For the third year in a row, the US Army Criminal Investigation Command is looking for applicants to become Special Agents through their Officer to Warrant Officer program.
In 2016, around 15 Special Agents graduated from the program and began their careers as CID Warrant Officers. The program was successful last year, and another class of Special Agents is currently in progress at Fort Leonard Wood with an expected graduation date of 3 July 2018.
Program requirements can be found here, and although those in the MP Corps would make good candidates, the program is for any company grade officer in the United States Army. However, those outside the Military Police Regiment will need to possess a specific bachelor’s degree in a field like criminal justice or biology.
“Successful applicants will really need to have a drive for criminal investigation, law enforcement, or special investigations. The program does mean a cut in pay, but if those who are interested have a desire to succeed in this career field, it is an excellent opportunity,” said Chief Warrant Officer 5 Edgar Collins.
Those interested have until May 18, 2018 to complete their CID and Warrant Officer packets.
“Applicants need to be coordinating with the Warrant Officer recruiter, as well as with the CID recruiter at our headquarters when they begin their application process,” said Collins.
Once the deadline has been reached, there will be a board process where all packets are reviewed and scored. Applicants will then be notified of their acceptance to the CID program and will await notification of their acceptance to the Warrant Officer program through United States Army Recruiting Command at Fort Knox.
Though the course start date fluctuates, most applicants will begin about a year after acceptance to the program. In the past, CID has tried to keep all Officer to Warrant Officer program members in the same course.
Accepted applicants will complete a PCS move to Fort Leonard Wood to attend the 15-week CID/Special Agent course. Once completed, they’ll continue on to the Warrant Officer Basic Course (WOBC). During the WOBC they’ll receive their Request For Orders (RFOs) and learn where they’ll head for their next assignment.
“Typically, during their first year, we’ll send them to a larger installation to complete what we call an apprentice year. They’ll be mentored and spend time completing on-the-job training,” said Collins.
The Army requires that those who complete the program commit to a six-year active duty service obligation; however, the skills gained as a criminal investigator are not just applicable, but highly sought outside the military. Agencies such as the Department of the Interior and Homeland Security are often looking to fill positions with the skills and experience gained as a CID agent.
Additionally, the private sector could be a solid option for any agent when the time comes to transition from military to civilian. Not only are local or state police departments good options, but even large corporations like Target or Walmart hire investigators to work internally.
“Those who choose this route have to have a strong passion for this awesome career field. Our culture is much like one big family. We work well together; our close bond ensures that our newest agents will be supported and continue to be mentored throughout their careers,” said Collins.