The air marshal has one of the most exciting jobs in the criminal justice field. In this profession, you get to jet to different parts of the world. The best part is while you are doing this, your employer, in this case the US government, is picking up the tab.
But make no mistake about it, the air marshal job is not all glamour. It is a serious job that requires serious skills. In this article, I discuss the 2 most important skills you must have to become a successful air marshal. In no particular order, they are:
1. Marksman Skill:
The Air Marshal must be an excellent marksman or good shot as they say in layman’s terms. This is the ability to take out your target with precision and eliminating or limiting damage to surrounding targets.
For example, the air marshal may be put in a situation to take out a terrorist. This terrorist may be sitting next to other passengers. The air marshal should be able to take out this terrorist without harming or killing the passengers sitting next to him or her.
While taking out the passenger, the air marshal must not damage the aircraft or at least limit the damage to the aircraft. The last thing you want is for the marshal to put a big dent in the aircraft that may lead to the aircraft crashing. The aircraft crashing will most likely lead to most, if not all, of the passengers dying. This will defeat the whole purpose of shooting the terrorist.
This skill is the reason air marshals have the highest firearms qualification standard of all law enforcement agencies. It is that important.
2. Judgment Skill:
The air marshal must have excellent judgment skill. Terrorist don’t advertise before they board an airplane. They generally blend in with other passengers. This makes them difficult to detect.
The air marshal must have the judgment skill to pick up on things that are out of the ordinary. The ability to do this can avert potentially dangerous situations.
When the air marshal picks up on things that are out of the ordinary, she or he must decide what to do and when to do it. Making the wrong judgment will put the crew and passengers of the flight in danger.
The above are just 2 of the skills an air marshal must have. There are a lot more. It’s difficult to cover them all in this short article. If you are interested in becoming an air marshal, I urge you to do more reading on the internet. You can this by going to websites which cover the profession in more detail.
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