There are several eligibility requirements that must be met in order to become a military police officer in the U.S. Marines. Potential officers are required to go through the officer basic course or an approved alternative training instruction program as a member of the Marine Corps. Reserves. Applicants must be at least 19 years of age and be at least 65 inches tall, with weight proportional to height.
MP training is open to U.S. citizens with a valid state driver's license who are not colorblind and have vision correctable to 20/20 . Recruits are trained at the U. S. Army Military Police School. Training teaches candidates about operations and tactics. It also focuses on leadership skills and maintaining troop objectives.
In addition to passing the required training, candidates must have a general technical score of at least 100. Trainees must also be eligible for secret security clearance. A history of mental illness or emotional disorders results in automatic disqualification without exception. Likewise, service members who have been convicted of serious crimes or received nonjudicial punishment for offenses such as drug or spousal abuse are not eligible.
MP officers conduct patrols both on foot and in vehicles. They serve during times of peace as well as war.