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CID looking for new special agents

Jul. 27, 2014 - 06:00AM   |  
A CID special agent uses a bright light in processing a crime scene.
A CID special agent uses a bright light in processing a crime scene. (Jeffrey Castro / Army Criminal Investigation Comma)
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U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command is putting out a dragnet — for new special agents.

To help fill its ranks, CID has launched an online portal at ­join.cid.army.mil to make it easier to recruit special agents from the regular Army.

“We need agents who’ll take ownership of their investigations, but the most important thing we’re looking for is unquestionable integrity,” said Special Agent David Eller, a special sexual assault investigator with the CID office at Fort Carson, Colorado. Eller made the comments in a release from the command this month about its recruiting efforts.

CID serves a population of more than 1 million soldiers, civilians, contractors and family members in the U.S. and overseas. CID agents are sworn federal officers, responsible for investigating felony-level crime where there is an Army nexus. Agents in the field conduct protective-service operations for the Defense Department senior leadership, counter-narcotic operations and work with other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies worldwide to solve crimes.

“Many people don’t realize the impact we have on a person’s life and the impact we have on the Army,” said Special Agent Edgar Collins, the assistant operations officer for the CID Washington Battalion. “In a sense, we are defending the honor of the United States Army.”

Candidates must be U.S. citizens and at least 21 years old, with two to 10 years of military service, one year of military police experience or two years civilian police experience, and a clean record, among other qualifications.

Prospective CID agents attend the CID Special Agent Course at the U.S. Army Military Police School in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. For 15 weeks, candidates train in investigative disciplines and become sworn federal law enforcement officers when they graduate.

CID’s touts its advanced training opportunities, which are available for select special agents at the FBI National Academy, Metropolitan Police Academy at Scotland Yard, the Defense Academy of Credibility Assessment, and foreign agencies including Scotland Yard and the Canadian Police College.

Enlisted CID agents have opportunities to become warrant officers. Special agents may also pursue a master’s degree in forensic science or digital forensics.

With a Common Access Card, regular Army candidates may go to join.cid.army.mil and fill in a questionnaire. If a soldier is qualified, the portal sends an alert to CID’s recruiting cell, which contacts the candidate. Soldiers are granted access to build their CID application packet online with supporting documents, such as their enlisted records brief, driving record, credit reports, and letters of recommendation.

Active-duty soldiers may contact the CID Recruiting Operations Cell at USArmy.Join-CID@mail.mil or call 571-305-4348. Reserve soldiers must go through a CID Reserve unit.

During the process, the recruiting cell is available to answer questions. The cell conducts background checks on applicants. A nearby CID office may schedule a meeting with the soldier and initiate the medical screening request form, security clearance request and do a required panel interview by CID special agents.

Active duty soldiers may contact the CID Recruiting Operations Cell at USArmy.Join-CID@mail.mil or call 571-305-4348. Reserve Soldiers must inquire through a CID Reserve unit.

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