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Old 10-09-2011, 18:27   #1
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Looks like I might be academy bound

Had my psych on Friday to finish out the application process for the current department that I have been working on for a while. After our drug test and academy life brief, we were provided a shopping list of cadet uniforms, as well as all of the other stuff like PT clothes and various supplies.

I have yet to receive my official letter, but that should be here in the coming week or two, according to the HR lady. My report date will be November 14, and it will be a class size of about 80 cadets.

Just wanted to say thanks a ton to everybody here for all of the advice thus far. The academy for the Staties here is 27 weeks, and I am very anxious to start.
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Old 10-09-2011, 18:35   #2
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Jesus, 27 weeks. Ugh. I am sure it will be fun though. Not that we need to tell you but make sure you have all of your siht together day one then commence to disappearing in the crowd.

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Old 10-09-2011, 18:39   #3
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Outstanding. Full steam ahead.
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Old 10-09-2011, 18:42   #4
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Jesus, 27 weeks. Ugh. I am sure it will be fun though. Not that we need to tell you but make sure you have all of your siht together day one then commence to disappearing in the crowd.

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Sir, yes Sir. I will make sure to disappear and go un-noticed as much as possible. It is a para-military academy and department. I picked up on quite a re things by watching the current cadets on Friday.
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Old 10-09-2011, 18:43   #5
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Outstanding. Full steam ahead.
Thanks very much!
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Old 10-09-2011, 18:43   #6
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Jesus, 27 weeks. Ugh.
This. I was ready to lose my mind in a 18 week academy. Tack on 9 more and I'd be a drooling, babbling idiot! (Insert command/admin joke here)

Congrats and good luck! Remember, this is going to be very trying, and they're going to want to see if you quit, but this is also the most fun you're likely to have in LE. Where else can you go and drive fast, beat up bad guys and shoot guns EVERY DAY?!

Keep us posted!
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Old 10-09-2011, 18:48   #7
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This. I was ready to lose my mind in a 18 week academy. Tack on 9 more and I'd be a drooling, babbling idiot! (Insert command/admin joke here)

Congrats and good luck! Remember, this is going to be very trying, and they're going to want to see if you quit, but this is also the most fun you're likely to have in LE. Where else can you go and drive fast, beat up bad guys and shoot guns EVERY DAY?!

Keep us posted!
Thanks and I will post as much as I safely can on the weekends that I am allowed to come home. I am very excited, and a little nervous. I know that I will be physically and mentally exhausted on a daily basis. The academics are as tough for this academy as the PT. I will suck it up every day knowing that I am working towards my dream career.

I have worked very hard for this. I have lost 60 pounds so far and run over 3.5 miles 4-5 days per week to prepare. I started training physically back in April.
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I just wanna know how you cheated on the psych test to pass it.



Congrats the great adventure begins.
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I just wanna know how you cheated on the psych test to pass it.



Congrats the great adventure begins.
I just told them that I know a crusty old retired cop in another part of the country that said not to draw pictures of things on fire. They said that I was already well versed in the tactics of not appearing crazy and let me skip the test and go home for the day.

The big joke of the day was somebody saying they hoped we all studied for the drug test
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Old 10-09-2011, 18:53   #10
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Dude good luck. If they told me I would have to repeat the academy to keep my job, I'd tell them to come get their stuff....it will be in the street.
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Dude good luck. If they told me I would have to repeat the academy to keep my job, I'd tell them to come get their stuff....it will be in the street.
Don't blame you one bit for that. I think this will be one of those things that I will feel happy to accomplish, but something that I would hope to never have to do again.
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You'll be walking on eggshells until Nov. 14.

IIRC, you previously posted this academy is a stay-away. Which means in about 10 to 12 weeks time, all you cadets will be getting cabin fever and will be ready to kill each other. Did somebody already mention that to you?

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You'll be walking on eggshells until Nov. 14.

IIRC, you previously posted this academy is a stay-away. Which means in about 10 to 12 weeks time, all you cadets will be getting cabin fever and will be ready to kill each other. Did somebody already mention that to you?

Congratulations!
I have been on eggshells for a long time now over this process. And good memory. It is indeed a stay away academy. They allow you certain weekends to come home. The good news is that only two cadets share a room together and not 50 like in the military. I am sure we will get on each others nerves at times, but I talked to quite a few people there who will potentially be in my class, and they seemed like a great group.
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I think this will be one of those things that I will feel happy to accomplish, but something that I would hope to never have to do again.
Remember, for the academy phase of your career, graduating is the goal.

So between now and Day 1 of the academy, the goal should be to maintain your current physical condition. Don't push yourself so hard that you'll end up with a physical injury.

When you're in the academy, the goal is to graduate. So don't do anything physically crazy or beyond your abilities that you'll get injured and can't continue, and thus have to get recycled through the next class.
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I have been on eggshells for a long time now over this process.

I am sure we will get on each others nerves at times, but I talked to quite a few people there who will potentially be in my class, and they seemed like a great group.
On both points, oh believe me, you ain't seen nothing yet.
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Remember, for the academy phase, graduating is the goal.

So between now and Day 1 of the academy, the goal should be to maintain your current physical condition. Don't push yourself so hard that you'll end up with a physical injury.

When you're in the academy, the goal is to graduate. So don't do anything physically crazy or beyond your abilities that you'll get injured and can't continue, and thus have to get recycled through the next class.
I sincerely appreciate the great advice. I have been thinking about this myself a lot lately as well actually. I am going to try to maybe lose a couple more pounder by then, but not push like I have been the last six months. I will maintain what I progress I have made, like you suggested. I also plan to do just enough to keep the instructors off of my back, and not push super hard and end up getting recycled. I know a Trooper whose daughter is starting over in November for the third time because of a re-occurring knee injury that she got while trying to outrun the guys on a formation run. I hope she males it this time through, but I only want to experience this all only one time.
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Old 10-09-2011, 20:00   #17
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Congrats man, work hard it will be over before you know it. Then after a few years you can come over and be a Fireman with the rest of the men. Just kidding, congrats.
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Old 10-09-2011, 20:03   #18
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Congrats man, work hard it will be over before you know it. Then after a few years you can come over and be a Fireman with the rest of the men. Just kidding, congrats.
I appreciate the kind words.
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Old 10-09-2011, 20:54   #19
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I just finished the academy 3 weeks ago. 7 long months.

Good luck and be really good at disappearing.
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I just finished the academy 3 weeks ago. 7 long months.

Good luck and be really good at disappearing.
Thanks for the advice! I promise to do everything I can not to stick out. I will just do what I have to do and try to enjoy the fun stuff when it comes around.
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