Army CID Looking for Applicants

August 20, 2012 |

Working for the Army’s Criminal Investigation Command (CID) may not turn out to be as slick and Hollywood-ized as, say, your typical episode of NCIS, but if you’re a veteran (or soon-to-be veteran), it’s certainly attractive, as the CID looking for qualified applicants to become highly-trained criminal investigators.

To qualify, applicants must be a U.S. citizen and must be at least 21 years old. Applicants must be no more than an E-5 (non-promotable). Those E-5s who are promotable, or those who have achieved E-6 but have one year or less time-in-grade, may apply with waiver. All applicants must have at least two years, but not more than 10 years’ time-in-service among other requirements. The complete listing of qualifications can be found on the CID website

To apply to become a CID Special Agent, prospective applicants should contact their local CID office or visit the Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID) website at for additional information.

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  1. Don says:

    Trust me, you DO NOT want any part of Army CID. These people are the leftovers from all other MOS's. These are the ones who couldn't make it as a cook or clerk, or medic or anything else. CID feeds them full of ego and tells them how "special" they are, and they believe it. Then these failures become an agent with POWER over other poor schumks on post. The commissioned officers are rejects from some other specialty. The warrant officers are butt kissers and the enlisted agents become cannon fodder for both of them. Stay as far away from this group of losers as you can. Avoid this MOS.

    • Harry says:

      I agree with Don's statement above for the most part. Be very careful…CID is NOT what it claims to be, and in my opinion, is a Division/Department/Unit or job that does not need to exist. All that is needed is the MPs, and MPIs with a little more training so they can do Felony level investigations and there would not be a need for CID. It is a farse!

  2. Andre says:

    And here is why they need people – The way they see it, you are either with them or against them!!

    This is straight out of an old "Stars and Stripes" article. It used to be here (in also, but I couldn't find it.

    Either way, I hope it helps somebody…

    Army convicts agent who disobeyed order to work
    Stars and Stripes
    Published: April 17, 2008
    MANNHEIM, Germany — It took only a few months for Army Sgt. Andre Lemos to realize he was not cut out to be a criminal investigator.

    The 43-year-old former Army diver thought he could quit at any time during his probationary period. But when he turned in his badge and credentials last January, the detachment’s top agent ordered him to take them back and return to work.

    After Lemos refused, the Army charged him.


    Lemos was convicted at a court-martial on Tuesday of disobeying a direct order after refusing to return to a job that he admittedly did not do well and grew to loathe.

    A military jury sentenced Lemos on Wednesday to reduction of one pay grade, forfeiture of $900 for six months and hard labor.

    The case is believed to be the first time an Army CID agent has been ordered to return to work after trying to resign during his probationary period.

    The conviction comes as the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command is aggressively recruiting new special agents for units that are short staffed due to the high number of deployments to places such as Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Lemos, a native of Brazil who has spent 10 years in the Army, said it was “common knowledge” that an agent could quit if he wanted to while on probation.

    Lemos struggled with the mountain of paperwork and became jaded with the high volume of questionable sexual assaults and indecent-acts allegations.

    He feared that if he continued working as an agent he might jeopardize a criminal investigation. “I was not good for the job,” he testified.

    That didn’t matter to Chief Warrant Officer 3 Phillip Curran, who supervises four enlisted agents at the Mannheim detachment.

    Curran testified on Tuesday that he was aware Lemos didn’t want to be an agent but didn’t want to reassign him until the end of his probation.

    “I needed him to do his job,” Curran said.

    Curran initially accepted Lemos’ badge and credentials and told him to go get his gun and turn it in on Jan. 17. But when Lemos returned with his pistol, Curran changed his mind. He told him to take the badge and credentials back three times. When Lemos refused, Master Sgt. Tara Wheadon warned him about the consequences of disobeying a direct order from a superior and told him to remove the sergeant stripes from his uniform.

    Wheadon testified that the loss of Lemos as an investigating agent meant the other investigators in the detachment had to work longer and harder. Lemos said he would have been willing to perform administrative duties until he was reassigned but he was never given that option.

    CID agents investigate felony-level crimes in the Army, and their skills are in high demand. Last July, the Pentagon began offering $20,000 lump sum bonuses to active-duty enlisted soldiers who completed the chief warrant officer CID basic course.

  3. Bob says:

    WARNING! DO N O T BECOME ASSOCIATED WITH THIS BUNCH OF EGO-MANIACS!! I was an agent for several years. These people are very corrupt and will do ANYTHING to ANYBODY, to further their career. Trust me, I know first-hand how dangerous (and pathetic) these low-life bastards can be. Steer clear of this legion of lunatics – they will ruin your career and your life.

    • Watchman says:

      I was an SA back in the 80’s and I agree with the other comments here.CID remains over run with people
      problems because proper leadership is
      lacking.Unfortunately,the egotistical and
      self centered find fertile ground in CID.
      It seems they’re the ones who go far at
      the expense of some fine guys and gals.
      If you’ve been part of CID you know exactly what I mean.It’s better not to say anymore.

  4. Vincent Lee says:

    The army CID can’t possibly be that bad. I’m sure they do their share of helping bring criminals to justice.

  5. D.M. says:

    Agreed. I was DST for three years pending my application to join the CID. I was an MP and grew up investigation (the right way), the good thing was I worked for a great office of professionals who I can say knew their shit as far as investigation, but there was one guy that was a truck driver gone 31D who couldn't get a freaking confession worth a shit. Needless to say, I deployed with my MP unit and didn't choose to come over to the other side, then ETS'd. But when out, I worked for the DA police for a bit and saw HUGE problems with leadership, not only within the CID where I was working but also within the DA police system. We couldn't even get training because we had no budget AND I was hired in while a hiring freeze was going on, so no one was able to get promoted as a GS. Luckily, I have an intelligence degree and wound up here in DC working for an Agency which I have more opportunity.

    Its unfortunate the breakdown within the system, CID has changed I know as I still keep in contact with a few but when they go through the process of weeding certain peeps out to be agents? they suck at it…and hence you get people who have no inborn skills of being people persons rather you get those who want to be cowboys and idiots