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Just turned 21 and applying, would love some input.

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Hey guys, i just turned 21 so im one step closer to my dream in that regard, now for the good stuff. I have found out of 3 departments that are hiring that dont require college to get in on there department, im very curious to know how my odds would be with only a high school diploma of getting on over a college grad or a military expereince? on the other hand i have never touched a drug, dont have any arrests or tickets, and im very athletic, i guess im just wondering what you guys think the odds would be for me, by the way i totaly plan on going to college its just that id hate to wait another 2-3 years before i can start applying, thanks alot.

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i would say someone with college or military experience would be a better applicant.

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My advice is to start by gaining knowledge of Criminal Justice. Possibly enrolled into a Criminal Justice school because with a degree in Law Enforcement you have the upper hand over all other applicants, except military. Good luck with your future endeavors!

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As far as the getting the job without a degree I will all depend on your location. However, as an individual who was hired first then went back to school full time while working shift work, I do have to say get your education first. Either one is hard enough alone, but trying to do both is not fun.

Remember Law Enforcement is not the safest of all jobs. Just think about what would happen if your recieved an injury (on the job and had to retire). You need to have something to fall back on. There will a police force when you finish school. Just my $.02


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Having in mind the sometimes hindsight is twenty twenty when i obtained my first jobs i had an associate degree! I wish i would have stayed in school full time and obtained my Bachelors degree . It would have opened so many more doors of federal lawenforcement jobs.


I found it was to hard to go to school part time since as a new hire you will spend most of your time most likely on midnights and afternoon shifts. Nobody can take this education away. it is worth it!

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You could get the job if your test scores are high and you make a very good impression on the hiring board but understand that someone who has military experience or who has shown the ability to learn at a higher level like collage is going to tip the scales in their favor if it is close at all.

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Thanks for the help guys. Im just wondering if my athletic background being able to pass the power test with ease, and my clean background will kind of even out the education? again i plan on going to college id just hate to waste another 2-3 years before i can apply you know?

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By the way, the power test here in Illinois is an athletic based test, im positive i will finish top 5 in that.

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You can always apply with-out a degree or military experience, but there will be other applicants who will be ahead of you. There have been many police officers who have gotten a job without the degree or military experience, but having either one just puts you ahead of the game. Not to mention some departments will pay you more if you already have a degree or some kind.

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Thanks everyone for all the help, so for the final replies, do igo ahead and apply with the diploma then go to college later or do i wait? seriously if theres very little chance for me then ill wait, just give me your opinion on if youd apply as of now thanks!