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Air Force Security Forces (AFSC Enlisted: 3P0X1, Officer: 31PX) (formerly named Air Police, then Security Police; colloquially called "cops" by USAF personnel), are the military police of the United States Air Force. Airmen in this field go through about 13 weeks of training at Lackland Air Force Base with the 343rd Training Squadron, also known as the Security Forces Academy.
Air Force Security Forces members provide resource protection for vital national security assets, including fighter jets, bombers, nuclear bombs and nuclear missiles. Their main function is protection for all Air Force personnel, property, and operations. They are the ground troops for the USAF along the lines of the RAF Regiment or the German Air Force Objektschutzbataillon. They are trained in ground combat skills, including land navigation, crew served weapons systems, claymore mines, fragmentation hand grenade use, light anti-tank weapon rocket, hand and arm signals, squad movements, and many other Infantry skills. Security Forces also provide the law enforcement function on all Air Force bases to include response to emergencies, response to building alarms, traffic direction, traffic regulations enforcement, criminal and traffic accident investigations, and crime scene securing for major crimes. Security Forces personnel have also been deploying to augment Air Force Vehicle Operators (AFSC 2T1X1) providing convoy security and line haul support directly to U.S. Army units within Iraq. Security Forces have been deploying to augment the US Army in Detainee Operations at Camp Bucca and as Police Transitions Teams working with the Iraqi Police in Baghdad and Tikrit. Members of the Air Force Security Forces can be seen on an Air Force base wearing their dark blue berets. The Security Forces field is one of only five Air Force jobs that receive a beret upon graduation of technical school. Security Forces are to adhere to a high standard of discipline even for small infractions. Security Forces, as enforcers of the law and the Uniform Code of Military Justice, are normally held to a higher standard of conduct than the common Airman