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    Ten Steps to Joining the Force for Military Service Members

    Ten Steps to Joining the Force for Military Service Members
    As the competition for coveted law enforcement positions increases throughout the country, police and federal recruiters have the luxury of picking and choosing the absolute best and brightest individuals. More often than not, police chiefs, sheriffs, and recruiters are turning to military veterans to fill these positions as they staff the next wave of warriors in the war on crime. Like ...
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    Step 8: Background Check

    Step 8: Background Check
    The background check may be the most invasive experience you’ve ever had in your life. Everything about you will be checked out. Your character, your finances, your driving and criminal records, to name just a few. The information here will help you prepare for the background investigation: p((. • Be honest and upfront p((. • Tell your friends and family p((. ...
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    Step 1: Choosing the Right Law Enforcement Career

    Step 1: Choosing the Right Law Enforcement Career
    A common question received at PoliceLink relates to what a service member can do in order to best align their skills with those needed to succeed as a civilian law enforcement officer (LEO). In this section, we’ll help you figure out which areas of law enforcement your skills best suit you for. For active duty service members, this may help you ...
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    10 Things I Learned In the Military I Use on the Street

    10 Things I Learned In the Military I Use on the Street
    Are you a military veteran or currently in the military and considering a career in law enforcement?  Are you a current or former member of our armed services, that has a strong desire to be a police officer, state trooper, or sheriff's deputy, but are not quite sure you possess the right skills? Are you an active or former military service ...
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    Step 3: GI Bill

    Step 3: GI Bill
    GI Bill Benefits Can Ease Your Transition The Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) is an education and training benefit earned by Active Duty, Selected Reserve and National Guard service members. The benefit is designed to help service members and eligible veterans cover the costs associated with getting an education or training. The GI Bill has several programs and each is administrated differently ...
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    Step 2: Transition made easy: Timeline & Checklist

    Step 2: Transition made easy: Timeline & Checklist
    One Year Before Separation p((. • Check out the Reserve and Guard programs – you could earn pay, benefits, and a pension. p((. • Begin researching your relocation, benefits, job boards, etc. p((. • Contact your Education or Transition Office to take a Job Skills and Interest assessment, to determine the best civilian career field. p((. • Check out the Career ...
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    Step 9: Fitness

    Step 9: Fitness
    Introduction This special fitness was written exclusively for PoliceLink by former Navy SEAL and law enforcement fitness expert Stew Smith, CSCS. A U.S. Naval Academy graduate, Stew has written several best selling fitness and self defense books, including The Complete Guide to Navy SEAL Fitness, Maximum Fitness, and SWAT Workout. Certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Strength ...
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    Step 10: Common Hurdles Faced by Veterans

    Step 10: Common Hurdles Faced by Veterans
    If you’re like most military service members, you’ve spent your entire working career in the military. You know how it works and you know how to work with it. Getting out and entering the civilian world can be daunting to think about. You’ll hit your fair share of hurdles along the way. As long as you expect them, they should be ...
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    Step 5: Meeting a Recruiter

    Step 5: Meeting a Recruiter
    Wear a suit Always wear a suit or coat and tie. Wearing business attire shows that you hold yourself to the highest standards, and that is what a recruiter is looking for in a candidate. Many prospective recruits make the mistake of showing up in their every day street clothes. This does not go unnoticed and there is a high probability ...
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    Step 6: Applying for the Job

    Step 6: Applying for the Job
    Applying for a job can often be nerve-racking. There are many unknowns that have be dealt with and overcome. One of the biggest hurdles to overcome is standing out against the “competition.” In this section we’ll go over a few ways to highlight your military service to help you stand apart. But first, here’s a word of warning. Don’t expect your ...
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    Step 4: Picking a Department

    Step 4: Picking a Department
    There are many things to take into consideration when picking a department. Things like the type of law enforcement agency, proximity to where you want to live, or starting pay all are important factors. One of the biggest mistakes made by candidates is having their heart set on one specific department and refusing to apply anywhere else. As anyone with experience ...
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    Step 7: Exams

    Step 7: Exams
    There are many companies out there that offer study guides for law enforcement entrance exams. If the recruiter you spoke to recommended one over another – buy it and study it from cover to cover. The exam is often times your key into the rest of the application process. Do good, because if you’re applying with multiple agencies, you can expect ...
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    10 Steps to Joining the Force - A Guide For Military Service Members - Download the Ebook

    Due to popular demand, PoliceLink's "Ten Steps to Joining the Force - A Guide For Military Service Members":http://policelink.monster.com/benefits/11336-10-steps-to-joining-the-force---a-guide-for-military-service-members is now available as a downloadable ebook. The ebook can be downloaded and printed to read at your convenience. Written in conjunction with PoliceLink and "Military.com":http:/www.military.com, The Ten Steps to Joining the Force - A Guide For Military Service Members is full of ...
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