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Army Reciprocity
Civilian Police Officer’s Handbook
Fenruary 2021

This handbook contains information gathered from the 50 state law enforcement officer standards and training organizations. The US Army reciprocity standards for civilian police and corrections officers seeking reciprocity to enter US Army Military Police, US Army Criminal Investigation Division as Special Agents and US Army Corrections Officers, all of whom  wishing to enter Active Duty, Reserve or National Guard service.

This handbook has been developed to provide information about the various governmental reciprocity regulations relating to the employment and training standards for criminal justice officers in the United States and the United States Army.  


For more information about the civilian police officer and corrections officer reciprocity, please visit our web site at:
You can also contact the OAC by writing to:

US Army Military Police School
ATTN:  Office of Accreditation and Credentialing
14030 MSCoE Loop Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri 65473

Office of Accreditation and Credentialing    573-563-XXXX    Fort Leonard Wood, MO

This material is subject to the change based on Department of the Army policies and guidance.  All information on reciprocity rights are reserved, and this document may not be reproduced without the expressed written permission from the Commandant, US Army Military Police School. 

A special thanks to the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training for much of the state information used in this US Army Reciprocity Manual.  


The Office of Accreditations and Credentialing works to further the professionalism of our branch through several avenues.  Accreditation, certification, commissioning, licensing and…. . The OAC’s mission is to research, design, develop, implement, manage and oversee professionalism programs for Army law enforcement and corrections.  As such, our military and civilian police and corrections specialists train under the standards set forth by Department of Defense and the US Army.  The OAC works as the Army’s Peace Officers Standards and Training operational arm that functions to test all of our police and corrections officers for credentials, certifications and commissions.    The DOD POST Commission set standards for law enforcement officers, identify training needs, and certify training.  Positions in law enforcement and corrections who hold a state certification or American Correctional Association certification may coordinate for law enforcement or corrections in the US Army.  This reciprocity handbook will outline everything associated with this process.  Civilian personnel seeking a full-time or reserve career in the military may use this reciprocity process to reduce their time in training.    Civilian officer job applicants who hold a state or federal occupational classification and have experience in that occupation may qualify for waiver of some of the basic law enforcement or corrections training requirements. Whether an applicant’s training and experience is accepted in lieu of basic training is governed by policy and regulations. Some state POST agencies have developed reciprocity policies and administrative rules to accept military training and allow qualified and experienced military police officers to challenge some or all portions of their basic training requirements.  The US Army will endeavor to do the same.  This reciprocity manual is intended to be a resource to civilian law enforcement and corrections officers. It is recommended that interested persons access the web page of the respective state to get additional information and guidance on waiver of training. It is recognized that the requirements of certification or reciprocity may change, or there may be a change in agency telephone numbers. It is important that the OAC be notified electronically when this occurs so corrections can be made to this handbook.