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    I've made it through 3 days of hell so far in my academy and I feel like I'm starting to crack. Every muscle in my body is sore, my brain literally feels like it's swelling, and I'm overly sensitive with everyone I come into contact with, namely my wife who I find myself yelling at every 2 seconds. It's all for stupid reasons such as not moving fast enough, or saying/doing something dumb that I would normally laugh about. I have zero time for anything due to the various essays, "special reports" for not complying with certain rules in the recruit handbook, and now the whopper is re-writing the entire rule book by hand and it's due Monday morning which I'm sure will be ripped up in our faces anyway. I think the biggest problem overall is the lack of sleep. I've averaged 2.5-3 hours every night so far and it's turning me into a miserable bastard.

    The question is, as the academy goes on, do you have any more time at all for sleep at the very least? I don't go out and drink or have some huge social life so I could care less about that, but I have to sleep for christ sakes. To me this is the biggest part as I nearly drove off the road driving in the other morning due to the lack of sleep.

    I suppose your responses could go a number of different ways, but at the very least I just needed to vent and I'm hoping for some positive words as opposed to calling me a bitch and telling me to suck it up. I'm committed to this, but it just seems way over the top to me at this point. Any insight would be greatly appreciated.

  • #2
    See it for what it is, a mind game. They load you, then overload you and then they know what you are made of. There is no right answer in the academy, it is one big exercise in critical thinking and reasoning. There will be days that are really hard and some that are not so hard with a few that are easier. You are either moving too slow, moving too fast, over thinking the topic or not getting it.

    Do not yell at your wife; appreciate any downtime you get and look for the light at the end of the tunnel.

    “This life’s hard, but it’s harder if you’re stupid.”

    George V. Higgins--The Friends of Eddie Coyle

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    • #3
      My academy was 8 mos. After a few weeks you get into a routine. Make up for lost sleep on the weekend.
      "No one can make you feel like a turd without your permission." - Eleanor Roosevelt.

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      • #4
        You are making my academy look like a great time. We didn't have that sleep deprivation thing. Mostly I just made friends and we all complained about Academy to each other.

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        • #5
          You still have time to come and post so it can't be that bad. One thing that helped me is the knowledge that every cop in the State has gone through some form of what you're going through. Some easier, some harder, but everyone has to do it. Things might get worse before they get better, but it does get better.

          As you get more squared away and learn what is expected of you, you'll make less mistakes and get less memos and get smoked less by your instructors. Don't take it personally, that's the worst thing to do. You might find that all those special essays: "On January 17th, 2013, at approximately 0830 hours, at my academy, I was assigned a special essay by blah blah......"

          Will be exactly how you start your reports when you get to report writing. And then bango, you'll see that your instructors were actually teaching you, while you thought they were punishing you - Things like dicipline, focus, attention to detail and report writing. At that point you hopefully will have an "ah ha!" moment, and then you'll be onboard for whatever they ask of you.

          I was up until 3am once writing a memo. It was 25 hand written pages on the importance of a properly pressed collar. I didn't finish it, and the next day I got a 5 page memo on the importance of completing paper work, along with having to finish the 25 pager. I feel your pain.

          Just don't quit.
          Last edited by X1X1X1; 01-19-2013, 04:57 PM.

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          • #6
            Look on the bright side, at least you get to even go home at all. I didn't see my wife for 5 months.

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            • #7
              we were locked up with no phones, no computer, couldn't even leave the academy grounds, no radio or newspaper....it sucks, but if you want it bad enough you will do it. If it's not what you want, don't do it. I dont want my back up officer to be somebody that doesn't have what it takes to make it through mock situations in the not real world.
              We don't "LOL" here. This isn't facebook or some text message between BFF's who are all OMG WTFJH and DYST? We type and speak as adults. Fix yourself.

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              • #8
                Look one the bright side at least you didn't join the military because I heard that training is really tough!
                The Few, The Proud, The Marines...

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by VR6OhMy View Post
                  I've made it through 3 days of hell so far in my academy and I feel like I'm starting to crack. Every muscle in my body is sore, my brain literally feels like it's swelling, and I'm overly sensitive with everyone I come into contact with, namely my wife who I find myself yelling at every 2 seconds. It's all for stupid reasons such as not moving fast enough, or saying/doing something dumb that I would normally laugh about. I have zero time for anything due to the various essays, "special reports" for not complying with certain rules in the recruit handbook, and now the whopper is re-writing the entire rule book by hand and it's due Monday morning which I'm sure will be ripped up in our faces anyway. I think the biggest problem overall is the lack of sleep. I've averaged 2.5-3 hours every night so far and it's turning me into a miserable bastard.

                  The question is, as the academy goes on, do you have any more time at all for sleep at the very least? I don't go out and drink or have some huge social life so I could care less about that, but I have to sleep for christ sakes. To me this is the biggest part as I nearly drove off the road driving in the other morning due to the lack of sleep.

                  I suppose your responses could go a number of different ways, but at the very least I just needed to vent and I'm hoping for some positive words as opposed to calling me a bitch and telling me to suck it up. I'm committed to this, but it just seems way over the top to me at this point. Any insight would be greatly appreciated.
                  I had to take a minute because I was ROFLMAO. That is to take nothing from you officer VR6. Really, these are from the great memories from dropping and giving 50, when all I had in me was 20. Then when you've got the instructor in your face barking and you're trying to keep from laughing; because you just did 50.
                  As far as your wife is concerned, you have to take a breath and give her a kiss on the cheek. No one who hasn't been through this will never understand. So that why when you see a fellow officer in uniform (from any jurisdiction), you just smile. We've all been through it.

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                  • #10
                    Thanks for the words gentlemen. The fact that all of you have gone through it, and there are 36 other men and women going through it with me provides some sense of solace through it all. For the people who have done an entire academy on campus without any outside interaction, I give you all the credit in the world because I know my limitations and that would break me.

                    I know I can do this and I know all of the things that appear to be bull**** are there for a reason. A reason that could potentially save my life, it's just very demoralizing to put 14+ hours into rewriting a manual when you know it will be ripped up in your face before even writing it. If I think about that aspect of it, the lesson I draw from that is the cards might not always fall my way and that there will be things that I work really hard on that some scumbag will come and ruin but I still have to press on. The issue I have is I'm 30 years old and have known this for a very long time as should anyone with even the smallest of life experience. It's just a very bitter pill to swallow as I know you all understand.

                    Even though I don't have the time, I had to take the time to post because it made me feel better hearing your stories of times passed. It really does help.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by VR6OhMy View Post
                      Thanks for the words gentlemen. The fact that all of you have gone through it, and there are 36 other men and women going through it with me provides some sense of solace through it all. For the people who have done an entire academy on campus without any outside interaction, I give you all the credit in the world because I know my limitations and that would break me.

                      I know I can do this and I know all of the things that appear to be bull**** are there for a reason. A reason that could potentially save my life, it's just very demoralizing to put 14+ hours into rewriting a manual when you know it will be ripped up in your face before even writing it. If I think about that aspect of it, the lesson I draw from that is the cards might not always fall my way and that there will be things that I work really hard on that some scumbag will come and ruin but I still have to press on. The issue I have is I'm 30 years old and have known this for a very long time as should anyone with even the smallest of life experience. It's just a very bitter pill to swallow as I know you all understand.

                      Even though I don't have the time, I had to take the time to post because it made me feel better hearing your stories of times passed. It really does help.
                      That was the trick for me. That though got me through Parris Island way back when I joined the Marines and got me through the academy to become an LEO. Always remember that, although things might reeeeeally suck for you at any given moment, thousands upon thousands of people have gone before you and made it. If they could make it, you can make it.

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                      • #12
                        I am just weird. I had fun in boot camp, and had a blast in the academy too.

                        My academy was M-F, 1700-2200 though, with weekends at the range and driving. Not a live in. Myself and another (a Gunnery Sergeant in the Marine Corps that I worked with) were active duty, we had a retired Master Chief, a retired First Class Petty Officer, and two other prior Marines. We were loving it. The instructors didnt even bother trying the mind games with us (the head PT/DT instructor was a prior Marine Gunny as well). Hell, I think every instructor we had except about 3 was either prior or retired .mil. That being said, we helped the other, non mil, recruits realize that it was survivable, and our class was pretty good to go. Only lost one on hell day, and one a couple of weeks later because he got a better job offer.

                        Pain is temporary, pride is forever. Dont give up.

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                        • #13
                          US Army Basic Training: 2 weeks at reception, 9 weeks in BCT
                          US Army AIT: 7 weeks
                          FLETC UPTP: 12 weeks
                          Local Academy: 12 weeks

                          These things are hard, but they can be done. I am not bragging because I know many of our brothers and sisters in blue have done harder training. But it can be done. You CAN do it! Remember the sweet in training is meant to save your life!
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                          • #14
                            Just remember that their job during the first part of the academy is to make you want to quit.

                            It gets easier. Eventually.

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                            • #15
                              Well think of it this way, at least you get to go home at night. I spent 6 months in Artesia, NM away from my family. I was never in the military, so all of the ridiculous crap didn't make sense to me. Marching practice, inspections, boot shining, and the chanting, and writing memos for stuff that you don't even know if you did something wrong.

                              I remember we were doing push ups and the PT instructor realized that one of my classmates was skipping reps. Big mistake, he made the entire class do push ups until we literally couldn't any more. Also we had 4 people in my class get rhabdo, and 2 got heat exhaustion, so then we had to do hydration drills. Try running 3 miles after drinking a half gallon of water. Needless to say that we worked out until people were literally puking.
                              Last edited by Albert Wesker; 01-21-2013, 08:16 PM.
                              Natural selection leaves the survivors stronger and better! Humans have escaped this winnowing for far too long!

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