Is a college degree needed to be a police officer after military service?
I am currently a junior in high school. I know I will be serving in the military after high school either as an enlisted member or an officer (still not sure). I am wondering if I were to enlist in a combat branch such as infantry, If I would be able to get a police officer job after military service. I am also wondering if the time of services matters. (like if I was in for 10-20 years enlisted opposed to 4 years would I have a better chance of getting a job with more years.) I know If I were to do that, I wouldn't be going to college, so I wouldn't have a degree. On the other side, If I was an officer, what type of degree would be best ( I am interested in criminal justice/criminology/sociology). I know I could also enlist after college too. If you could share any info/help on this topic that would be great. I have time to decide, I just want to make sure I will be able to be a cop after serving.
Asked By: Evan - 5/6/2013
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Requirements to become a police officer vary and how you become a police officer varies depending on the police department. As far as education goes, some departments only require applicants to have at least a high school diploma or ged, some departments require applicants to have at least a certain amount of college... More
Answered By: J.W. - 5/6/2013
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It depends with department or state you will become an officer in they have their own regulations; but if you enlist with the express idea of becoming an officer it would make more sense, to me at least, to go into the military law enforcement track.
Answered By: Ryan - 5/6/2013
You need the degree. Only minorities and females can get on with just a HS diploma. Sorry but its a fact. Been there and done that
Answered By: Patrick - 5/6/2013
I'm in the exact same situation as you are. A Junior who wants to join the military come back and be in law enforcement. I personally met a Marine infantry sgt. Great guy has been a great mentor, well he now works in a SWAT team. The guy is a rolemodel has helped me out a lot. So it can be done.... Hey maybe we will... More
Answered By: kevin - 5/6/2013
depends on the State or local agency you wish to join. many do require a degree. some do not. prior military service is NOT a substitute on most cases. it gives you an extra boost on your resume, but that;s about it.
Answered By: Mrsjvb - 5/7/2013
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