Charlie Inot was raised in a U.S. Navy family. In 1964, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving in the 82nd Airborne Division and with the 6th, 5th, and 10th Special Forces Groups. During the Vietnam War, he saw combat with the 5th Special Forces Group, and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for valor, and the Purple Heart Medal. He was honorably discharged from the Army in 1970.
Inot joined the San Diego Police Department in 1971 and, over the years, served in various assignments, including the Metro Arson Strike Team. He retired as a detective in 1993.
Concurrently with his law enforcement career, Inot enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve, serving 17 years in the 12th Special Forces Group. He retired in 1994 with the rank of Master Sergeant.
In 1993, Inot was hired as a Criminal Investigator by the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office, and accepted assignments in the Pre-Trial Division and the Family Protection Division. He retired in 2005 after 34 years in law enforcement.
Inot attended Miramar College and Southwestern College, and earned a degree in Criminal Justice. He is a charter member of Chapter 75, Special Forces Association in San Diego. Other memberships include the Association of the U.S. Army, American Legion, Peace Officers Research Association of California, and the National Rifle Association. He volunteers with Meals on Wheels, the USO, and the Veterans Home in Chula Vista.