Joining the military might be a good thing for you to do. Consider all the branches. You could try to become an MP in the Army or Marines, an MA in the Navy, or a Security Forces Specialist in the Air Force. I would consider trying to join the Coast Guard. You could try to become a Maritime Enforcement Specialist and later try to become a boarding team member. Speak with recruiters from all the branches. Being a veteran, regardless of what branch you were in and what job you did, can help you get law enforcement officer jobs. Veterans get extra points on civil service tests and preference for federal jobs. Some law enforcement agencies that require applicants to have college will waive some or all of their college requirements for veterans. Also, for different reasons, some people simply like to hire qualified veterans whenever they get the chance to. If is great that you plan on getting a college degree. Getting a college degree is one of the best things that you can do. Many agencies require or prefer applicants to have college. Having a degree could help you get hired by some agencies. Some agencies pay their officers more if they have a degree. Having a degree could also help you get promoted during your career. Getting law enforcement officer jobs is becoming more and more competitive. However, all else being equal, a candidate that is a veteran with a college degree has a very good chance of getting hired. Best of luck!