Criminal Investigations Special Agent (31D)

U.S. Army - United States4.4

Full-timeEstimated: $45,000 - $60,000 a year
CID special agents are primarily responsible for conducting criminal investigations in which the Army is, or may be, a party of interest. They handle felony-level crimes that involve Army property and Army personnel.
Job Duties
Conducts independent felony-level criminal investigations; General and Economic Crimes, and Counter-Drug Operations
Processes crime scenes and collects evidence
Conducts interviews or interrogations of complainants, victims, witnesses and subject
Provide forensic laboratory support
Performs Protective Services operations
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CID Special Agents must have high moral standards and the utmost integrity. The training agents receive provide them with the technical skills that will permit them to execute any felony investigative mission with success. Due to the nature of work required of CID Special Agents, strict qualification must be met prior to application. Minimum eligibility requirements are listed below.

In-service Soldiers only
U.S. Citizen
21 or older
Completed Basic Leader Course (formerly known as the Warrior Leader Course)
Between 2-10 years of military service
60 semester hours or more from an accredited institution
Skilled Technical (ST) score of 107 or higher
General Technical (GT) score of 110 or higher
Consistently meet the height and weight standards prescribed in AR 600-9 and consistently pass the Army Physical Fitness Test
Ability to deploy worldwide, have no physical limitations and normal color vision
Ability to speak and write clearly
Favorable credit history
Valid driver’s license and favorable driving record
At least one year of military police experience or two years civilian police experience (requirement for reserve soldiers only)
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Job training for a CID Special Agent requires completing 15 weeks of a resident course, which is designated to train criminal investigation duties in field units for the Army.

Some of the skills you’ll learn are:
Civil and military laws
Investigation procedures and techniques
Crime scene processing
Testimonial evidence
Protective services
Child abuse prevention
Crisis/Hostage negotiations
Helpful Skills
Interest in law enforcement
Willingness to perform potentially dangerous work
Ability to make quick decisions
Remain calm under heavy duress
Mental and physical fitness
Required ASVAB Score(s)
Skilled Technical (ST): 107, General Technical (GT): 110
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If you are a college graduate interested in joining the Active Army and having a career as a federal law enforcement officer, you may be interested in the CID Direct Accessions Program. Successful applicants must complete 31B Military Police One Station Unit Training (OSUT) and the CID Special Agent Course (CIDSAC). Due to the nature of work required of CID Special Agents, strict qualification must be met prior to enlistment:

U.S. Citizenship
21 years of age or older
Bachelor's degree or higher in: Criminal Justice, Forensic Science, Computer Science, Computer Forensics, Digital Forensics, Legal Studies, Accounting, Finance, Psychology or Biology
3.0 GPA or higher
Normal color vision (no exception to policy authorized)
No physical limitations and no history of mental or emotional disorders
Speak and write clearly
Favorable credit history
Valid driver’s license and favorable driving record
No felony or court martial convictions
Eligibility for Top Secret clearance
Suitable character, integrity, reputation, sobriety, discretion, and stability as established by a Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI)
If you meet the requirements and are interested in the program, contact your local recruiter. For more information about Army CID, visit

Total compensation includes housing, medical, food, special pay, and vacation time. Learn more about total compensation.

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Education Benefits
In the Army, qualified students can earn full-tuition, merit-based scholarships, allowances for books and fees, plus an annual stipend for living expenses. Learn more about education benefits.

Future Civilian Careers
The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career with federal, state and local law enforcement.

Those interested in this job may be eligible for civilian employment, after the Army, by enrolling in the Army PaYS program. The PaYS program is a recruitment option that guarantees a job interview with military friendly employers that are looking for experienced and trained Veterans to join their organization. Find out more about the Army PaYS Program at

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