Military Police

MGySgt to Pvt - PMOS


Military Police perform assigned military law enforcement duties to uphold the criminal justice system, maintain good order and discipline, and support the commander's law enforcement and security requirements in peacetime and combat operations. Typical duties include foot and motorized patrol, control of pedestrian and vehicular traffic, crime prevention/physical security, Desk Sergeant, Communications Dispatcher, Squad Leader, Watch Commander, Platoon Sergeant, Operations Chief, and Provost Sergeant Billets. MOS 5811 is very demanding in that the Military Police are confronted with every form of violation and criminal activity, misdemeanor through felony.


  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must possess a GT score of 100 or higher (may not be waived).
  • Security requirement: Secret security clearance eligibility.
  • Must have normal color vision (waivers to this prerequisite will not be granted).
  • Must be 18 years old prior to completion of formal school.
  • Must have a minimum height requirement of 64 inches. (In pursuit of safety, waivers to the height requirements in MCO 11240.66D will not be granted.)
  • Must have a valid state driver's license.
  • Must have vision correctable to 20/20.
  • Must possess clarity of speech.
  • Must have no history of mental, nervous, or emotional disorders (Waivers to this requirement will not be granted).
  • Must have no convictions by special or general courts-martial or civil courts (except minor traffic violations); no non-judicial punishment (NJP) convictions involving domestic violence, or moral turpitude; or possession; use or transfer of dangerous drugs or marijuana; or identified on a urinalysis screening test as a user of illegal drugs or marijuana. (Waivers will not be granted for convictions by special or general courtsmartial or civil courts for crimes of domestic violence as per 18 U.S.C 922 (g) (9), the Lautenberg Amendment.
  • Marines requesting lateral move must be screened by the local installation Provost Sergeant (MOS 5811) and recommended by the Provost Marshal. The screening checklist can be downloaded from the Military Police School.


  • Active Duty Enlisted-Entry Level Marines must complete the Basic Military Police Course at MARCORDET, Ft Leonard Wood, MO.
  • Lateral move, prior service retraining-initial skills and Reserve enlisted-SMCR Marines must complete the Basic Military Police Course at MARCORDET, Ft Leonard Wood, MO.
  • Reserve Enlisted Marines, IADT and IIADT must complete the Basic Military Police Course at MARCORDET, Ft Leonard Wood, MO.
  • Physical Requirements: The duties of the 58 occupational fields require extended periods of physical exertion derived from such activities as running, walking, standing, bending or driving, and occasionally lifting, pushing and/or carrying items weighing 50 pounds or more. Requires stamina, physical agility and dexterity and the strength to pursue, apprehend or detain. A 58 occupational field Marine may be required to push or drag heavy weights of 150 pounds or more and is required to exemplify the physical characteristics of agility in the performance of his/her duties.


  • For a complete listing of duties and tasks, refer to NAVMC 3500.10C, Military Police, Investigations, and Corrections Training and Readiness Manual.

Related SOC Classification/SOC Code:

  • Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 33-3051.

Related Military Skill:

  • Military Police, 5811.
  • Military Police Dog Handler, 5812.
  • Accident Investigator, 5813.