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Criminal Investigations Special Agent: Army Careers

Criminal Investigations Special Agent (31D)

  • Enlisted
  • Officer
  • Active Duty
  • Army Reserve
  • Open to Women
  • Entry Level


Criminal investigations special agents are primarily responsible for investigating any criminal allegations/offenses related to the Army. They handle felony-level crimes that involve Army property and Army personnel.

Job Duties

  • Investigate criminal activities such as espionage, treason and terrorism
  • Interview witnesses and question suspects
  • Collect/analyze criminal intelligence and provide forensic laboratory support
  • Maintain Army criminal records


Those who want to serve must first take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, a series of tests that helps you better understand your strengths and identify which Army jobs are best for you.


Job training for a criminal investigations special agent requires completing 20 weeks of a resident course, which is designed to train criminal investigation duties in field units for the Army.

Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

  • Civil and military laws
  • Investigation procedures and techniques
  • Crime scene processing
  • Testimonial evidence

Helpful Skills

  • Interest in law enforcement
  • Willingness to perform potentially dangerous work
  • Ability to make quick decisions
  • Remain calm under heavy duress

Required ASVAB Score(s)

Skilled Technical (ST) : 102

Learn more about the ASVAB and see what jobs you could qualify for.

Pilot Recruiting Program for New Recruits

The 31D Criminal Investigations Special Agent Pilot Program is open to applicants interested in the Criminal Investigative Division (CID) positions for Active Duty.  Successful applicants must complete 31B Military Police One Station Unit Training (OSUT) and the CID Special Agent Course (CIDSAC).  Due to the nature of work required of CID Special Agents, strict qualifications must be met prior to enlistment:


  • U.S. Citizenship
  • 21 years of age or older
  • Bachelor's degree or higher in one of the following: criminal justice, forensic science, computer science, digital forensics, pre-law, legal studies, accounting, finance, psychology or biology
  • 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Normal color vision (no exception to policy authorized)
  • Valid driver's license and a favorable driving record
  • Favorable credit history
  • No felony or court martial convictions
  • Eligibility for Top Secret clearance
  • Must have suitable character, integrity, reputation, sobriety, discretion, and stability as established by a Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI)
  • No history of mental or emotional disorders

If you meet the requirements and are interested in the program, contact your local recruiter.


Total compensation includes housing, medical, food, special pay, and vacation time. Learn more about total compensation.

Education Benefits

In the Army, qualified students can earn full-tuition, merit-based scholarships, allowances for books and fees, plus an annual stipend for living expenses. Learn more about education benefits.

Future Civilian Careers

The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career with federal, state and local law enforcement.


Those interested in this job may be eligible for civilian employment, after the Army, by enrolling in the Army PaYS program. The PaYS program is a recruitment option that guarantees a job interview with military friendly employers that are looking for experienced and trained Veterans to join their organization. Find out more about the Army PaYS Program at


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