A Recruit's Life


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Every enlisted member was once a recruit, giving each officer, from trooper to colonel, a shared experience unlike any other. Often compared to a military boot camp, the recruit school environment instills discipline, commitment and excellence. From the residential program to the demanding physical training, every aspect of recruit school is designed to build camaraderie among recruits and provide each individual the foundation for a successful career.

A Recruit's Typical Day

Instructors: Each recruit school has two primary instructors, a commander and assistant commander, usually at the rank of sergeant. Around 10 troopers from across the state, on temporary assignment to the Training Academy, also serve as instructors. Each trooper instructs one primary subject, such as patrols, but will also instruct other subjects as needed.

The MSP Trooper Recruit School takes place at the MSP Training Academy, 7426 North Canal Road, Lansing, Michigan 48913.