QUANTICO, Va. — “Wanted.” The word placed in bold letters across a poster with the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command badge incites fear in criminals around the world.
The latest Wanted poster released by the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, however, is seeking assistance of a different kind.
Commonly known as CID, it is seeking applications from qualified Solders to train and serve as sworn federal law enforcement agents.
CID and its agents support the Army in peace and war by investigating felony-level crime that has an Army nexus. From homicide to contracting fraud, CID’s reach covers the globe and helps keep the Army community safe with one of the highest crime solve rates in modern law enforcement.
“If you want to do real detective work, if that is where your heart is, Army CID is where you need to be,” said Chief Warrant Officer 5 John Welch, the command’s chief warrant officer. “That is what we do day in and day out.”
CID special agents are on the cutting edge with the latest in criminal investigative tactics and techniques and receive some of the best training available in law enforcement today.
Agents are supported by a world-renowned criminal forensic laboratory and have the opportunity to pursue education at the FBI National Academy, Metropolitan Policy Academy at Scotland Yard, and the Canadian Police College.
“Our mission is felony investigations and anything associated with Title 10 criminal investigations,” Welch said. “We work hand-in-hand with U.S. attorneys, local law enforcement agencies, the FBI, DEA, and ATF.”
CID special agents also conduct computer crime investigations, polygraph services, criminal intelligence collection and analysis, and provide personal security services, much like the U.S. Secret Service, for key Department of Defense and Army officials.
For many CID special agents like Welch, however, the mission is second to the difference they make.
“There is no better feeling than helping people through your investigative efforts, whether it be helping an individual or helping a community,” he said.
“Wanted” Soldiers must be U.S. citizens, at least 21-years-old and a maximum rank of sergeant (non-promotable). Promotable sergeants and staff sergeants with less than a year time-in-grade may apply with a waiver. All applicants must have at least two years, but not more than 10 years- time-in-service, have an Skilled Technical score of 107 or higher (110 or higher if tested before Jan. 2, 2002), have at least 60 college credit hours (waiver of up to half of this prerequisite may be considered), and have normal color vision and no record of mental or emotional disorders.
Additionally, they must be able to speak and write clearly, attain and maintain a top secret-single scope background investigation security clearance, no record of unsatisfactory credit and no felony or court-martial convictions.
Lastly, they must be able to complete 36 months of service obligation upon completion of the CID Special Agent Course.
Soldiers with a passion for real detective work and the above qualifications are sought by CID and can start the application process at www.cid.army.mil.