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MilitaryI was an MP (Military Police) AMA

Mar 5th 2016 by mp5man • 37 Questions • 106 Points

I was an MP (Military Police) when I was in the army I joined the Indiana National Guard in 1997 I got my discharge in 2007. I did a year in Saudi Arabia with a few mounts in Qatar. I will not be answering any questions about security on either base so don’t bother asking! I was not in combat, I was a Bridge Crewman befor I beacom an MP feel free to ask about that as well my proof is located at this link https://youtu.be/ZBql3oC7z8c Let the integration begin!

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Mainly we break up parties, stop you from getting drunk and doing stupid stuff, pull you over and issues you a ticket, and enforce the rules and regs that you want to break. Also there isn’t a jerk test so we got jerks the same as any other field.


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Have been in fact had a SGM get real mad when we ended his party. Also in Qatar when we would break up umm… unauthorized meetings between persons of the opposite sex.


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My old teacher was a Vietnam vet and he took us to a military parade on Veteran's day. I hope you relish the fact he boo'd the MPs when they marched past haha.

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Not at all.


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Sergeant Major

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sergeant major sorry


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What was the most interesting thing that happened while you were on duty?

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I was out doing a check of the exclusion zone and we were out by the fence when a car drove by real slow. It then turned around and drove back a guy got out and came up to the fence with a paper in his hand. I looked back and the force protection guys were hiding behind barriers. So I went over to him noticed he had a map I said hello and English in Arabic (some of the few words I know) it was clear he didn’t speak English so I called the translator on the phone. Turned out he was just lost. I will tell you that that was one of the few times in my life I really thought I was going to die!


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Thanks for answering my question, that sounds like it would've been scary going in

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Well it wasn’t really until about 5 minutes after it happed and my brain started processing it! it was also kind of funny here are the infantry guys with rifles and a machine gun hiding letting the MP with just a pistol do all the work!


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That's because it's your job to approach and communicate within close proximity, where a pistol is most useful. Our job is to cover you with our rifles and machine guns.

  • Your Friendly Neighbourhood Infantryman.
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Just keep in mind one thing an MP team has a whole lot of bang bang!


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I think the scary part would be the person who can handle the problem better if it gets violent was hiding

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what?


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In Saudi Arabia or Qatar? A confused man in a safe country was the most interesting thing that happened? You thought you were going to die? Did many people die there?

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That was in KSA and with many terrorist in the arear the largest U.S. population in the country we had threats against us all the time. SANG was doing raids at least 3 times a month and getting high level targets. During my year there we had many direct threats against us, the base went on lock down at least once a month, did bomb searches quite often. I got an idea how about you get off the computer and go do a job where dying is a work place hazard?


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Dude, relax. That was not a barbed question

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I am relaxed.


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This guys snarkiness is exactly why people hate M.P.s. Because theyre total dickheads theoughout the transaction.

I always remember seeing brand new Privates, Private First Class, and Specialists who had the hand mic to their little baby monitor covering their rank and would be total dicks. Then youre just like "Wait a second, uncover your rank. Who the fuck am I talking to? Just like I thought, some fucking dumbass off the leash."

M.P.s need to get their ass back to the gate and check I.D.'s.

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Maybe if you would not violate the regs the MPs wouldn’t do anything to you.


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Good one dude, you sure showed me.

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I’m sorry I’m all out of troll house cookies!


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Just ignore them, never good to throw them more bait, no matter the quality.

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I know but it’s funny to get them all mad!


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Bitch you were safer than most quit acting like you're Rambo. And before you pop off about getting a dangerous job I lived in an area where people died just walking down the street every day. If you thought you were gonna get that horseshit hero worship here you were wrong.

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I don’t want any worship. I never said I was a hero.


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I assume to be an MP your hand to hand had to be pretty top notch just in case you came across someone who was MAC 4, for example. Now, I only got up to MAC 3 and felt like I could take on the world, but 2 of my instructors, SFC Fortune and Sgt Garcia would kick the ever loving shit out of me every single time.

Anyways, I always wanted to know 2 things:

Do MP's train in some form of MAC that isn't taught elsewhere, or were my trainers just that good?

And, what are the best and worst places to be deployed to as an MP? (One Sgt said that you had to 'earn' the term 'cagekicker' by being in Gitmo, so I assume it was rough?)

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I think you mean MACP. We learn a thing or two. The best/worst that would depend on you, you might like Korea and hate Hawaii. I don’t know I was not a Corrections Specialist


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How does Jack Reacher stack up to the standard MP of his rank?

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I don’t know I only saw the movie.


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Say a civilian ran onto the base, would your authority to "arrest" continue over them or does that apply to just military personnel?

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Anybody on base.


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Cool:) stay safe and have a good one!

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you to.


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Have you ever had to work with SecFo? I've heard they are horrid.

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Yes they treated us fine. Well except for telling us how the Air Force barracks are!


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I actually scored very high. It looked like a fun job.

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Good for you!


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Did you hate your job?

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no.


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If I ask, you probably won't tell anyway, amirite?

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Don’t know unless you ask.


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I think it's a 'don't ask, don't tell' joke.

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Maybe


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How do you feel about your service after being the the military?

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Honored to have been in the Army, and to have served with some great people.


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What I mean is that police will jump at the opportunity to hire anyone from the military. Personally I can only imagine the hoards of codes, procedures, call signs, etc. an MP has to memorize and hell yes police departments or security firms will snatch one of these guys up immediately. It's just that the same goes for any other vet.

Rereading what I said, I did seem to imply that there was no value in having MP on your resume, but that was not my intention.

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Maybe to some.


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why did you join the military?

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2 reasons 1 both my grandfathers served and I wanted to experience that as well. 2 We have so much in this country that is given to us I wanted to earn it.


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We have so much in this country that is given to us I wanted to earn it.

Do you personally believe the only way to "earn it" is to serve in the military? Or are there other ways for civilians to "earn it"?

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There are many ways to “earn it” that would be up to you. As far as I’m concerned as long as you don’t take advantage of the system (getting disability because you don’t want to work for example) I have no problems with it.


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Are you trained to handle Coup d'etat or is that worry nonexistent in our armed forces.
Or are you guys trained to handle rogue personnels in any special ways?

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Interesting question! It was never brought up in my training, as far as rogue personnel just the same as any other person violating regs. Depending on what they did CID might be the ones that handle it.


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What Bases where you at (stateside and overseas) and what year where you in the box? And to CivilityBeDamned, ComatoseSixty, and dirtynate66666666666. Grow up show some respect! I’ll bet none of you know anything about what’s it’s like to serve your country, To give up parts of your life to be thousands of miles away from your family and friends. Sergeant First Class Jack Watson 18B4VS6

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As Sayliyah In Qatar, Ali Al Salem and camo Doha in Kuwait, Eskan Village in Saudi Arabia. State side fort Leonard Wood, fort Hunter Legit, fort Campbell, camp Atterbury, Fort McCoy, Camp Ripley, and fort Benjamin Harrison 2004-2005


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Do you have a favorite Gerber knife or tool?

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The Gerber 600 I have 2 now but I’ve had at least 5, left one on the back of a 5 ton, dropped one off a boat, and gave one away.


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What is the most mundane/surprising thing about your job that a civilian wouldn't know?

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Surprising that MPs do a lot more than just police work like convoy security, POWs and PSD (bodyguard work) Mundane the paperwork


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Not so much as an MP, a few of us went to a restaurant and a little kid wanted to meet us and shake our hands. He loves the army and wants to be a soldier when he grows up, we gave him one of our patches and one guy had an extra beret and gave it to him. His mom took his picture with us.


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Does bothering real heroes make you feel good?

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Never did I only bothered people committing a crime.


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If you could do it all again, would you have chosen an education?

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I do have an education.


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In what? How did it lead to so many jobs with no educational requirements?

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I have an AS in Surgical Technology And what are you asking me?


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I just assumed that someone who takes shit jobs abusing people, like being a prison guard, would be desperate for work.

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Oh ok just out trolling!


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So why didn't you go into educated work, rather than a series of jobs that allowed you to wield small amounts of power over other people?

Gun fetish?

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Like an internet troll not good money or satisfaction n that! And well in a way yes!