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U.S. Army CID seeking special-agent candidates
Army news service
QUANTICO, Va., Aug. 19, 2011 -- The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, commonly known as CID, is
actively recruiting qualified Soldiers who are interested in pursuing a career as a federal law-enforcement officer.
Special agents with CID are some of the most highly-trained and experienced detectives in the law-enforcement
arena. They are responsible for investigating felony-level crime that has an Army nexus, conducting
protective-service operations, conducting counter-narcotic operations, developing criminal intelligence, and working
with federal, state and local law-enforcement agencies worldwide.
"Without a doubt, this is the best job in the Army," said Special Agent Erick Bryant, an 18-year veteran of CID who has
mentored more than 100 apprentice special agents during his career. Asked if he feels like his work has a made a
difference in terms of protecting Soldiers and the Army as a whole, Bryant replies with a resounding, "Yes, absolutely."
"I feel as though I am contributing to others' welfare," said Bryant. "It's my experience that every agent I've
encountered wants to help victims. On some level, it's a common thread with every agent. That shared goal brings us
together and gives us a common purpose. There is strength in that."
Agent candidates go through 15 weeks of training during the CID Special Agent Course at the U.S. Army Military
Police School and receive advanced training in several specialized investigative disciplines. Selected agents can
receive advanced training at the FBI National Academy, Metropolitan Police Academy at Scotland Yard, the Defense
Academy of Credibility Assessment, and the Canadian Police College.
Agents also have the opportunity to pursue a master's degree in forensic science from George Washington University
and enlisted agents have tremendous opportunities to become warrant officers.
"The training is fast-paced and thought-provoking covering everything from crime-scene processing to interviews and
interrogations and was recently accredited by the Federal Law Enforcement Training Accreditation Board," said CID
Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas Seaman, who is also a CID special agent. "The instructors are some of the most
respected law-enforcement professionals in the field and the quality of and the level of instruction is second to none.
As an apprentice agent, new agents at their first duty assignment receive mentorship and field training by senior
agents and are given an opportunity to apply a multitude of felony investigative techniques in real-life scenarios while
learning to master their craft."
To qualify, applicants must be a U.S. citizen, at least 21 years old, be an E-4 or E-5 (non-promotable), with at least
two years - but not more than 12 years time in service, have an ST score of 107 or higher, have at least 60 college
credit hours (waiver of up to half of this prerequisite may be considered), have a physical profile 222221 or higher,
with normal color vision and no record of mental or emotional disorders, a minimum of one year of military police
experience or two years of civilian police experience (a waiver of this prerequisite may be considered).
With just 12 months on the job, Special Agent Jennifer Swierk, a former military police officer and now a CID special
agent at Fort Stewart, Ga., says she became an agent because she wanted a challenging career in law enforcement,
but more importantly, she wanted to serve and protect her fellow Soldiers.
"CID was something I was familiar with prior to even joining the military," said Swierk. "As an MP (military police officer)
I worked with CID and realized it was the type of job I would thoroughly enjoy. I recognized I wanted to be a part of
something bigger than the MP world. I cannot think of any other job in the Army I would rather be doing."
Applicants must be able to speak and write clearly, have suitable character established by a Single Scope
Background Investigation -- leading to a top-secret clearance, no record of unsatisfactory credit and no felony or
court-martial convictions. Lastly, applicants must be able to complete 36 months of service obligation upon completion
of the CID Special Agent Course.
"The unique opportunities in CID are second to none and our agents are some of the most sought-after professionals
in law enforcement today because of the caliber of training they receive and their experience in solving serious
crime," said Chris Grey, chief of Public Affairs for CID. "We are always looking for qualified Soldiers to join our elite
team of investigators."
According to Grey, CID special agents are first responders and the Army's detectives for murders, sexual assaults,
contracting fraud, robbery, computer crimes and any other felony criminal acts against the Army community. Agents
from CID work daily with the FBI, ATF, DEA, and numerous other law-enforcement agencies and have one of the
highest solve rates for serious crime within federal law enforcement.
To apply, contact a local CID office today, or go to www.cid.army.mil for additional information.