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Any Georgia State Troopers have any advice and information about the GSP academy, training, etc.  My department doesn't interact with them very often, so I haven't had discussions with a Trooper is person about the schooling.  I've heard horror stories, people quitting on the first day?!  When I went down to Forsyth GA for EVOC, the cadet troopers seemed pretty drilled, and wouldnt talk to anyone and appeared well disciplined.  I won't be applying for a few years because my department pays for college and its a good starting place to get my feet wet in law enforcment, but GSP is what I've had my goals set on for quite some time.

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I can't speak for GSP, however, I believe that their academy is alot like ours (FHP). We are very militaristic, the recruits are hammered, broke down psychologically, for the first couple of weeks or so. We had several quitting and hauling their bags in the middle of the night, sneaking out of the windows, it was funny now that I think back on it. This was 16 years ago, we are not quite as hard now as we used to be (unfortunatly). We did  alot of running and alot of PT. During your time in the academy, anytime someone walks towards you one of the recruits has to holler "Make Way" and stand to the side or hit the wall if they are inside. Never did so many push-ups in my life. I love the thought of what we went through to get where we are, Troopers!

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The GSP Trooper SChool is a bit more physical than some.  For years the number of trooper candidates far outnumbered the positions available; in recent years the Patrol had to actively recruit really hard for candidates just to fill a school.  What we began seeing was a candidate that was less willing to extend themselves physically.  The schools are no less demanding than they were when I went through in 1980; the candidates are less willing to work hard for the training.  Some leave today because they do not like the para-milittary life of patrol school; or getting up early for calesthenics and running; or marching; some have difficulty learning to drive a vehicle well at high speeds, or shoot at the level of skill required for our tactical training.


The Georgia State Patrol School is demanding; successful candidates will acquire a level of self-confidence, skill, and self-respect that is exemplified in a Georgia State Trooper.  However, a college education will always earn you more money!


Good luck,


Captain Al Wilson, GSP, Retired

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The GSP Trooper SChool is a bit more physical than some.  For years the number of trooper candidates far outnumbered the positions available; in recent years the Patrol had to actively recruit really hard for candidates just to fill a school.  What we began seeing was a candidate that was less willing to extend themselves physically.  The schools are no less demanding than they were when I went through in 1980; the candidates are less willing to work hard for the training.  Some leave today because they do not like the para-milittary life of patrol school; or getting up early for calesthenics and running; or marching; some have difficulty learning to drive a vehicle well at high speeds, or shoot at the level of skill required for our tactical training.


The Georgia State Patrol School is demanding; successful candidates will acquire a level of self-confidence, skill, and self-respect that is exemplified in a Georgia State Trooper.  However, a college education will always earn you more money!


Good luck,


Captain Al Wilson, GSP, Retired



Exactly Capt. nobody wants to work hard for something that means something anymore. We get alot of guys and gals looking for a job, this is a career, this is a way of life. You can be called a deputy, officer or cop and in 5 minutes they won't know who you are or even where you work! But when they meet a Trooper, they remember!

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Thats right, a college education will earn more money, but a career as a GSP Trooper is a very rewarding one none the less. (Note: A degree does not get you more money with the GSP, may help with faster promotions though. Alot of guys leave to further their career and get better hours and pay. (I did)) Anyone getting ready for the GSP Trooper school needs to be in the BEST possible shape. We were up well before sun-up doing some hard PT, then its wide open all day, and very structured. Alot of very good advanced training!


 


GSP Trooper 10/2002-9/2009


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Rate This | Posted almost 4 years ago

 

 I won't be applying for a few years because my department pays for college and its a good starting place


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Rate This | Posted almost 4 years ago

 

earln7. Your profile gives no information about you. My question is if you won't be applying for a few years why concern yourself at this time? Something is not adding up.