The military police exist to provide support and assistance to the commander on the battlefield. The
major mission facing the Army in peacetime is to maintain readiness. In large part, unit readiness rests
on the morale, discipline, and training of its soldiers. All three of these factors suffer if the quality of life
on the installation is not maintained. Soldiers and their families should be able to feel good about life in
the Army community. They must have a safe and secure environment in which to live, work, and train.
The military police soldier is a part of that community. At the same time, he has the opportunity to
contribute to the safety, security, and the quality of life in the Army community. He also has the
opportunity to contribute to the civilian community that surrounds the installation.
The military police soldier contributes to the readiness of the Army in many ways. He contributes
through his own readiness to perform the complex duties expected of him in the airland battle. He also
contributes by making the garrison installation, whether at home or abroad, a safer place for his fellow
soldiers and their families.
Through an active physical security program, he protects the Army's assets. He guards the Army's
installations and people against the threat of terrorists. MP initiatives in crime prevention and family
advocacy help protect and assist their fellow soldiers and their families. Through the law and order
mission the MP contributes directly to creating a safe and secure environment for his fellow soldiers
and their families. In doing so, he contributes to the overall readiness of the Army.
This subcourse deals with several of the law and order missions of the military police in a peacetime
environment. It will assist the MP soldier in understanding his role in protecting and assisting the Army