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Discussion in 'Cop Talk' started by KiloBravo, Oct 14, 2011.


  1. KiloBravo

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    It is fun, but I think it is more stressful than any other part of the hiring process! haha

    It is quite a bit of money to front for all of the required gear, but I feel it is a very small investment for my dream career for the next 30 years. I will more than make back everything that I have to spend with my first paycheck. Thank goodness that I had some of the items already, so that is saving me a few bucks. I am also very happy that the really expensive stuff like duty leather, firearm, vest, etc. are all provided to me when I get there.

    My shopping list is getting smaller though! Just a few items left to go. :supergrin:
     

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  2. Patchman

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    At your stay-away-academy, you don't plan on wearing thongs or going "commando," do you?

    Wife-beater T-shirts would be nice.

    You guys don't get an annual uniform/equipment $allowance$?
     

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  3. Trigger Finger

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    What academy are you talking about?
     
  4. KiloBravo

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    The only "thongs" that I will be taking along are shower flip flops! :tongueout: I am also taking the required white crew neck pocketless t-shirts, and not wife beaters.

    Troopers get an annual uniform allowance. Pee-on Cadets just starting out in the academy are required to buy a specific list of gear to take with them for their stay during training. :embarassed:
     
  5. KiloBravo

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  6. msu_grad_121

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    So...you're going thru their academy, on their dime, with them paying you, but you have to buy all your own equipment to do so? Sounds kinda bass-ackwards, but what do I know? Good luck either way, keep your nose clean!
     
  7. KiloBravo

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    You have it right. No complaints what so every from me though. I am happy to have been selected. They are providing the expensive stuff though, so I am very happy about that. :cool:
     
  8. Bushido5150

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    At least you don't have to pay for the academy, the gear, all the tests, etc...

    I'm getting to drop a big chunk of change on recert in a month.

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  9. KiloBravo

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    That is true. I feel very fortunate to have as much provided as I already have. I am not complaining one bit.
     
  10. msu_grad_121

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    Yeah, same boat here. Gotta love the MI job market and the fact that MCOLES only gives you a year to find a job when most hiring processes can take 6 to 9 months easily.
     
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    Best Wishes on the First Day of the rest of your life. May it be long and be exactly what you wanted. I should have gone FT years ago in lieu of getting stranded in private industry and just going Aux./Reserve. I enjoy every hour I get to put in.
     
  12. KiloBravo

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    Thank you for what you do! :wavey:

    The reserves and part time guys put just as much on the line every shift as the full timers do.
     
  13. Patchman

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    We get our allowance check in December. My academy was July to end of January, and IIRC, we got our allowance checks that December, while still in the academy.
     
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    That might be how it works out for us too. I just don't know it yet. I guess I shall see soon enough. :cool:
     
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    WOW...Brings back memories....A powder blue shirt, navy blue pants, black shoes, a blue tie and a 1960's era black "school bag" to lug all of my required text back and forth from home...:rofl:...Mine was from January to July and had to wait until December to get the allowance $$$$$...
     
  16. Patchman

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    Ajon, was this when the allowance was still being paid out in a separate check?

    If it was, I'm just going to assume you told your wife all about the allowance money. :supergrin:
     
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    I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT......:whistling::whistling:...Yes, it was a separate check until, IIRC, the late 80's when THEY decided to include it in your regular pay and it was taxed to the hilt....:steamed:...It was all down hill from there.....
     
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    I thought you were working?
     
  19. msu_grad_121

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    Not yet. I'm on a bunch of lists, and had an offer, but that got recinded with the quickness. I'm in the running for a job out of state which doesn't look bad, but no real job so far.

    I still crack up when I talk to people about the academy and they complain about the cost, and all I can think is, "just wait til they hit you with uniforms, vehicle rental fees, weapon rental fees, make you pay for your own tests, etc." :whistling:
     
  20. KiloBravo

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    Guys...I did not mean for my original post to come off as a complaint. If some folks took it that way, I apologize. I am super fortunate to have received this offer, and blessed to have as much paid for as I do.