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  • Military: when should I apply?

    I am currently active-duty Air Force with 12 months left before separate. I am stationed in Kansas and I'm going to relocate back home to Virginia. When would be an appropriate time for me to start applying for LE job? Thanks!

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    When I ETSd from the Army, I was stationed overseas in Italy. From the time I left the service to the time I was informed I was hired was approximately six months, with an additional two weeks or so before the academy actually started. (Applied in December, advised I was hired end of May and academy began mid June.)

    I'm not sure which agency in Virginia you are applying for, but many agencies have a condensed process for out of state candidates. Rather than do one event (written, physical, poly, etc.), you'll do several in 1 day or over the course of a few days. I highly recommend contacting the agency(ies) you will be applying to and inquiring if they have a similar process. If you're looking for a shorter transition than I had, I think it's worth taking a few days of leave if necessary to ensure your career is ready when you are.
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    • #3
      Thanks! That was the exact answer I was looking for.

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      • #4
        You could start now it's not unusual for the hiring process to last about a year. Just make sure when the time comes to bring it up let them know your EAS date.
        Today's Quote:

        "The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits."
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        • #5
          My department's hiring timeframe is around 12 months. You should start now.
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          • #6
            I concur with "NOW!". It took me almost 11 months to go through the process to get hired.
            I miss you, Dave.
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