Enlisted personnel have a few choices if they want to pursue a career in the legal and laws fields in the Army. They can be members of the Army’s police force, work in the prisons, courts or fight fires. These are all entry level positions and are open to both men and women.
Military Police A member of the Military Police in the Army is responsible for enforcing military laws and regulations, investigating crimes committed on Army property or against Army personnel and their families. They patrol in car or boat and on bicycle as well as by foot. They secure the crime scene, interview witnesses and victims, collect evidence, arrest suspects and testify in court. Candidates need to complete 19 weeks of One Station Unit Training which includes the 9 weeks of basic training and advanced individual training where they learn Basic warrior skills, Military and civil laws and jurisdiction, Crime and accident investigation procedures, Evidence collection procedures, including fingerprinting and suspect questioning, how to use firearms, how to direct traffic and control crowds and how to restrain and arrest suspects.
Firefighter A Firefighter in the Army performs the same duties as their civilian counterparts, but in addition to buildings, they fight fires on aircraft and ships. They are also trained in salvage and rescue missions and fire protection measures. The candidates must pass the 9 week basic training course followed by 13 weeks and 1 day of advanced individual training where they learn about the types of fires, how to operate the equipment and firefighting, first aid and rescue procedures.
Internment/Resettlement Specialist An Internment Resettlement Specialist in the Army is responsible for the day to day operation of the military prisons. The candidates must pass the 9 weeks of basic training followed by 8 weeks of advanced individual training where they learn Military laws and jurisdictions, Level of Force Procedures, Unarmed Self-Defense Techniques, Ethics Procedures, Communications Skills, Close confinement operations, Search and restraint procedures, how to use firearms and Custody and control procedures
Paralegal Specialist A Paralegal Specialist in the Army works with the judges, lawyers and unit commanders with preparing legal documents for courts-martial, non-judicial punishment, and other military justice matters, They also work in the area of family law by preparing powers of attorney, will and separation agreements. They also have the opportunity to become a court reporter. Candidates must have a high school diploma or GED and be able to type 25 words a minute. They must also pass the 9 week basic training course followed by 10 weeks of advanced individual training where they learn
Legal terminology and research techniques, How to prepare legal documents, How to summarize transcripts, Army judicial process and How to interview witnesses.