Ensuring safety through enforcing the law Law Enforcement & Security

Providing servicemembers with physical protection. Organizing and performing preliminary investigations. Imposing military law and order. As a Reservist working in the Law Enforcement & Security community of America’s Navy, you will receive advanced training that will not only teach you how to enforce rules and regulations, but also provide safety to the fleet.

Job Description

At a time when everyday threats to our safety are more real than ever, an impressive force is needed to maintain law and order. As a Reservist in the Law Enforcement & Security community, you will make it your duty to make the world a safer place by performing criminal investigations and protecting freedom by leading antiterrorism forces. And your use of the latest tools, technologies and techniques will be paramount.

Whatever the specifics, your duties will be carried out during your scheduled drilling and training periods. Take a moment to learn more about the general roles and responsibilities of Reservists. And know this: The impact of your work and your service will go far beyond the time that you put in.


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Specific Responsibilities

Act as security head during an Admiral’s visit. Conduct the investigation of a crime scene. Implement antiterrorism measures. Maintain the discipline of your Fleet by enforcing the rules, regulations and guidelines the Navy holds dear. The evidence clearly shows that this opportunity is well worth investigating.

As a member of the Law Enforcement & Security community, you may:

  • Provide security and physical protection for servicemembers
  • Train fellow Sailors in security duties
  • Serve as a security advisor for your squadron
  • Assist in crowd control and riot prevention
  • Operate military prisons (brigs)
  • Handle and care for dogs that detect narcotics and explosives


Most of what you do in the Navy Reserve is considered training. The basic Navy Reserve commitment involves training a minimum of one weekend a month (referred to as drilling) and two weeks a year (referred to as Annual Training) – or the equivalent of that.

Law Enforcement & Security professionals in the Navy Reserve serve in an Enlisted role. Before receiving the ongoing professional training that comes with the job, initial training requirements must be met.

For current or former Enlisted military servicemembers: Prior experience satisfies the initial recruit training requirement – so you will not need to go through Boot Camp again.

For those without prior military experience: You will need to meet the initial Recruit Training requirement by attending Boot Camp for seven to nine weeks in Great Lakes, IL. This training course will prepare you for service in the Navy Reserve and count as your first Annual Training.

However you start out, the law enforcement training you will receive as a Sailor in this field is extensive. You will learn the basic fundamentals of Navy rules and regulations, as well as law enforcement and security techniques through formal Navy schooling. The on-the-job training you receive is just as comprehensive.

Career Advantages

In becoming part of the Law Enforcement & Security community, you’ll get homeland security training that’s highly sought after in the civilian sector – working and training alongside some of America’s top security experts. And providing law enforcement support to a Fleet 400,000 strong, as well as a public in need.

Your training and extensive hands-on experience may also prepare you to be, or enhance your current career as, a:

  • Police officer
  • Private investigator
  • Detective
  • Corrections officer
  • Bail enforcement agent

Some training may be counted toward semester credit hours for a vocational certificate as well as an associate or bachelor’s degree. What’s more, you could potentially get full tuition for college – plus money for books and living expenses – through the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

Your specialized training in the Navy Reserve could prepare you for credentialing, certification and/or licensure opportunities from a number of national boards and organizations. Allowing you to become even more competitive in your challenging field.

And the more tangible benefits? Competitive pay. Points earned toward retirement benefits. Outstanding insurance options. And much more. Read about the benefits of serving in the Navy Reserve.


General qualifications may vary depending upon whether you’re currently serving, whether you’ve served before or whether you’ve never served before.

Note that no college degree is required to join the Law Enforcement & Security community. For Reservists, prior related experience is valuable but not necessary. However, the community does look for individuals who are committed and quick-thinking.

More Information

Want to explore further? Learn what you need to know about joining the Navy Reserve. Find us on Facebook to interact with actual Navy Reservists. Or, if you need more information, contact a Navy Reserve Recruiter.

Consider Your Service Options.

There are different ways that you can commit to serve in America’s Navy. Besides part-time opportunities in the Navy Reserve, full-time Active Duty positions are also available in this career area.