Mideast briefs: Senior enlisted MPs asked to mull CID career

By STARS AND STRIPES Published: February 15, 2008

ARLINGTON, Va. — The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command is looking for senior enlisted military police investigators to train to become Special Agent Warrant Officers.

Commonly known as CID, the command is looking specifically for senior enlisted MPs holding the military occupational specialty 31BV5, military police investigator, with at least 24 months of criminal investigative experience. Applicants must also have or be close to having a bachelor’s degree; be a U.S. citizen; have at least two years active-duty service in the Army; and qualify for a Top Secret clearance.

CID agents routinely investigate serious, felony-level crime such as murder, rape and armed robbery. Although Army MPs usually deal with nonfelony crime, many of their police skills are similar, and the years of experience senior enlisted MPs possess are highly prized at CID, according to agency recruiters.

A career as a CID agent often leads to a second career as a Federal Bureau of Investigation agent, work as polygraph examiner, forensic computer crimes examiner, and other work in advanced civilian law enforcement.

Interested MPs can visit their local CID office to begin the application process, or go to the U.S. Army Recruiting at www.usarec.army.mil/hq/warrant/.

There is no closing date to apply.

Kuwait plans to upgrade navy

CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait — Kuwait plans to rebuild its navy later this year in an effort to fortify port security and discourage attacks from Iran’s vessels, according to U.S. Army Central’s chief of staff.

Col. Michael A. Carroll said the oil-rich nation will purchase about 40 types of patrol boats to work around its ports.

The U.S. is assisting with the startup but USARCENT officials would not provide details or say how much Kuwait is spending.

Kuwait has become increasingly concerned about the Iranian threat and infiltration by Islamic extremist groups, Carroll added.

In January, U.S. warships reported an approach by five Iranian Revolutionary Guard speedboats in the Persian Gulf and what sounded like a radioed threat.

Later, however, the Pentagon said the apparent threat may not have come from the speedboats or intended against U.S. targets.

-Vince Little