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What careers could I transition into from Military Police, other then Law Enforcement?


Zachary McLaughlin Grants Pass, OR

I got out of the Army thinking that I could head into local and federal law enforcement but found out that my color blindness is a huge disqualifier for most, if not all departments. I have about 9 years of experience as a 31B Military policeman and have completed multiple investigations from DUI and crashes to larceny to attempted murder and sexual assaults. Also, have a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from 2012. Currently looking for anything that would use my skills without was wasting my experiences and expertise. Been studying for the salesforce admin certification and exploring a career as a deputy in the Jail.

23 November 2022 4 replies Career Exploration



Paul Tusting Salt Lake City, UT

I spoke to a retired federal agent friend of mine about your situation.
He suggested looking into forensics and/or becoming an intel analyst.
That way you could be part of investigations, and use your background, but without some of the constraints that come with the more tactical roles.


Henry ("Dr. Hank") Stevens Fort Lauderdale, FL

Hello Zach! Thank you for your service!

What a wonderful question and OPPORTUNITY you have! Now it is time to step back from the daily grind and re-ask yourself, "What do I WANT to do with the rest of my life?"

As a vocational counselor and human resources professional (for many years), I find that most every applicant and employer wants to focus on experience and education. That is too bad because whether looking to fill a position or seeking other employment, the real question is, from the employers' perspective, "What are the TALENTS necessary to do this job?"; and from the applicants' perspective, "What are MY talents and how do they fit in with the demands of the job?"

If you are nodding your head so far, then consider this: having a "good education" means that you CAN learn. Having an appropriate exposure to past like-experiences means . . . . well . . . . not much. But, if you have the talent (which cannot be taught) then you have the necessary building blocks that neither education nor experience can provide.

One simple example: If you were to be hiring for a receptionist position, do you want someone who is an introvert or an extrovert? Would you want someone who is shy or outgoing? I think the answer is apparent as extroversion and an outgoing nature cannot be taught in the classroom or from experience.

All of which baits the question, JUST WHAT ARE YOUR TALENTS?

Almost the first thing I do, when taking on a new client, is to have them take the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). That provides an initial assessment of someone's inherent talents. At the bottom of this note, I have provided you with a link to a FREE assessment tool. It helps you come to grips with defining YOUR talents and provides some good ideas about the career direction someone with your combination of talents should look into.

If you want my thinking about the results of this assessment (also FREE to Vets!), please provide me with the letter and numbers associated with each of them. It should look something like I - 20, N - 45, T - 28, & J - 10. Feel free to contact me off this channel at BUT, do it soon as I will shortly be NVAL 12/18/22 at the earliest!

TALENT trumps education and experience every time!

Here is the link:


Richard Cruse South San Francisco, CA

One option to consider is security. Most large companies have security, and all hospitals have security. With your experience in the military you could easily get in as a supervisor for private security companies. Also hospitals all gave security managers. These allow you you work for large companies, sometimes in unions if you want that and help to direct security operations for the facilities.


Richard Byrne Hillsborough, NJ

There are numerous occupations for those who are colorblind, including software developer, statistician, data scientist, financial manager, therapist, psychiatrist, lawyer, teaching, culinary work, business careers, writing, actor, politician, trade jobs, bank tellers, child care assistants, dispatchers, social workers, receptionists, and travel agents... all of these fields and more do not exclude colorblind people and most will not be difficult to do with color blindness.,care%20assistants%2C%20dispatchers%2C%20social%20workers

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