CID has primary responsibility for investigating actual, suspected, or alleged major criminal offenses (those punishable by more than one year's confinement). CID exercises jurisdiction over military personnel who are suspected of offenses under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, as well as civilian personnel when there is probable cause to believe the person has committed an offense under the criminal laws of the United States with a nexus to the U.S. Army. Civilian CID Special Agents are authorized by law to conduct arrests of military members and civilians alike, both on and off military installations.
Being an Army CID Special Agent is one of the most challenging and fulfilling careers in law enforcement. CID Special Agents gain broad law enforcement experience and are given responsibility early on in their careers. Special Agents travel the globe and may even be stationed in any area outside the Continental United States where there is an Army presence such as Germany, Italy, Korea, Japan, Okinawa, Puerto Rico, Alaska, and Hawaii. In-depth training, critical assignments, and excellent benefits attract the best.
As a condition of employment, all Special Agents are required to sign a mobility agreement. This may result in one or more overseas moves and periodic assignments within the Continental United States and throughout the Special Agent’s career with CID. In addition, Special Agents may be required to deploy on assignments to support military forces in high-risk environments. Special Agent mobility is necessary to accomplish the agency's mission and helps support individual career development. Special Agents may also specialize in areas such as cyber-crimes and computer system intrusions, polygraph, sexual assault, and major procurement contract fraud. Recruitment for civilian criminal investigators starts at the GL-09 developmental position through the full performance or Journeyman level of GS-13. Prior military and/or law enforcement experience is not a prerequisite for employment. CID has a very competitive hiring posture and is continuously seeking applicants who possess a combination of education and experience.
Basic Qualifications/Eligibility Requirements
- Must not have reached 37 years of age (exceptions are preference eligible veterans and those currently covered under the 6C Federal Law Enforcement retirement system).
- Must be a U.S. born or naturalized U.S. citizen.
- Must have a valid driver's license.
- Must pass all phases of the hiring process, including a medical exam and drug test.
- Must have vision correctable to 20/20 with normal color vision.
- Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret clearance.
- Competitive candidates for the position of Special Agent will have at a minimum a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
*CID Special Agents have a mandatory retirement age of 57. In order to achieve the required 20 years of service for retirement, Special Agents must enter on duty no later than the day before their 37th birthday. Applicants are encouraged to apply for the Special Agent position prior to their 36th birthday to allow time to complete the Special Agent hiring process.* Age waivers will be considered in accordance with the provisions in DoDI 1400.25, Volume 336.
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