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Sample resume for a military-to-civilian transition

This sample resume for a Marine seeking a position in law enforcement shows how you can translate your military skills for a civilian job.

Sample resume for a military-to-civilian transition

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Military-to-Civilian Transition Resume Sample

Jeremy W. Wilson
Sometown, CA 90000 | (555) 555-5555 | | LinkedIn URL

Decorated police officer transitioning from the US Marine Corps Military Police (MP) to civilian law enforcement -- tour of duty ends this fall. Highly motivated to leverage achievements during MP career to serve a city or county police department.

Qualifications include a pending BA in criminal justice (currently completing final semester) and extensive experience in safety patrol, security details, undercover investigations and public-service activities. Skills include:

Law Enforcement & Public Safety

Emergency Planning & Response

Security & Surveillance Operations

Criminal Investigations

Crime Prevention

Traffic Patrol

Evidence Collection

Defensive Tactics

Counterterrorism Strategies

Firearms Safety & Handling

Interviews & Interrogations

Crime Scene Management


US Marine Corps — Current Assignment: Camp Pendleton / Previous Deployment: Iraq

Military Police Officer, 12/06 to Present

Awarded MP position at the culmination of 12-week basic training and an additional 12 weeks of intensive, specialized MP training. Currently serve as a Military Police officer protecting lives and property, patrolling military base and preserving law and order at Camp Pendleton USMC Base.

  • Earned citations for excellence in rapidly resolving crisis situations, upholding law and order, relating effectively with culturally diverse populations and protecting property and lives.
  • Gained experience in accident first-responder/investigations, police patrol, report writing, felony traffic stops, search and seizures, criminal investigations and suspect interviewing, fingerprinting and processing.
  • Selected for elite security details providing dignitary protection for visiting high-ranking officials.
  • Infiltrated illegal drug ring operating on base and participated in undercover surveillance and “sting” operation leading to the arrest, prosecution and incarceration of guilty parties.

 Recognition & Awards:

  • Honored with three USMC Commendation Medals for heroic and life-saving acts of bravery, Good Conduct Medal and Combat Action Badge.
  • Earned Expert Marksman Awards in both small arms and assault weapons.
  • Graduated #3 in MP class, earning honors in marksmanship, mastery of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), patrol procedures and physical fitness.

Education & Credentials

Sometown State University — Sometown, CA
A in Criminal Justice Candidate ˜ GPA: 3.7

Certifications & Clearances:

  • Certified in first aid, CPR, traffic accident investigations, preliminary breath test (PBT), Intoxilyzar 9000 and handcuffing/flexi-cuff procedures
  • Weapons certifications: MP 9mm pistol, M4 carbine, 12-gauge shotgun, Taser X26/M26

Training Highlights:

Security Police Tactics

Criminal Investigations

Situational Training

Weapons Handling

Levels of Force

Civil Disturbance

Urban Area Force Protection

Personal Security Detail

Conflict Management

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