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Security Forces

Overview: Military police in the Air Force Reserve are called Security Forces Specialists. With job tasks ranging from writing traffic tickets to dealing with situations requiring deadly force, these highly trained specialists must possess a variety of skills and be adaptable to all circumstances. Their ability to communicate must be equal to their investigative, weapons and physical capabilities. 

Position: Enlisted


Specific Tasks:

  • Lead, supervise and perform force protection duties, including use of deadly force to protect personnel and resources 
  • Control and secure terrain inside and outside military installations 
  • Detect and report presence of unauthorized personnel and activities 
  • Investigate motor vehicle accidents, minor crimes and incidents 
  • Operate speed measuring, drug, alcohol and breath testing devices 
  • Employ, train and handle all aspects of military working dog teams


  • Never convicted by general, special or summary court-martial 
  • Must not have used/distributed/manufactured illicit narcotics or been arrested for narcotics as listed in 21 USC 812
  • No history of excessive alcohol use or been arrested in last two years for two or more alcohol related incidents regardless of disposition, except when found not guilty
  • Must not have used a substance (sniffing/huffing) to obtain an altered conscious state from aerosol spray, lighter fluid, petro chemical, adhesives, Freon, or any other chemical for a purpose not intended for use
  • No more than one active wage garnishment for delinquency
  • No more than two delinquent charge off/collection (>= 30 days) payments within last two years
  • Within three years prior to entry into military service, have not been terminated from civilian employment more than twice for reasons of misconduct, theft, or alcohol use.
  • No record of sleep disorders to include, but not limited to, sleep apneas, insomnias, hypersomnias, narcolepsy, or restless leg syndrome
  • No current diagnosis of Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or Perceptual /Learning Disorder(s), with no use of medication(s) to treat same in the last 12 months
  • No history of any of the Bipolar and Related Disorders, Depressive Disorders, or Anxiety Disorders
  • No recorded evidence of personality disorder that negatively affects duty performance
  • Must not have a sustained or untreatable emotional instability to include depression or suicidal ideations
  • Must not have a record of suicidal attempts, gestures, threats or history of self-mutilation.
  • Never received non-judicial punishment under the UCMJ for offenses  involving substantiated drug abuse as defined  in  AFI 44-121
  • Never been diagnosed with a severe substance use disorder by a certified medical provider
  • Never received nonjudicial punishment for acts of larceny, wrongful appropriation, robbery, burglary, housebreaking, misconduct in combat as defined in UCMJ articles 99-106, or any act that harms or has the potential to harm the physical safety or well- being of animals to include Military Working Dogs
  • Never have been convicted by a civilian court of a Category 1 or 2 offense. 
  • Must possess a valid state driver’s license to operate government motor vehicles.
  • Qualification for arming, suitability to arm, or suitability under Personnel Reliability Assurance Standards IAW AFI 31-11
  • Distance visual acuity correctable to 20/20 in one eye and 20/30 in the other and normal color vision
  • No speech disorder or noticeable communication deficiency as defined in AFI 48-123
  • Individuals who have had their spleen removed are not eligible for assignment to the military working dog program or any canine functions
  • Individuals who have had their spleen removed are not eligible for assignment to the military working dog program or any canine functions
  • No diagnosed fear of fear of heights or confined spaces
  • No documented record of gang affiliation
  • No fear working around nuclear weapons or components, nor have an identifiable negative opinion of the role of nuclear weapons in our nation’s strategic deterrent mission
  • Must not have used/distributed/manufactured illicit narcotics as defined in schedule I/II, used a drug that can cause a flashback, or been arrested for narcotics in schedules I through V as listed in 21 USC §812. 
  • Never failed (or failed to participate in) prescribed rehabilitation program or treatment regimen after being diagnosed by a certified medical provider with an alcohol use disorder.


  • Candidates without prior military experience are required to attend 8 1/2 weeks of Basic Military Training (BMT) at JB San Antonio-Lackland, TX, followed by Technical Training 

Related Civilian Careers:

  • Law enforcement