MOS 31E Corrections and Detention Specialist

MOS Description

The corrections and detention specialist controls, supervises, counsel internees, manages detention operations, confinement operations and corrections treatment programs. Provides professional detention/correctional support to US military prisoners, host nation corrections development and detainee operations. For more information on MOS 31E, see this Army website.

 

Note: Information related to the Missouri Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) can be found in the Additional Information section.

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Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST)

Enlisted Service members in CMF 31 and Warrant Officers holding the WO MOS 311A may be eligible to apply for the Missouri Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) exam. Successful completion of the exam would allow you to earn the POST license required for civilian employment as a peace officer in Missouri. Additional details can be acquired from the Missouri Peace Officer Standards and Training Program (POST) website.

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Star

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Some

Credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (at least one critical task but less than 80%)

Most

Credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%)

Other

Credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience

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Renewal Period: 3 years

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Renewal Period: 3 years

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Renewal Period: 3 years

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Renewal Period: 5 years

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Renewal Period: 3 years

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Renewal Period: 4 years

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Renewal Period: 3 years

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Renewal Period: 3 years

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Renewal Period: 3 years

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Renewal Period: 2 years

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Renewal Period: 4 years

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Renewal Period: 5 years

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Renewal Period: 2 years

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Renewal Period: 2 years

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Renewal Period: 2 years

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Renewal Period: 2 years

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Renewal Period: 3 years

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Renewal Period: 5 years

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Renewal Period: 3 years

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High

Highly attainable: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement = HS or less and/or minimum experience = 2 years or less experience and no additional requirements.

Medium

Moderate ease of attainment: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement = Associate's and/or prerequisite and/or minimum experience = more than 2 years and less than 10 years of experience.

Low

May be difficult to attain: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement is a Bachelor's degree, and/or minimum experience is 10 or more years.

Most – Tasks in these careers match most duties of the military job or specialty (approximately 80% or greater)
Some – Tasks in these careers match some duties of the military job or specialty (greater than 20% but less than 80%)
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