Marine Corps

5811:Military Police (MOS 5811)

Military police function in a similar capacity to police officers in the civilian world. They keep order while in garrison and assist with patrols and security while deployed. The MP role also includes dog handler, which is MOS 5812.


Is there a clearance required?: No

Is this a combat or support MOS?: Support


Military Duties:

his is one of the few military occupations which require someone to be on duty 24 hours per day 7 days per week. An individual serving as a military policeman, or woman, will become accustomed to working shift work with a schedule being something like, 4 nights on 3 days off, and 3 days on with 4 nights off. Of course, this will vary by command and the needs of the Marine Corps, but shift work will be a common part of life for anyone serving as a 5811 marine MOS. What can be expected while on shift? Well, every shift will be different. One aspect of being a policeman, or woman, in the military, that is uniquely different from their civilian counterparts, is the fact that Marine Military Police are often tasked with standing guard duty at gates. Therefore, a shift may be nothing more than monitoring a gate post for up to 12 hours, verifying credentials of persons entering and exiting the base, and keeping a lookout for any suspicious vehicles or activity. When not standing post at a gate, military policemen, and women, will be tasked to patrol sections of the base.

Military Duties Translated:

Marines that serve as military policemen, and women, are more than prepared to enter the civilian world and pursue a career as a law enforcement officer for their hometown, their county, or as state policemen for the state that they call home. It is an easy transition and some agencies are even offering bonuses and pay incentives for personnel who have military police backgrounds. Police officers are expected to have a job growth of 5% with annual salaries of $63,380 nationwide. This is a lucrative salary with plenty of growth opportunities for anyone interested in advancing their careers as law enforcement officers. Additionally, time in military service can be counted towards retirement for anyone interested in serving a full 20 years as a police officer.

Some civilian jobs best suited to this type of military experience:

Police Officer