How to Join the U.N. Military

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How to Join the U.N. Military
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The United Nations does not have its own military, but it does have peacekeeping forces. The peacekeeping forces are made up of soldiers, police officers and military observers from the UN's 192 member countries. Most Americans who want to take part in peacekeeping serve as civilian police officers instead of soldiers. The State Department recruits volunteers for "CivPol" through private companies such as DynCorp International, Civilian Police International and PAE-HSC. These companies invite police officers and ex-police officers to apply for year-long postings overseas.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Become a police officer in America. You must be a police officer for five years in the States before you are eligible to apply for a peacekeeping position. You also must be at least 25 years of age and able to pass a physical agility test.

  2. 2

    Apply for a civilian police officer position through DynCorp International, Civilian Police International or PAE-HSC.

  3. 3

    Begin peacekeeper training. When training is complete you will be sent to the United Nations for international deployment.

Tips and warnings

  • If you are not a police officer but are interested in working with the UN, browse its job opportunities (see Resources).
  • Beware of recruitment scams claiming to be the United Nations. As the UN states on its recruitment website: "The United Nations does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing, training or any other fees). The United Nations does not concern itself with information on bank accounts."

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