Military Police Officer Thoughts

Dan21

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Hi,

I've been thinking for quite a long time about joining the army, and considering the Military Police as an Officer as I have the qualifications required, had a couple of questions.

1) Would it be better to apply as a Military Police Soldier and then try to become an Officer at a later date? I've heard many officers are disliked by soldiers if they go straight in at Officer level?

2) Are military police generally disliked? Civilians, especially many whom I know, despise the police for no real reason other than they're the police, is this the same with MPs?

3) Am I likely to see combat? I already have a desk job in a security industry and I'd rather be doing things than paperwork all day.

4) I have defaults on my credit file from being a moron when I was 18, debts are cleared completely (paid in full), but they stick around on the file for 6 years, is this likely to be an issue?

Would appreciate any feedback.

Dan.
 
1) If you meet the criteria for commission then go for commission. Why would you delay it? It's your choice at the end if the day though.

2) Yes but not by everyone. There is a great deal of banter mixed with mistrust.

3) Their role isn't particularly geared towards front line but there are certain specialisations that can see some action. The also deal with Close Protection duties. A significant number of RMP have sadly lost their lives in the line of duty over recent years.

4) It wouldn't be a bar as long as the debts are cleared but it would almost certainly be taken into account. Just be honest about it and that will say a lot more about your integrity and maturity.
 
Hi Dan
I'd suggest that you head to an Army Careers office for the answers to these questions.
Prepare for some 'robust' feedback from this site.

Good luck.
 
Hi,

I've been thinking for quite a long time about joining the army, and considering the Military Police as an Officer as I have the qualifications required, had a couple of questions.

1) Would it be better to apply as a Military Police Soldier and then try to become an Officer at a later date? I've heard many officers are disliked by soldiers if they go straight in at Officer level?

2) Are military police generally disliked? Civilians, especially many whom I know, despise the police for no real reason other than they're the police, is this the same with MPs?

3) Am I likely to see combat? I already have a desk job in a security industry and I'd rather be doing things than paperwork all day.

4) I have defaults on my credit file from being a moron when I was 18, debts are cleared completely (paid in full), but they stick around on the file for 6 years, is this likely to be an issue?

Would appreciate any feedback.

Dan.
Dan,

I'll try to answer some of your questions as a serving RMP Officer.

1) No, if you want to go for a commission then go for a commission. The old cliche of 'go through the ranks, you'll get more respect' is long gone. You get respect for getting stuck in, being a good Officer, down to earth and professional.
Obviously with a little* bit of pi55 taking!

*alright, a lot of pi55 taking...

2) Tbh, no. The people who dislike us tend to have had a job-number assigned to them at one point. We've had a number of success from BANNER, TELIC, HERRICK and are still an integral part of the military. Firm-base policing wise you'll probably see the same faces, if its not us arresting them, it'll be CIVPOL.

As we revert back to conventional war fighting post-HERRICK you'll get an appreciation of everything from the F Ech back to the APOD/SPOD - this puts you at an advantage when you go on JOTAC, CWC. I joined the Corps when we were very much a G4 Cap-Badge and provided Lines of Communication (now mobility support) and was exposed to Brigade/Divisional Support Groups, harbour areas, defiles, vulnerable points and the nuances of getting materiel from the rear areas forward far earlier in my career than my Sandhurst Platoon-mates.

3) As much as anyone else. HERRICK has finished and at present tours will be few and far between. As a cap-badge we're now finding that we're going back to Close Protection being the ones who deploy again and again (however, if you see combat doing CP, you've failed in your job). I have deployed operationally on CP and enjoyed it immensely.

We do also have troops deployed almost everywhere the British Army is, there is more than ample opportunity to deploy on short or long term basis to Canada, Kenya, Estonia, USA etc.

There is no hiding the fact however that in anything you do as an Officer, you will be primarily office based. This goes for all cap-badges. You are primarily a manager - regardless of all the recruiting videos you watch of door-kicking, abseiling, grenade throwing dealers of death - someone has to sit in an office and write their reports, organise their training, authorise their leave. You'll get to do that *some* of the time, however you are employed for your intelligence and organisational skills.
You will need to show competence in your trade, however whatever you choose and be fit in order to lead your soldiers, but you're not paid to be a soldier.

4) I'd speak to the careers office, we do as a cap-badge require you to pass further checks beyond vetting - I can't give you an answer for this.

Have a look at the AGC recruiting board, there are loads of threads on there which will answer questions on day to day life and suchlike.
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PM me if you have any other questions
 
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