MOS 31B Military Police
Military police supervise or provide support to the battle field by conducting maneuver and mobility support (MMS), area security, internment resettlement operations, police intelligence operations, prisoner of war operations, civilian internee operations, law and order operations on the battlefield and support to the peacetime Army community through security of critical Army resources, crime prevention programs and preservation of law and order. For more information on MOS 31B, see this Army website.
Note: Information related to the Missouri Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) can be found in the Additional Information section.
The following civilian credentials are related to MOS 31B. These credentials may require additional education, training or experience. For more information about these credentials, click on the credential title below.
For supervisory and managerial credentials, please refer to the Manager (All enlisted E-5 and above) page.
|Credential||Agency||Related As||Promotion Points||GI Bill®||Accreditation|
|Certified Safety Professional (CSP) Is In Demand||Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP)||some||Promo Points||GI Bill||ANSI|
|Certified Protection Professional (CPP) Is Not In Demand||ASIS International||some||Promo Points||GI Bill||ANSI|
|Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) Is In Demand||International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. (ISC 2)||other||GI Bill||ANSI|
|Certified Legal Investigator (CLI) Is Not In Demand||National Association of Legal Investigators (NALI)||other|
|Safety Trained Supervisor (STS) Is Not In Demand||Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP)||some||GI Bill||ANSI|
|Certified Corrections Officer (CCO) Is Not In Demand||American Correctional Association (ACA)||other||GI Bill|
|Certified Jail Manager (CJM) Is Not In Demand||American Jail Association (AJA)||other|
|Professional Certified Investigator (PCI) Is Not In Demand||ASIS International||some||Promo Points||GI Bill||ANSI|
|Physical Security Professional (PSP) Is Not In Demand||ASIS International||some||GI Bill||ANSI|
|Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP) Is In Demand||International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. (ISC 2)||other||GI Bill||ANSI|
|CompTIA Security+ ce Is In Demand||Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA)||other||GI Bill||ANSI|
|Certified Law Enforcement Planner Is Not In Demand||International Association of Law Enforcement Planners (IALEP)||other|
|Early Adolescence Through Young Adulthood/Career and Technical Education Is Not In Demand||National Board for Professional Teaching Standards||other|
|Certified Forensic Interviewer (CFI) Is Not In Demand||International Association of Interviewers (IAI)||some|
|Certified Professional Investigator (CPI) Is Not In Demand||California Association of Licensed Investigators (CALI)||some||Promo Points|
|Certified Fire Investigator (CFI) Is Not In Demand||International Association of Arson Investigators||other|
|Certified Crime Scene Investigator (CCSI) Is Not In Demand||International Association for Identification (IAI)||other|
|Certified Insurance Fraud Investigator (CIFI) Is Not In Demand||International Association of Special Investigation Units (IASIU)||other|
|Accredited Traffic Accident Reconstructionist Is Not In Demand||Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction (ACTAR)||some||Promo Points|
|Certified Corrections Manager (CCM) Is Not In Demand||American Correctional Association (ACA)||other||GI Bill|
|Certified Corrections Supervisor (CCS) Is Not In Demand||American Correctional Association (ACA)||other||GI Bill|
|Certified Corrections Executive (CCE) Is Not In Demand||American Correctional Association (ACA)||other||GI Bill|
|Criminal Intelligence Certified Analyst (CICA) Is Not In Demand||International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts||some||Promo Points|
|Tenprint Fingerprint Certification Is Not In Demand||International Association for Identification (IAI)||some|
|Footwear Certification Is Not In Demand||International Association for Identification (IAI)||some|
|Certified Crime Scene Analyst (CCSA) Is Not In Demand||International Association for Identification (IAI)||other|
|Certified Jail Officer (CJO) Is Not In Demand||American Jail Association (AJA)||other|
|GIAC Law of Data Security and Investigations (GLEG) Is Not In Demand||Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC)||some||GI Bill|
|Certified Corrections Officer/Provisional (CCO/P) Is Not In Demand||American Correctional Association (ACA)||other|
|Associate Safety Professional (ASP) Is In Demand||Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP)||some||Promo Points||ANSI|
|Security Program Integration Professional Certification (SPIPC) Is Not In Demand||Center for Development of Security Excellence (CDSE)||other||NCCA|
|Security Fundamentals Professional Certification (SFPC) Is Not In Demand||Center for Development of Security Excellence (CDSE)||some||NCCA|
|Security Asset Protection Professional Certification (SAPPC) Is Not In Demand||Center for Development of Security Excellence (CDSE)||some||NCCA|
|Certified Emergency Disaster Professional (CEDP) Is Not In Demand||International Board for Certification of Safety Managers||some||Promo Points|
|Certified Corrections Officers/Juvenile (CCO/JUV) Is Not In Demand||American Correctional Association (ACA)||other|
|Certified Corrections Supervisor/Juvenile (CCS/JUV) Is Not In Demand||American Correctional Association (ACA)||other|
|Certified Corrections Manager/Juvenile (CCM/JUV) Is Not In Demand||American Correctional Association (ACA)||other|
|Certified Corrections Executive/Juvenile (CCE/JUV) Is Not In Demand||American Correctional Association (ACA)||other|
|Certified Corrections Supervisor/Security Threat Group (CCS/STG) Is Not In Demand||American Correctional Association (ACA)||other|
|Certified Corrections Manager/Security Threat Group (CCM/STG) Is Not In Demand||American Correctional Association (ACA)||other|
|Adjudicator Professional Certification (APC) Is Not In Demand||Center for Development of Security Excellence (CDSE)||other||NCCA|
|Industrial Security Oversight Certification (ISOC) Is Not In Demand||Center for Development of Security Excellence (CDSE)||other||NCCA|
|Physical Security Certification (PSC) Is Not In Demand||Center for Development of Security Excellence (CDSE)||some||NCCA|
|Special Program Security Certification (SPSC) Is Not In Demand||Center for Development of Security Excellence (CDSE)||other|
|Certified Collection Management Professional - Fundamental (CCMP-F) Is Not In Demand||Defense Intelligence Agency PMO (DIA)||some||NCCA|
|Certified Defense All-Source Analysis - Level 1 (CDASA-1) Is Not In Demand||Defense Intelligence Agency PMO (DIA)||some||Promo Points||NCCA|
|Joint Intelligence Planner-Proficiency Level I (JIP-I) Is Not In Demand||Defense Intelligence Agency PMO (DIA)||some||Promo Points|
|Certified Sport Security Professional (CSSP) Is Not In Demand||National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4)||some||Promo Points||ANSI|
|Certified Correctional Trainer Is Not In Demand||American Jail Association (AJA)||other|
Some states have specific licensing requirements for the following related civilian occupations. These state licenses may require additional education, training or experience. Click on the occupation below to get more information on state requirements from the U.S. Department of Labor.
- Correctional Officers and Jailers
- Criminal Investigators and Special Agents
- First-Line Supervisors of Correctional Officers
- Forensic Science Technicians
- Police Detectives
- Police Identification and Records Officers
- Police Patrol Officers
- Private Detectives and Investigators
- Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists
- Security Guards
- Sheriffs and Deputy Sheriffs
- Social and Community Service Managers
- Training and Development Specialists
The United Services Military Apprenticeship Program (USMAP) is a formal military training program that provides active duty and Full Time Support (FTS) Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Service members the opportunity to improve their job skills and to complete their civilian apprenticeship requirements while they are on active duty. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) provides the nationally recognized "Certificate of Completion" upon program completion.
USMAP enhances your job skills and shows your motivation for more challenging military assignments. Having a DOL Certificate of Completion is an advantage in getting better civilian jobs since employers know the value of apprenticeships.
The following USMAP apprenticeship trades are related to MOS 31B Military Police:
- Correction Officer (Government Service)
- Counselor (Professional & Kindred)
- Criminal Investigator
- Master Homeland Security Specialists
- Office Manager/Administrative Services
- Photographer, Still
- Police Officer I (Government Service)
- Protective Service Specialist
- Security Specialist
Completing an apprenticeship is a process with four major steps. Proceed to Step 1 on the USMAP website to select an apprenticeship trade that is related to your military occupation.
Related Civilian Occupations
The following civilian occupations are similar to the duties performed by MOS 31B-Military Police. These occupations may require additional education, training or experience. For more information about these occupations, click on the civilian occupation below. To search for related civilian job opportunities, go to the Veteran’s Employment Center.
Related Federal Occupations
The following federal occupations are similar to MOS 31B-Military Police. These occupations may require additional education, training or experience. For more information about these occupations, click on the federal occupation below.
- 0006 - Correctional Institution Administration Series
- 0007 - Correctional Officer Series
- 0072 - Fingerprint Identification Series
- 0080 - Security Administration Series
- 0082 - United States Marshal Series
- 0083 - Police Series
- 0085 - Security Guard Series
- 1801 - General Inspection, Investigation, Enforcement, and Compliance Series
- 1802 - Compliance Inspection and Support Series
- 1805 - Investigative Analysis Series
- 1810 - General Investigation Series
- 1811 - Criminal Investigation Series
- 1881 - Customs and Border Protection Interdiction Series
- 1895 - Customs and Border Protection Series
- 1896 - Border Patrol Enforcement Series
Other Career Considerations
A wide range of civilian job opportunities is available within the private and public sectors that align with MOS 31B Military Police military training and experience. More information about these opportunities and other considerations concerning occupations related to MOS 31B can be found below.
The Department of Energy (DOE) is responsible for the Nuclear Material Courier (Federal Agent) Training Program. Prior experience, which may have been gained in the Armed Forces, is required for this program. Information can be found on the Office of Secure Transportation (OST) website.
0080: Professional Security Specialist
Overview: This series includes positions that cover primary duties responsible for analytical, planning, advisory, operational, or evaluative work. The principal purpose is for the development and implementation of policies, procedures, standards, training, and methods for identifying and protecting information, personnel, property, facilities, operations, or material from unauthorized disclosure, misuse, theft, assault, vandalism, espionage, sabotage, or loss.
Duties at CBP: This position serves as a program manager or Security Program Officer with responsibility for performing assignments necessary to support the agency's efforts to safeguard its personnel, property, equipment, classified information, and all Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) assets. Typical work assignments may include:
- Representing CBP or DHS on security issues as a member of the departmental, agency, and inter-agency or inter-organizational workgroups as emerging issues mandate; and providing expert advice and assistance to senior management officials on security matters related to personnel, property, information, and CBP and/or DHS assets;
- Evaluating the sensitivity determination for each position; and reviewing, evaluating, and adjudicating reports of investigation, personnel files, and other records to determine whether to grant, deny, revoke, suspend, or restrict security clearances, consistent with national security and/or suitability issues;
- Assisting in coordinating the review and inspection of DHS facilities regarding clearance and access control; interacting with other agencies on a myriad of security issues; conducting, controlling, coordinating, monitoring, and reviewing security procedures and operations within the agency, the Department of Homeland Security, other federal agencies, international organizations, and state and local governments upon request; and evaluating existing security practices and making recommendations to correct any identified deficiencies;
- Identifying security matters covering areas such as the level and kind of security work to be performed; developing access control policies and procedures; resolving clearance and access security issues, and conducting inspections and assessments and offering corrective measures for deficiencies;
- Serving as an agency representative to the Operations Security program and coordinating Operational Security (OPSEC) programs within the agency to ensure that all employees are familiar with issues relating to the OPSEC program; preparing clearance and access survey directives and reports; assisting in reviewing sensitive clearance and access activities; and advising appropriate officials concerning the agency's maintenance of standards regarding its clearance and access OPSEC policies and recommending appropriate policy changes;
- Carrying out Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) policy established by the Director, Central Intelligence, relating to personnel and physical security within the agency; evaluating and adjudicating employee background investigations; advising supervisors of the procedures for adverse security determinations and employee rights; developing guidelines and procedures for special access approval; and interacting with other agencies in order to coordinate the review and inspection of facilities where SCI materials are discussed, stored, reviewed, and processed.
1802: Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Technician
Overview: This job series covers positions responsible for technical and clerical duties requiring the application of specialized knowledge of procedures, techniques, regulations, and office automation systems. The work serves to ensure adherence to provisions of CBP laws and regulations and requires extensive but less than a full specialist or officer training and capability.
Duties at CBP: Work within this job series requires a CBP Technician who will become professional performing technical duties requiring the application of specialized knowledge of procedures, techniques, regulations, and information. Typical work assignments include:
- Preparing complex broker/import cases for decision by a specialist, and reviewing declarations and cargo manifests for completeness and compliance with applicable regulations;
- Examining cargo and merchandise; applying appropriate tariff number, valve, and rate of duty and tax to merchandise; comparing passenger baggage to declarations;
- Coordinating and processing of data (permits, entries, declarations) into various automated systems;
- Assisting and providing support to CBP Officers and Agricultural Specialists on inspections, intelligence, analysis and examination of passengers, baggage and conveyances and cargo;
- Operating scanning equipment to review contents of packages; screening incoming parcels for completeness of declarations, admissibility, entry status, and contraband.
1889: Import Specialist
Overview: This job series covers positions that apply compliance and import knowledge to offer advice and guidance on classification, marking, origin, admissibility, and applicability of trade agreements and all other import related commercial operations activities.
Duties at CBP: Work within this job series requires an Import Specialist to perform a variety of duties that involve furnishing authoritative information and advice to field-based Import Specialists, so as to ensure the uniformity and accuracy of their decisions. Typical work assignments may include:
- Preparing advanced binding tariff classification rulings to importers and other interested persons and referring tariff related information to enhance the effectiveness of national cargo and entry summary selectivity;
- Preparing reports for the Assistant Chief Counsel (United States Court of International Trade) on court cases, protests for further review and re-appraisement cases recommending the government's position utilizing data and opinions developed in the office;
- Conducting national commodity seminars, webinars, port visits, and mini-seminars to promote accuracy and uniformity of CBP decisions nationwide; and
- Promoting Informed Compliance activities by conducting public outreach presentations and preparing Informed Compliance Publications on trade-related issues.
Locations: Various; Washington, DC
There are many opportunities for people with military law enforcement corrections training and experience in the government and private sectors. Links to government agencies and private sector employers in the corrections field are below:
- State Departments of Corrections
- Federal Bureau of Prisons
- Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Services
- U.S. Marshals Service, Detention Enforcement/Prisioner Operations
- Corrections Corporation of America
- American Correctional Association (ACA)
There are many opportunities for people with military police/force protection training and experience. A number of federal agencies employ law enforcement personnel; information on current law enforcement opportunities in the federal government can be found at:
- Bureau of Diplomatic Security
- Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Services
- Drug Enforcement Agency
- Federal Bureau of Investigation
- Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms
- Department of Homeland Security, Federal Protective Service
- Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration
- U.S. Secret Service
- U.S. Customs and Border Protection
- U.S. Marshals Service
The requirements of law enforcement jobs vary, however, people with military police/force protection training and experience are usually qualified and often sought after for these careers. The following sites provide portals to information on law enforcement jobs:
Additional information pertaining to MOS 31B Military Police can be found below.
Enlisted Service members in CMF 31 and Warrant Officers holding the WO MOS 311A may be eligible to apply for the Missouri Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) exam. Successful completion of the exam would allow you to earn the POST license required for civilian employment as a peace officer in Missouri. See Information for Applicants to the Missouri Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST).
PoliceTraining.net provides a portal to information on law enforcement training programs.
In addition to obtaining certifications in your field, advanced education is another way to enhance job performance.
For help in making informed choices on schools and education programs when using tuition assistance, see: