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Got the call - FLETC in January (Georgia) - How hard is it?

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  • Got the call - FLETC in January (Georgia) - How hard is it?

    I'm ex military... but I'm now pretty old (turning 34 soon). I'm not too worried about the studying, Ive gotten much better at that with age... but I'm more worried about daily exercise.

    I'm in excellent physical shape, especially for my age. I can run high 7 minute miles, pushups, situps, no problem... I am willing to bet I'll be in the top 10% in my class physically.

    What I'm more worried about is daily exercise. I dont recover as fast now as I did when I was 20... And I need a couple days break between workouts. I can easily run 5 miles at an extremely fast pace... but then I need 2 days for my legs to recover from the beating... I can bust out 500 pushups in a day... but I need a couple of days to recover...

    Am I F*ked here?

    I know when I went through basic training in the military, we ran for like 45 minutes a day.. sometime we ran 2 or 3 times per day... same with pushups... we probably did at least 100-300 per day... When I was 20, no problem, but I'm not sure I can handle that at 34....

  • Ratatatat
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    Wasn't very funny at the time, I can tell you that....

    If I were headed there again (which thank God I am not), I would be praying every night, "Please God. I ask for divine intervention so I don't get assigned a roomie for a long Glynco academy. Many people will be assigned single person rooms. Please put my name on that list. And if I do get saddled with co-habituating a 15x20 foot room with another grown adult for 26 weeks, please match me with someone who doesn't bring issues that will cause great disturbance. Thank you."

  • Langford PR
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    LMAO...… sorry but you described it hilariously

  • Ratatatat
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    One time I arrived for a long academy only to discover I would have a roomie at the Taj and two grown az men would be sharing a space made for one. "I snore", he warned me the first night. He had sleep apnea is what he had and for several hours a night would loudly snort chortle and choke four feet from me. I first tried foamy ear plugs from the gun range but they would fall out. Then I tried cotton balls but they didn't help much. Publix had wax balls but try having wax balls jammed in your ears for eight hours. By the second week, I was on the couch in the reception area with pillow and blanket as the night attendant looked on. By the third week, I was hallucinating from sleep deprivation. Good times.

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  • HCat
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    Originally posted by peterogers View Post
    Anyone who has been down recently can confirm the housing situation? Hearing some strange things about everyone getting doubled up, but I spoke to someone who's down there now and he told me nobody in CITP is.
    All depends on the luck of the draw and where your class is housed. If you're put in the "Taj" buildings you'll likely have a roommate, but they'll be from the same class if you do. These buildings are still gutted on the first floors from the most recent hurricane so occupancy is tight. I see Marshals, CITP, CPB, UPTP, ect over there, so it's not really training program specific. Other dorms may have you share a bathroom, or you might get lucky and have your own room and bathroom.

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  • peterogers
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    Anyone who has been down recently can confirm the housing situation? Hearing some strange things about everyone getting doubled up, but I spoke to someone who's down there now and he told me nobody in CITP is.

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  • m.p.c
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    Depends on the agency, but I wouldn't worry as long as you've stayed in shape and don't eat nothing but soda and Cheetos all day.

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  • HCat
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    You'll absolutely be fine. PT largely depends on what kind of instructor you get.. Some like lifting and weight workouts, others like running and crossfit stuff, but they all have a curriculum to follow and specific things to teach. So it's kind of up in the air, but you won't be doing it every day. At most you'll be doing 2 hour blocks (usually 90 min) on the days you have PT classes. If your Agency is funded, you shouldn't have any delays with your start date here, either. My guess is you'll be in UPTP 1905?

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  • Here2Help930
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    I think you’ll be fine, it’s nothing like basic (from what I’ve heard). I’ve never been to basic but I went to a live-in mock Marine Corps state police academy, and FLETC was like a drunken college binge compared to that.

    I private messaged you if you want more info.

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  • DesertRat707
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    Sounds like a great agency with knowledgeable Admin! J/K.

    Regardless of the Agency DHS or otherwise, you should not be paying for your hotel out of pocket. PERHAPS if you were using a govy travel card temporarily, or if your going to voucher it in the end for remiburstment.

    If your DoD I know admin wise they can be a mess sometimes, but check again. Unless your Brunswick is your duty station, then that's a different matter.

  • J2H
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    Nothing like tooting one's own horn....

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  • Rockriver
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    It's been a long, long time, but my recollection of FLETC was that it was similar to attending one semester of junior college where you wore a janitor's uniform and lived in the dorm. If you had struggled academically in high school, you might find it challenging. As for stress, for those who had been through a military bootcamp, it was a joke, but a few fresh college graduates in my class said it was "the hardest thing they had ever done."

    My experience was all with the U.S. Customs side of FLETC. I recall that the Border Patrol had more of a military bent to it and the Secret Service was heavy on physical fitness training/running alongside limousines. About half of my classmates were prior state and local, and already had a lot of LE knowledge and street sense. I had no LE background, and maybe for that reason I enjoyed the training and found it new and interesting.

    Coming from a military background, you will find much of the same camaraderie and dedication to duty, along with some of the same administrative BS.

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  • Aerohead
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    If you're going to be working for the agency, won't you need housing near them anyway? You can always break an apartment lease if you absolutely have to.

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  • OrdiOrdi
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    Judging by the responses Ive gotten here though... it sounds nothing like military boot camp so I think I'll be just fine... Sounds more like university with some exercising mixed in.

    Now I'm more worried about my start date.

    My agency is funded and I start on January 8th with them for "pre-FLETC"... I start FLETC the 3rd week of Jan. I asked them multiple times about FLETC and the government shutdown... They know nothing... like literally clueless... which is a bit frustrating since my agency doesnt provide housing or anything so I'm basically paying $100+ per night in a hotel until FLETC starts... would be nice to know if it would be delayed because I could probably find a month to month rental or something...

    At least I got the job.

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  • OrdiOrdi
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    Yea any standard fitness test... I can pass easily... Probably top 20 percentile even for the young guys... the problem is now that I'm older is the daily pounding.

    A 5 mile run... no problem, I can pump out a 7:30 pace with ease.... 50 pushups, no problem... 50 sit ups... no problem...

    The problem is... if I have to do it 5 days per week like when I went through bootcamp...

    Again, I'm in fantastic shape... sporting a 6 pack at 34 years old. I can pass even the most strenuous fitness tests for any military or federal agency... its the daily pounding that I cant handle...

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