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From Soldier to Civilian State Trooper.

My husband is a Staff Sergeant in the US Army and his ETS date is coming up soon. He is enlisting as a state trooper in Alabama after ETSing. I just wanted to know what the training is like for becoming a state trooper. Is the training any different for a soldier? Does a soldier get more pay as a state trooper because of his past expierences?? Are there any wives of state troopers out there who can tell me what the training is like? What all does he have to do to become a state trooper? Thanks ahead of time!


Asked by Anonymous at 10:02 AM on Oct. 14, 2008 in Money & Work

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Answers (5)
  • I would say that you have nothing to worry about then! Most people (civilians) would have to go through school before trooper training but military expierence counts as schooling...i'm a military wife (Army wife) too! Our husband's are the same rank!

    Answer by AvasMommy810 at 10:39 PM on Oct. 21, 2008

  • Hubby is a cop; considered being a state trooper years ago. There's usually written testing, physical testing, interview(s), psychological evaluation, background check, etc. If he passes each phase, he's placed on a list; at that point, he'll get additional points and may move farther up the list since he has military experience. The "list" typically stays active for 2 years during which time he may be hired and will attend a police academy (usually around 8-12 weeks of training and usually with pay) before he starts his probationary period/training on the streets.

    Depending on how many individuals the state is looking to hire within that 2 year timeframe, he may be hired rather quickly or not at all. The higher you place on the list, the better your chances though it's not a guarantee. Most departments keep a list even if they have no intention of hiring, starting the process over every 2 years. Good luck.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:13 PM on Oct. 14, 2008

  • PS. In our state, you don't get more pay because of your past experience; the only benefit of any military experience is that you earn points for purposes of placement on the hiring list and that you may have an easier time transitioning to the job since you already have similar experience.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:16 PM on Oct. 14, 2008

  • OP husband was guaranteed the job when he enlisted in the military. He will not be wait listed. They consider his military time as the "waist list". He is 100% guaranteed the job as SOON as he passes the exams.


    Answer by Anonymous at 1:59 PM on Oct. 14, 2008

  • Even better!!! Good luck!!!

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:12 PM on Oct. 14, 2008