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I am debating whether or not to get out of the army right now. I am in the infantry so law enforcement/swat is the best transition. I saw tha you said your organization hires swat "off the street." How does the hiring process work?

Honestly, you would be better off staying in, depending on how much time you have invested.  While it might suck, the long term benefits (retirement and medical) will outweigh that in time.   

Yes, we hire SRT 'off the street', but at the moment, we are (like every other DoD agency) getting ready to undergo pay cuts (furlough) and curtailing of overtime (which is how SRT gets paid, basically).   

My suggestion is go to school if you can, or look into lat moving and then go to school. A degree in ANYthing will pay off in the future.   

At the moment, I wouldn't really advise a fed civilian career, esp. to someone in the military.  It's just not worth what you give up.   

Our hiring process goes through a computer, basically you submit a resume (through USA Jobs), which is then run through a computer program for qualifiications (it looks for keywords out of the job I can tell you, that's what I'm told it does, anyway).  If you make the cut, then your resume is forwarded to the Law enforcement branch for further action, and you get a notice to appear for testing. (Which is being debated at the moment, as it used to be a PT test, and might very well be again, but at the moment is up in the air).  At the moment it's an interview process.  Once you complete that then the command makes a decision.  

Very convoluted and often confusing, but this IS the DoD..and the Dept of Army.  

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Jason Grabill


General Maryland Law Enforcement, Maryland Law & Traffic Law, the Court System. How to start the process to become a Police Officer, different Police careers, the Interview process, General Police career questions


18 Years experience as a local and Federal Police officer. In addition to working "the road", I've worked as an Academy Instructor, Law Digest Compiler for Police Department, Community Policing coordinator, Department Gang officer, Bike Patrol Officer, and Advanced Accident Investigator. I've also served on the SWAT/SRT team, and currently work for the Department of Army Police (Federal Civilian) at Fort Detrick, Frederick Md, as a Sergeant. I'm Certified as a Police and Emergency Medical dispatcher through the National Academies of Emergency Dispatch.

Police Marksman Association Fraternal Order of Police

South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy
Prince Georges County Maryland Municipal Police Academy, Western Maryland Police Academy
Radar, Portable Breath Test, PR-24 Police Baton, ASP, Police Mountain Bike Certified. Maryland Police Training Commission Basic Instructor Certified. CALEA Certified Field Training Officer (FTO), Advanced Criminal Investigator School, Advanced Crash Investigator School, National Academies of Emergency Dispatch Certified Emergency Police Dispatch, Emergency Medical Dispatch, Emergency Telecommunications Operator.

Awards and Honors
Police Officer of the Year, Prince Georges County Municipal Police Chiefs Association (1995).
City of District Heights Police Officer of the Year, 1995.
Distinguished Service Cross for Valor, 1995 (National Association Chiefs of Police).

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