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jayco302fk

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Posted: 05/05/13 01:48pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I am starting my BLET training tommorow night and it will last til dec 6 . I am a little older than most others in the class but hopefully a little wiser lol. I will have to keep my trips very local due to saturday classes. Any words of wisdom? Thanks

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Congrats and good luck.. Been a sworn officer for 20 years here.. Love the job. Just make sure you study study study. I'm betting you'll be fine.


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Posted: 05/05/13 04:09pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Retired Federal, so not sure how my experiences will help.

But, as far as training /classroom stuff, study hard, don't let yourself fall behind. They only have so much time allotted for any one subject in the classroom, and you have to grasp/understand it within that time frame. Then they must move on to something else.

So don't miss the forest because the trees get in the way.

In my Federal class training when I was first hired, I saw so many that got caught up in one small idea of any particular subject, that they missed the whole general point of that particular subject.

It also may assist if you ask the instructors if there is any outside reading they could suggest that is related to the course material being presented. Mind you, there are probably some things they do not want a plethora of opinions on, but if they suggest some readings, then it is probably stuff that is along the same chain of ideas they are presenting.

Best of luck.


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28½ years sworn and now retired.....Just make an effort, no matter what the task and believe me, a young one will be the first to fall out every time.....When I left Maine and went to Florida, I was required to take a special portion of the academy to get my Florida certification and I was among the oldest. Just try your best and you will make it. Good luck


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I was only 26 when I went through. The oldest person in our class was 59 and the only place he had any trouble (and not much at that) was some of the defensive tactics training. Be sure you stretch well even if you have to start earlier than the rest of the class.

Being wiser than most in your class, be careful you don't overthink some of it. Sometimes, it really is as simple as it appears. Also remember that your communication and interpersonal skills will save your butt much more often than your defensive tactics and firearms skills will. Hone them to the best of your ability.

Above all, go with the flow during the academy. There is the old saying that the nail that sticks out the most will get hammered. You don't want to be that nail.

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jayco302fk wrote:

I am starting my BLET training tommorow night and it will last til dec 6 . I am a little older than most others in the class but hopefully a little wiser lol. I will have to keep my trips very local due to saturday classes. Any words of wisdom? Thanks


Congratulation's ! No real words of wisdom, most academy's are a quasi-military operation, just put up with that and do what they tell you to do, you will get through it with out any problems. The most nerve racking and rewarding part of your training will be the field training program. I say nerve racking mainly because you are no longer in a group environment and your field training officer's focus will be on you.
Understand that you will make mistakes, we all did, the mistakes just become fewer and farther between as you progress through your training. Don't get down on yourself to hard when you screw something up. Anyway have fun, it's a rewarding job and much like the military you are going to experience a comaraderie with your co-workers that many never get to experience.

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Posted: 05/06/13 10:56am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Remember that the academy is not a school. It is your job and the instructors expect you to do your part. Study, be prepared for each class, and listen to what they are saying.


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I'm retired after 28 years and used to teach in the academy. Being a little older will actually work in your favor. Being a little wiser and more mature will make it easier to get through.


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Thanks for all the kind words and support. I am going in about an hour to my first class and am ready { i hope}. its like going the first day of school all over lol. Thanks again and I will update every now and then. BTW this is not my first post just another user name. jayco302fk

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Posted: 05/09/13 09:46pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just how old is a "little older?" I was in a great career making a good salary with benefits when I got let go in one of those early cutting back moves by the company I worked for. I found myself in need of a job and quickly. I applied to my hometown PD when I heard they had a couple of openings. My college degree and my age/experience got me hired. I was a 34 yr "OLD" man in my class at the academy. I never saw so many once a week shavers in one room in my life. My room-mate was 10 yrs younger than me. Fortunately the instructors treated all of us the same and played no favorites. I wish you the best of luck and luck has nothing to do with it. It is up to YOU. Do the best you can every day in every exercise, drill and every exam. If you lay it on the line every minute of every situation, you WILL succeed. There is no substitute for effort. You give the effort and the career will be yours. Good luck. BTW I retired 8yrs ago after 23 yrs on the road.

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