I've been lurking a while, so I thought I'd introduce myself. This September I'll be entering an open enrollment academy here in Ohio. I know, I know, I'm crazy for entering the LE field in this economy. But my current area of expertise isn't much better. I'm 29 years old and I have a Bachelors of Science in Education from Ohio University. My concentration is in Secondary Social Studies and I have a minor in Political Science. The past 6 years I've sent out 20-30 resumes, called numerous principals harassed secretaries, etc. and I've had 3 interviews. From what information I've been able to gather, there are about 200 applicants for each Social Studies position posted. That's a tough market. Out of state jobs aren't much better. So, the time has come for more education. I've had strong interest in Law Enforcement since I took a Criminal Procedure class in college. And in the past few years I've made friends with several LEOs. I've done a few ride a longs. So in discussing my education with my wife, and doing some serious praying I've decided to enter the academy. After I graduate and pass the exam I will be joining the county sheriff's office as a reserve. This county is so poor that there are days when no one is on duty. My land lord is a UC reserve officer and I've talked to him in depth about it. So I figure until I can land a job on a dept. I can gain experience this way and get an advantage over other new grads. But as a reserve officer i have to buy all my own gear. (anyone want to buy a Rock Island Compact 1911?) All I really need right now is a belt, holster, mag holster, firearm, magazines and a pair of boots. I will be purchasing a G 22 LE from Vances. I'll probably buy a pair of Rocky boots from the outlet store. That just leaves belt, holster and mag carrier. Those things I'll probably have to wait and see what the academy requires. I really have no clue about those items either. There is a lot to consider that I'm just not aware of yet. I'm really excited. I've been working on getting back in shape all summer. I'm looking forward to learning how to protect and serve! (write reports..) Wanna kill these ads? We can help!