drilling, Masters-at-Arms in the Navy Reserve
typically work at a location close to their homes.
For annual training, Masters-at-Arms may serve anywhere in the
world-on ships or at bases and installations. Take a moment to
learn more about the general roles and responsibilities of Navy
Reserve Sailors .
Most of what you do in the Navy Reserve is considered training. The
basic Navy Reserve commitment involves training a minimum of one
weekend a month (referred to as drilling) and two weeks a year
(referred to as Annual Training) - or the equivalent of that.
Masters-at-Arms in the Navy Reserve serve in an Enlisted role.
Before receiving the ongoing professional training that comes with
the job, initial training requirements must be met.
For current or former military Enlisted servicemembers: prior
experience satisfies the initial Recruit Training requirement - so
you will not need to go through Boot Camp again. For those without
prior military experience: you will need to meet the initial
Recruit Training requirement by attending Boot Camp for seven to
nine weeks in Great Lakes, IL. This training course will prepare
you for service in the Navy Reserve and count as your first Annual
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