Keeping order is the primary mission of any police force. It is no different with the U.S. Army Military Police.
These men and women are placed in the position to ensure order is kept and laws followed by military personnel and civilians on military property.
The responsibilities of Army Military Police are numerous. They play an integral part with the United States Army.
Today, I am going to give you the top 16 Army Military Police facts. These are in no special order. So scroll down and learn about the United States Army Military Police.
Army Military Police Fact #1: Reports To
The Army Military Police ultimately report to the Provost Marshal General. The Provost Marshal General is the highest ranking provost marshal position in the U.S. Army.
Army Military Police Fact #2: Combat Roles
Army Military Police are trained for combat and are often deployed to combat zones. They are used to preserve order after Army forces subdue the area.
Army Military Police Fact #3: Investigation Division
Just as a normal police force has a separate investigation division, so does the Army Military Police. That division is the United States Army Criminal Investigation Command (USACIDC).
Army Military Police Fact #4: Started
While there has been a police structure in the U.S. Army since the days of the Revolution, the actual Military Police Corps was started in 1941.
Army Military Police Fact #5: 3 Disciplines
The Army Military Police have 3 primary disciplines that are broken down to:
- Police Operations
- Security Operations
- and Detention Operations
Army Military Police Fact #6: The Various MOS’s
Currently, there are 6 MOS positions within the U.S. Army Military Police Corps. They are:
- 31A Military Police Officer
- 31B Military Police
- 31D Criminal Investigations Special Agent
- 31E Internment/Resettlement Specialist
- 31K Military Police Working Dog Handler
- and 311A Criminal Investigations Warrant Officer
Army Military Police Fact #7: During The Revolution
In 1778, Congress established the Provost Corps which was essentially the Military Police of that time. They were disbanded in 1783.
Army Military Police Fact #8: During The Civil War
To keep order with military personnel during the Civil War, the Provost Marshal General was established. That office established the Veterans Reserve Corps who maintained law and order along with other Provost units. The Provost Marshal General’s office was disbanded at the end of the war.
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Army Military Police Fact #9: During World War I
POW’s were a huge issue during World War I and the U.S. Army realized they needed specially trained soldiers to handle these prisoners. A Military Police training Department was established in France in 1918.
Brigadier General Harry Bandholtz proposed a permanent Army Military Police Corps, but Congress did not act on the suggestion. MP’s would still be pulled from the ranks
Army Military Police Fact #10: World War II And The Military Police Corps
In 1941, the Military Police Corps was established as a separate branch of the U.S. Army. They played a vital role all during World War II.
Army Military Police Fact #11: Korean War Forward
Army Military Police have played critical roles in all wars and conflicts.
- Keeping supply routes open
- Prisoner exchange
- Patrolling demilitarized zones
- Combat support
- Guarding prisoners
- Area security
- Training local police forces
Army Military Police Fact #12: Females In The Army Military Police Corps
Women make up approximately 25% of the U.S. Army Military Police Corps.
Army Military Police Fact #13: Recognizing An M.P.
Military Police wearing the Army Combat Uniform (ACU) wear an armband that gray with bold, black letters MP.
Army Military Police Fact #14: Military Police Corps Insignia
The M.P. insignia is quite recognizable. It is 2 gold Harper’s Ferry pistols crossed.
Army Military Police Fact #15: School
Military Police are trained at the United States Military Police School at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.
Army Military Police Fact #16: Well Known People Who Served As Army Military Police
There have been a few well known personalities who served in the United States Military Police. People such as:
- Laurence Tureaud – Better known as Mr T. If you are too young to know who I speak of, just Google A-Team or watch Rocky III. Mr T was an MP in the early 1970’s.
- Famed actor and comedian Rip Torn served with the Military Police Corps.
Army Military Police are often not given the credit they deserve. These men and women not only serve in combat roles against the enemy, they make sure order is kept within the ranks. They may even have to ticket or even arrest a person with higher rank. What a difficult chore.
To all who are or have served as Army Military Police, thank you. We do appreciate your service.
If anyone has any questions, comments or would like to give a shout out to the Military Police, please do so in the comment section below.
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About The Author
Greg Boudonck is a full time freelance writer and the author of over 50 books. He served in the United States Army in the early 1980’s and enjoys writing about military subjects. You can see Greg’s books on Amazon by searching his name and you can also visit his website at Lancerlife.com.