Originally Posted by meeko
I spent over 20 years active and ANG Security Forces. There are good people there however as a whole Security Forces is misdirected. Other than the few good folks most are way past self confident into the arrogant catagory. I have worked for local LE and now the FEDS and most SF are not really ready to work civilian LE. It is a big adjustment. And Most way inflate their experence and stories!
I agree with the big adjustment because on a military installation you don't get nearly the experience in situations or training that a local LE would on a everyday basis. The arrogance and inflating of their experiences is also present and especially those who have back office most of their term.
I had a SMSgt that was the ops superintendent that never saw flight (flight is a term for unit/team/element/ like Alpha flight or day, swings, mids shifts) after his SrA promotion but he acted like he knew more than a reservist SF who was a civilian Lead Detective that was a lower USAF rank but had 10 years of local detective and 5 years of regular patrol experience in a medium sized city. The SMSgt also said that the detectives' police skills needed to be more like his. What a joke.
SF in general will give you some prep not all for civilian academies as my old unit has had several people go through the SF academy then later get hired on to a local LE. And if I didn't decide to change career paths I'd be a local LE. Sometimes SF gets a bad rap and its warranted and sometimes its not. Like all jobs taking the good with the bad.
Being in HR now, I hear all kinds of things about former military jobs that don't quite transition over. Like a USAF dental tech that couldn't get a job cleaning teeth at a local dentist office unless they got their civilian certification despite having 8 years of cleaning experience. Say what you will about military medical and understanding state requirements but they didn't even offer any form internship or apprentice or anything aside from get the cert and "maybe" we'll consider you. I remember a refueler/ARS who the airlines wouldn't hire for that same position but got a TSA job with the airport. How does a well qualified and experienced Air Refueling Squadron TSgt only get a TSA job and all this was before the economy crashed.