FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Criminal Investigation Command here is looking for new, qualified recruits to train as CID special agents.

Meeting all the requirements can be a difficult task, but Ray Massey, special agent in charge of CID here, said it is worth the effort.

"When I was in the (Military Police), becoming a CID special agent was a goal for me," he said. "It has been a very rewarding job."

Special Agent Cory Stallings said he has received unique opportunities to learn new skills since becoming a CID special agent, opportunities he might not have gotten otherwise.

"I was really interested in the forensics aspect of the job. I've been given some great training in that area," he said. "For example, I was able to go through a blood-spatter evaluation course that was really neat and different for me."

Massey said the CID office here needs more agents to handle the various types of issues the office encounters.

"We are short-handed right now," Massey said. "Our mission is to diligently seek the truth. Crime in the military world is very similar to crime in the civilian area. We need a variety of different types of agents to investigate the different types of crimes we might see."

CID special agents are also deployable, Massey said. He has deployed twice to the Middle East as an agent.

"You go through the investigation process much like you would here, but it's a little more stressful because there's usually less time to conduct an investigation and you might not have the same resources as you would at (an installation) in the U.S."

According to Stallings, some of the requirements to qualify as a CID special agent include having a minimum of two years of military service but not more than 10, have a maximum grade of E-5 non-promotable, meet height and weight standards according to Army Regulation 600-9 and pass an Army Physical Fitness Test within six months of applying.

"We're looking for people who have served in all areas of the Army," Stallings said. "We like to have people from every military occupational specialty because we investigate a wide variety of crimes including economic, drug-related and 'general crimes.'"

Some requirements to be considered for the positions can be waived, depending on circumstances, Stallings added. Currently, the moratorium on the maximum grade of E-5 has been lifted to include those promotable sergeants and staff sergeants.

Also, if the CID office gives a favorable endorsement to a candidate, the minimum military or civilian police experience level and minimum education requirements can be waived.

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