Just some random thoughts that came to mind. This isn't to deter anyone, but to give a reality check to those who don't fully understand what a trainee goes through. Everyone knows the positives, but I have been thinking of a couple former trainees who didn't expect the negatives and probably hadn't been clued in at Recruiting & Hiring. -You will work on Christmas, Thanksgiving, New Year's Eve, your children's birthdays and your anniversary. -You will work overtime, and your 10 hour shift will turn into 18 hours, meaning you will not be home on time to go to the lake as scheduled. -You will be questioned, challenged and accused. -You will be expected to have encyclopedic knowledge of search and seizure law and policy, and be required to apply it with only seconds to recall and understand it. -You will be marginalized and treated like a rookie who doesn't know how to the job. That is because it's true, and you are. -Your FTO will deliberately do things like let you get halfway across the county in the wrong direction before hinting that you might not get to where you though you were going, or let you get two blocks away, tell you the road is closed and to find another route, or distract you with any number of questions or instructions. These things are done to benefit you and make you more effective, and might save your life some night. -If you don't handle stress well, your FTO will pick up on that and turn up the stress. This is to get you used to it and train you to handle it. The stress of training inside a patrol car is nothing compared to a gunfight or wrestling with a parolee who's twice your size. Suck it up, breathe, think and get better. -You will not get the days and shifts you want until you have a few years on. -You will get written evaluations every day of field training. They will pull no punches and sometimes make you feel like the most incompetent cop who ever came down the pike. Every one of us, including the FTO who wrote the eval, has been there and probably earned just as scathing an eval at some point. You will succeed and go as far as you want to. Just keep reality in mind and understand that the first year of your career will be high stress, little time for having fun outside work and you will be drinking from a fire hose.