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Posted about 2 years ago

 

Hello all,


I am currently active duty Army, I ETS out in November of 2013, so appx 12 months. If you subtract terminal leave, the ETS date will probably be September.


A little background on my service: No issues of any kind, no black marks, good on PT, deployed with the 82nd, good conduct medal, CAB, multiple ARCOMs and AAMs from several different commands. I have no brain injuries or PTSD from my deployments. I have served from 2008 - 2013 on active duty. I will be seperating with an honorable discharge.


I am a native of Indiana originally, however my wife is from Texas and our family is set on moving there when I ETS. I have applied to the Indiana State Police a couple times before but at the time (I believe this was 2005 and 2006) they were taking a few thousand applications and filling around 40 positions. At the time I had no college, active duty service, or any way to attend college financially so my application never made it very far. I am truly driven to law enforcement, not for the money or benefits. Because honestly, the money and benefits are pretty low for the danger and stress you take on. A lot like the miltary. Most of all, I am driven to help people in any way I can to make it a better world that I wouldn't mind my boy and girl growing up in. (girl is 3, boy is 8 fyi)


I would like a smooth transition from this career into another career. I will be attending AMU with a full course load of 12-15 credit hours per semester as well, it's pretty easy for me to balance my online classes with work. (If I can do it deployed it should be no problem anywhere else) My wife and I are looking to move anywhere in Texas but we are focusing mainly on the San Antonio area because of its school system.


Here are some of the concerns on my mind:


1. Will SAPD work with me so that I can become a cadet in training shortly after my ETS or what is the recommended course of action?


2. My wife had her back broken in a car accident in 2005, currently I have no worries becaue of Tricare. It is my understanding that cadet training is appx 33 weeks long. During this time will I have access to the same medical as probationary officers?


3. I have read quite a bit about how SAPD is 'always hiring', however I just wanted to know if this is a trend or will the doors still be open around Fall of 2013? I know none of you can tell the future but if this is a hiring ploy, I'd like to just be as informed as I can be.


4. I have nothing to worry about as far as credit or past criminal history, I am a prettty confident speaker as far as the oral is concerned and I'm studying the materials found in the 'Become A Cop' link above, physical fitness is good as well, I do the 2 mile run in 13:30, 72 pushups in 2 minutes, 80 situps in 2 minutes and I'm in the 31 y/o bracket. My concern however in the hiring process is: I am humble, but confident, is confidence something frowned upon during the hiring process? In the military some leaders definitely will knock you down a few pegs if they see you are confident at a promotion board. And the second concern is, am I missing anything? I see about 6-7 steps in the hiring process and that it can take about 6 months or more depending on the station, but I am also seeing a LOT of people posting about failed attempts to become a LEO. I feel like I'm definitely missing something and it's going to bite me and I'll be living in San Antonio with 8 months until I can retest.


 


Any advice or criticism is welcome. I appreciate your time and any effort to straighten me out.

535688_382877455065342_1993133304_n_max50

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Rate This | Posted about 2 years ago

 

BTW, I did read the post on 'axeing' and I plan on it when I can. But I truly appreciate the insight and wisdom of people who have 'been there, done that'. Thank you, again.

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Rate This | Posted about 2 years ago

 

These are questions you should be asking the agency of interest. Maybe a member of the department on this site can respond. Thanks for your service. The time to axe these questions is now.

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Rate This | Posted about 2 years ago

 

Thank you, I am calling the recruiter today to see if they can give me the answers or point me in the right direction.

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Rated +1 | Posted about 2 years ago

 

Good plan on the above and I would only add that you should consider remaining in the Reserve Component because you can continue to serve and eventually draw a retirement from the military. Depending on how many years you have under your belt you may be eligible for a percentage of your pension now? I retired from the military in 06 and will draw my military pension eventually.

I curently have been vested in my civilian pension for a few years, so that is good. My point, continue your college plans, continue your service in the RC and while you are doing that continue seeking the LE job at the desired agency of choice. Finally ensure your spouse and family are going to suppor the decision and keep the better half posted of all your options and choices, then make the decision together. Best of luck and thank you for your service...