National Guard CID Program

CID, or Criminal Investigation Division has their HQ in Quantico, VA and their primary mission is to investigate and deter serious crimes in which the Army has an interest. “Agents” collect, analyze, process and disseminate criminal intelligence; conduct protective service operations; provide forensic laboratory support and maintain the Army criminal records.

CID Agents primarily investigate felony-level crime across the Army and provide investigative support to field Commanders. They conduct a wide variety of investigations to include deaths, sexual assault, armed robbery, procurement fraud, computer crimes, counter-drug operations and war crimes. CID Agents also provide counter-terrorism support.

The CID got its start during World War I, when General Pershing ordered the creation of a separate Criminal Investigation Division (CID) within the MP Corps to prevent and detect crime among the American Expeditionary Forces in France. However, these investigation activities were not formally organized until 1971, when Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird created the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command. CID officially became a Command on September 17, 1971.

Good news for National Guard and Reserve Soldiers is that there are opportunities to serve in the CID!  As I am not a SME in this area, I highly recommend that you discuss your options with a NG or AR Recruiting Liaison.  The first place to begin is to get in contact with your local CID office. They will perform a brief interview and determine if you meet the minimum requirements.  From that point they will provide great assistance and guidance to the applicant throughout the complete application process.

Once you are accepted into the program there are many options for professional growth. There are additional training courses provided to Special Agents, various fields or specialties where Special Agents investigate and both an Enlisted and Warrant Officer career track. The most important thing to remember while you are applying is to be upfront and honest. Integrity is one of the most important traits of a Soldier and it starts from the application process.  Besides, CID agents know when you’re lying! For more information to determine if this career is right for you, visit:

Final Thoughts

Good luck with your Army career as a CID agent.

chuck holmes

Chuck Holmes
Former Army Major (resigned)

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    CID special agents are primarily responsbile for conducting criminal investigations in which the Army is, or may be, a party of interest. They handle felony-level crimes that involve Army property and Army personnel.

    Conducts independent felony-level criminal investigations; General and Economic Crimes, and Counter-Drug Operations
    Processes crime scenes and collects evidence
    Conducts interviews or interrogations of complainants, victims, witnesses and subject
    Provide forensic laboratory support
    Performs Protective Services operations
    For more information about Army CID, visit

    CID Special Agents must have high moral standards and the utmost integrity. The training agents receive provide them with the technical skills that will permit them to execute any felony investigative mission with success. Due to the nature of work required of CID Special Agents, strict qualification must be met prior to application. Minimum eligibility requirements are listed below.

    In-service Soldiers only
    U.S. Citizen
    21 or older
    Completed Basic Leader Course (formerly known as the Warrior Leader Course)
    SPC-SSG (SSG must have less than one year time in grade)
    Between 2-10 years of military service
    60 semester hours or more from an accredited institution
    Skilled Technical (ST) score of 107 or higher
    General Technical (GT) score of 110 or higher (SAME GT SCORE REQUIREMENT FOR OFFICER CANDIDATES…)
    Consistently meet the height and weight standards prescribed in AR 600-9 and consistently pass the Army Physical Fitness Test
    Ability to deploy worldwide, have no physical limitations and normal color vision
    Must possess a valid driver’s license and favorable driving record
    Ability to speak and write clearly
    Favorable credit history
    Valid driver’s license and favorable driving record
    At least one year of military police experience or two years civilian police experience (requirement for reserve soldiers only)
    Visit for the complete list of requirements and instructions to begin your application.


    Job training for a CID Special Agent requires completing 15 weeks of a resident course, which is designated to train criminal investigation duties in field units for the Army.

    Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

    Civil and military laws
    Investigation procedures and techniques
    Crime scene processing
    Testimonial evidence
    Protective services
    Child abuse prevention
    Crisis/Hostage negotiations

    Interest in law enforcement
    Willingness to perform potentially dangerous work
    Ability to make quick decisions
    Remain calm under heavy duress
    Mental and physical fitness

    Skilled Technical (ST): 107, General Technical (GT): 110
    Learn more about the ASVAB and see what jobs you could qualify for.


    If you are a college graduate interested in joining the Army and having a career as a federal law enforcement officer, you may be interested in the CID Direct Accessions Program. Successful applicants must complete 31B Military Police One Station Unit Training (OSUT) and the CID Special Agent Course (CIDSAC). Due to the nature of work required of CID Special Agents, strict qualification must be met prior to enlistment:

    U.S. Citizenship
    21 years of age or older
    Bachelor’s degree or higher in: Criminal Justice, Forensic Science, Computer Science, Computer Forensics, Digital Forensics, Legal Studies, Accounting, Finance, Psychology or Biology
    3.0 GPA or higher
    Normal color vision (no exception to policy authorized)
    No physical limitations and no history of mental or emotional disorders
    Speak and write clearly
    Favorable credit history
    Valid driver’s license and favorable driving record
    No felony or court martial convictions
    Eligibility for Top Secret clearance
    Suitable character, integrity, reputation, sobriety, discretion, and stability as established by a Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI)
    If you meet the requirements and are interested in the program, contact your local recruiter. For more information about Army CID, visit

  2. The 10 or so drilling Army National Guard Units are gone now from what I can find. That leaves only the U.S. Army Reserves 15 TPU units, IMA positions and whatever this Nation Guard program is. I served in the U.S. Army Reserve as a CID Agent in a TPU or as a drilling reservist and as a IRR/IMA soldier. I was credentialed as a CID Agent for over 10 years. I attended the active duty CID Course, The Army Physical Security Course, The Protective Services Training Course and some others unique and sensitive training courses as well. Some agents from my unit attended the Air Assault Course, and the Airborne Basic Course in the years I served with them as well. A fully trained CID Special Agent is a senior enlisted or warrant officer. They have attended the basic criminal investigative course, NCOES and or WO training, Domestic Violence Intervention Course, Child Abuse Prevention Investigative Course, Protective Services Training Course, Anti-Terrorism Evasive Driving Course, Economic Crime Investigation Course, DEA Basic Drug Investigative Course, etc. Many go on to attend advanced training such as Advanced Crime Scene Investigative Techniques Course, Crime and Criminal Analyst Course, and the DLI 1 year language training program to name a few. (Do you care to to learn, German, Spanish, French, Korean, Standardized Arabic, Farsi, Urdu, etc., approaching a native speaker level?) I have known some active duty agents who have gone on to be Scotland Yard Fellowship graduates, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology Fellowship graduates, and at least one reservist who went to polygraph school. I knew of some reserve agents who attended the Special Reaction Team Course and even one who attended the little known Military Intelligence Counter-Surreptitious Entry Course. There are great opportunities in CID. I have been retired many years now. However, CID is a dynamic opportunity to serve your nation in a unique, demanding and exciting way that is separate from the “Big Army” experience. “Do What Must Be Done” and apply to day!

  3. Amy Skalicky

    Chuck, the requirements currently include a minimum of one year of MP experience or two years of civilian police experience, but notes that a waiver of these requirements may be considered. It is my understanding that the CID is understaffed and overworked, so they are looking “for a few good men” so to speak. I would think that would drive a requirement waiver.

  4. Yeah, I was a bit surprised too but as the ARNG begins to become more and more “like big Army”, the less and less I am surprised when I find out that we have the same opportunities as them. I am not exactly sure what the MOS or pre-req requirements are (i.e. being an MP?) but I will say that they cannot hurt you in the application/interview process. I would refer back to my tip to talk with a local CID office to find out specifically what the requirements are as I am by no means a SME on this…

  5. Up until your post, Justin, I never even realized the National Guard had a CID Program. I knew the Active Duty did, but not he USAR or ARNG. I think this would be a great program for anyone who wanted to be a Private Detective, US Marshall, FBI Agent, Secret Service or any of those other programs.

    Do you know what the MOS is or what the process is to get selected for CID? Do you have to be a MP first?


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