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Old 05-22-2017, 03:03 PM
 
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My cousin's son is an Army MP. For his first duty station he was ripped away from his family (he's single) and sent to Hawaii. After a few months in Hawaii he was sent on a seven month TDY to Guam. Life is really rough for him right now.
Son leaves in June for Iraq second time and Son in law leaves for Alaska and then deploys to Afghanistan for his third time.
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Old 05-22-2017, 03:41 PM
 
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I am just so proud but so nervous too.. She signed up for Military Police for 5 yr term..
She ships out on July 3 for boot camp.. She is just 23
She is beyond happy and excited as are we..
If there are any military police women here, I would love to hear from you, advice ..
Or just let me know its a great career for women and she will be fine .. LOL
Congratulations!

I was a Staff Sergeant in the Infantry when I got out in '92. Even then, female MPs existed, so it is not a new thing. I think she will do just fine. Hopefully she understands what Basic Training is about and she is in good shape and can keep up physically.

From past experience, the new recruits/soldiers that come in a little bit older (i.e in their 20s), have more maturity and tend to do better, and generally are looked up to a little more among their peers.

I wish her luck!
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Old 05-22-2017, 04:03 PM
 
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Congrats. My son went in at 18.

Fun Facts:

Just remember during Basic (not "boot camp" in Army) her platoon will have a FB page.
POST NOTHING on it. Trust me on this one. She will be "smoked" for anything & everything you say.

Also, send NADA during Basic...except letters or what ever else she says is ok.
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Old 05-23-2017, 04:53 PM
 
Location: Texas Hill Country
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Women have been Army MPs since 1941. About 25% of the MP Corps is female nowadays.

Those who have been claiming the outsourcing to civilians has negatively impacted upon MP promotions are giving out obsolete information. Gate guard duties, on-post traffic control, etc. were outsourced a very long time ago, and the MP Corps restructured itself.

Today's MP Corps is a Combat Support organization, with responsibilities for:
1. Security and Mobility Operations
2. Police operations
3. Detention operations
4. Police intelligence operations

In the Reserves, MPs are also responsible for Prisoner of War camps.

The MP enlisted specialties are:
31B (95B) Military Police
31D (95D) Criminal Investigations Special Agent
31E (95C) Internment/Resettlement Specialist
31K Military Police Working Dog Handler

Everyone starts out as a 95B, then applies for the other specialties.

Here's a bit more detail of what today's MP does:
http://www.wood.army.mil/usamps/Miss...isciplines.PDF

I was an MP officer as a secondary specialty, and served in an MP brigade and a POW battalion (USAR). I think your daughter will find all kinds of interesting things about being an MP, and wish her the very best.
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Old 05-23-2017, 07:42 PM
 
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Son has been a Marine MP for twelve years,yes it has.
Step-son is a Marine firefighter and is augmented to the SPs. He's deployed right now but would much rather be working in his MOS. In Hawaii, I can't remember seeing contract/non-military at the front gate. I work at a Navy base and we have civilian and military at the gate.

One thing you have to learn about the Army. They don't have bases for ships or bases for their airplanes (per se). They have bases where they get ready for contingency operations. They live to play war. It's totally different than any other branch, imo. I managed all the Army Reserve facilities in Atlanta (only one base and there were civilians at the gate). And I managed facilities on Oahu, not Army but I spent enough time on Schofield Barracks to learn they're just parked there to deploy. Craziness! Hard for me to wrap my head around and I still probably don't completely understand it.

Much respect to your daughter and the Army. Hooah! (tell her to be a dog handler!!)
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Old 05-23-2017, 08:00 PM
 
Location: Shelton, WA
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Much respect to your daughter and the Army. Hooah! (tell her to be a dog handler!!)
Ha ha.. yes, we have two German Shepherds and she would LOVE that ♥
AND Thank you everyone for all your feedback and well wishes.. Means a lot to me ♥
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Old 05-24-2017, 06:19 AM
 
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Congratulations ,my only comment is the at much of the MP work in all the arm force's has been outsourced and is now done by "private contractors".Not much room for advancement as an MP.

Some Services do still use contractors for gate guard duty, but the Marine Corps does not. All MPs are either uniformed or civilian (GS) personnel.
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Old 05-24-2017, 06:15 PM
 
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Some Services do still use contractors for gate guard duty, but the Marine Corps does not. All MPs are either uniformed or civilian (GS) personnel.

To my knowledge Quantico civilians(at the gates) were contracted.They also have both.
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Old 05-26-2017, 03:55 AM
 
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May I have inquire what sacrifices she is making ? Most who enlist look at the benefits and a pride to serve. Curious if you can share here this decision for her to enlist.
Interesting question here. Are you implying the sacrifices and benefits are exclusive of each other? Others have already pointed out the sacrifices made, so I won't but just because there are benefits and pride, does not mean there is no sacrifice, assuming that is what you imply.
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Old 05-26-2017, 03:59 AM
 
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You lose some freedoms while being in the military. Plus, you are technically on duty 24/7; you cannot live where you desire, but where your orders designate, and you are subject to hostile situations, in some cases. Also, you may be separated from your family for some time. Finally, some are called to make the ultimate sacrifice.
Exactly! Many who have never had any connection to the military at all, and have not bothered to learn, do not understand that. Of course, someone will reply to this with, "well, they volunteered". True but, but it doesn't negate the fact there are sacrifices involved. Some more life-changing than others.
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