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  1. #1
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    Viable Path to Army CID Reserve Agent?

    I am graduating with my Bachelor's next semester and enlisting in the Army. I am aware of OCS, but my goal is to become an Army CID Reserve Agent and it is to my understanding that only individuals in the enlisted ranks can hold this MOS.

    As most of you know, when enlisting in the Army with a Bachelor's you will come in as a Specialist (E-4), due to your college degree, and in time become eligible for Sergeant (E-5) pending on how good you are as a soldier.

    It is also to my understanding that for a Soldier to apply and qualify as a CID Special Agent, an applicant must be a U.S. citizen, at least 21 years old, and an E-5 or below with at least two years of service.

    My question is this:

    Would the quickest path for me to qualify and apply to be a CID Reserve Agent consist of enlisting in one of those rare "two year plus training active duty" enlistments that I have heard of and attempting to re-up as a CID Reserve Agent? Has anyone here crossed paths with someone in my given situation with a similar goal?

    Thank you.

  2. #2
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    You have to have at least 1 year of military law enforcement or 2 years civilian law enforcement. That being said I just contacted them a few months ago and all of the East coast units were overfull and only accepting certified CID Agents coming from AD; I would imagine that the next 3-5 years will be similar.

  3. #3
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    On the Army website under the LEO requirement it said "waiver possible" in parentheses

  4. #4
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    Quote Originally Posted by CIDAgentHopeful View Post
    On the Army website under the LEO requirement it said "waiver possible" in parentheses
    Correct, but based upon my conversations: not going to happen; especially in today's climate. AFOSI might be a better option to look into.

  5. #5
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    Aj,

    Thanks for the heads up. I wouldn't have known otherwise. Based on these forums it sounds like reserve slots for both Army CID and NCIS are almost impossible to get these days. Will look more into OSI and CGIS. Thanks.

  6. #6
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    About 3-5 years ago Army CID was in a big recruiting mode, including the reserve side. Since then we've had the drawdown in Iraq and Afghanistan and now they are reducing the force.

    But you never know. Also, if you enlist and get into CID, they also have the Warrant Officer program which gives you some more upward mobility.

    I have only met a few CID agents but they all really enjoyed the career field and did not want to do anything else.


 

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