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 I will complete 5 years military. Four of which as a handler, and then attending Vohne Liche certified training course. I also hold an Associates Degree. Just wondering on how competitive I would be, and if there is any suggestions out there to make me more competitive. Any answers would be helpful. Thanks!

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Get a BS/BA  Degree. Make a career in  the military.My son is a 18 year veteran of the army and seems to do quite well.

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 Nope. I'm getting out of the military. Just curious to how competitive I would be for the said above position. Only info I'm requesting. No advice on military thanks!

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Agencies like prior military applicants however, I have selected non-military over prior military just as I have selected those with only a high school diploma over applicants with a college degree. You will compete with applicants who have a 4 year degree. I wish to pose some questions. Your age? Your rank? Are you pursuing your 4 year degree? Were you ever disciplined in the military? I look forward to your response.

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 I will be an E5 in Marine Corps MP MOS which is not common in only five years. I have been meritoriously promoted twice and am currently pursuing a BA in Homeland Security. I obviously never had discipline issues and will be getting out with an honorable discharge. I will be 32 when I get out. I joined in my late twenties but out do most of my young peers in physical training, as my scores and early promotions should tell. 

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You will be fine.


I do question your concentration for your BS in Homeland Security. As mentioned before, an undergraduate degree is gold in law enforcement. And, the Homeland Security course is fairly new. Your call in whatever you want to do but an HS degree has limited application. Criminal Justice Management is more broad in its application and does provide you something to fall back on if your career is cut short.


 


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 What about just having my associates? With E5 and four years as a handler?

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Hi Zach,welcome to Police Link.With your Associates and military service you're in good position.If you intend to get onto a large city Police Department the city will pay for your continued education,if you wish to pursue it.Many major cities will pay extra in your pay check as well as giving you extra points in any promotional exam.

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We are failing to address a couple of details. While your long range goals and your path both through education and the military are certainly going to give you an advantage, your desired K9 assignment will not come as quickly for you as it did in the military.  K-9 positions are highly sought after and extremely competitive and once attained, it could be a few years before the handler and K9 are cycled out.  But let's stop right there for a minute.


First let's focus on completing the 4 year degree and if possible, add (or change the focus as TheSarge suggested) to the criminal justice major (also called administration of justice by some institutions of higher learning).  It will open up your scope a little bit.


Second, you're not even hired yet.  It's great that you have a vision for your career path but focus on getting hired, passing the academy, completing your FTO training and your probationary (1st year) period.


Focus on those things that will lead you eventually to your K9 assignment.  Additional training - If it's offered, take it.  Assignments - If you really want the one, you will take some of the others that are somewhat less desirable,  Take on the assignments and do them well.


Getting along with your peers, sworn and non-sworn personnel in your department as well as with those that you serve.  Certainly, you're not going to please everyone, especially the PAL (parolee at large) that you are putting back in jail perhaps with additional paper.  And certainly, you will get complaints...... even if you do everything by the numbers.


Do your time - If you are to eventually get a K9 assignment, you will have to put in your time.  This may take years..... simply because of the competitive nature of the assignment.  You may in fact be the most qualified in your department..... It won't matter.  You may see things and know that you might do it differently and yet your suggestions may not always be graciously received despite your previous training and experience.


Your time will come - If it's meant to be and you have done all you can, you're time will come.

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 Bump SkoolCop!


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Although I appreciate all the info on the Police Force, the thread is for TSA handlers. I have no interest in the K9 police force. Thank you all for the detailed info. 


 

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ArgoSemmy says ...



Although I appreciate all the info on the Police Force, the thread is for TSA handlers. I have no interest in the K9 police force. Thank you all for the detailed info. 



FIRST:  I'm sorry...... You did mention TSA and specified "TSA Handler" after stating your qualifications as a "handler" during your service in the military.  Naturally I assumed that by handler, you were referring to a "K9 handler" position.  Can you clarify this for me / us?


SECOND:  If you are indeed looking to be a K9 hander for the TSA citing all of your glorious qualifications and accolades during your military service, can you tell me / us where the advise given is going to apply less to TSA over its local law enforcement counterparts?


THIRD:  You may have been pushed through and received your MOS as stated in rather quick fashion which even you acknowledged was not common in 5 years.


FOURTH:  I can (and especially those who are K9 handlers) assure you that your desired civilian law enforcement experience will likely NOT be the same as your military experience.  While your qualifications as stated are great, in civilian law enforcement, including Federal / Homeland Security which governs TSA, your desired K9 handler position(s) are extremely competitive.


FIFTH:  Now, you still have the very same hurdle that I have already mentioned to overcome.  You're still not even hired yet.  Now maybe someone can enlighten me (not you) but I'm pretty sure that you will not start your TSA career as a K9 handler.  Because of the stated competitive nature of the position, I'm pretty sure that you will have to take your qualifications and stand in line with everyone else who is desirous of the same position(s).  Maybe you get lucky..... and then maybe you won't.  Maybe you get the position in a few short years..... and then maybe you won't.  Maybe you might eventually get it (your coveted K9 handler position) at some distant point in your career..... and then again, maybe you won't.  You still have to get yourself hired before anything else can occur.


SIXTH:  Now finally with all of that laid out..... can you tell me where any of the advice I gave you in my previous response in your TSA thread will not apply to you in your desired TSA career?


A:  You still have to get hired


B:  You still have to be trained


C:  You still have to start at the bottom screening passengers and luggage and calling for the assistance of a dog


D:  You still have to accept and complete additional training that is offered not related to your K9 handler quest


E:  You still have to function in the assigned position(s) *ALL OF THEM* not related to your K9 handler quest


F:  You still have to get along with your TSA co-workers (sworn and non-sworn)


G:  You still have to do your time while trying to limit the amount of complaints you WILL receive to a very bare minimum


H:  You still have to do your time without urinating off your command staff and supervision which could stop your advancement and K9 handler hopes and dreams DRT in its tracks.


I:  You still have to stand in line and apply for the position just like everyone else.....  REGARDLESS your qualifications.


Your qualifications are admirable, your military service exceptional and I / we thank you for it.  But all that may not equate to your obtaining your desired position.  Everything I stated in my original response to your TSA thread still holds true..... local law enforcement, Federal law enforcement or Homeland Security / TSA not withstanding.  There are still a lot of "YOU STILL HAVE TO's" for you to overcome or accomplish.  So, stand in line, take a number and wait along with everyone else who has the same or similar aspirations.

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 That was informative, and very positive. Thank you for you lengthy response.