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Sample Resume for a Military-to-Civilian Transition

Sample Resume for a Military-to-Civilian Transition

To be the successful job candidate in any field, it helps to have a comprehensive resume. For guidance, view the sample resume below, and download the military-to-civilian transition resume template in Word. And if you need more help, get a free resume evaluation today from the experts at Monster's partner TopResume.

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Military-to-Civilian Transition Resume Sample

17 N. Ridgeview, Apt. #472
Sometown, CA 90000
(555) 555-5555


Decorated police officer transitioning from the US Marine Corps Military Police (MP) to civilian law enforcement -- tour of duty ends December 2009. Highly motivated to leverage five years of achievements during MP career to provide dedicated service for a city or county police department. Qualifications include a pending BA in criminal justice (currently completing final semester); comprehensive field training; and extensive experience in safety patrol, security details, undercover investigations and public-service activities.

Key Skills

  • 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, 12/04 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. Previously supported battlefield operations and provided area/convoy security during overseas assignment in Iraq (Operation Iraqi Freedom).

Key Results

  • Earned consistent commendations for devotion to duty with citations for excellence in rapidly resolving crisis situations, upholding law and order, relating effectively with culturally diverse populations and protecting property and lives.
  • Fulfilled a range of MP duties for both combat and peacekeeping missions. Gained proficiencies and experience in: traffic accident first-responder/investigations, police patrol, ticket/report writing, felony traffic stops, search and seizures, criminal investigations and suspect interviewing/fingerprinting/processing.
  • Selected for elite security details providing dignitary protection for visiting generals, members of Congress and other 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/life-saving acts of bravery (2005/2007), Good Conduct Medal (2009) and Combat Action Badge (2007).
  • 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

BA in Criminal Justice Candidate -- Degree Expected: 12/09 / Current GPA: 3.7

High School Diploma, 6/04

Certifications & Clearances:

  • Certified in first aid/CPR, traffic accident investigations, preliminary breath test (PBT) and Intoxilyzar 5000, and handcuffing/flexi-cuff procedures
  • Weapons certifications: MP 9mm pistol, M4 carbine, 12-gauge shotgun, Taser X26/M26
  • Secret Security Clearance

MP 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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