The 17th Motor Carrier Recruit School reached the halfway point this week with a bit of a chill.
As a part of the Water Safety Program, all of the recruits were exposed to an ice-water soak. This training enables the future motor carrier officers to learn how their bodies react to the cold and how to survive a plunge into an in icy body of water.
It’s unknown when they’ll utilize this lesson. But the training given to handle ice-water rescues is invaluable, especially with the state of Michigan being a four-season state and a person never more than six miles away from a body of water.
And the ice-water soak didn’t go unrewarded.
The recruits were given a moment to reflect on how far they have come by trying on their uniforms for the first time at a special fitting. The pride could be seen and felt with each recruit as they tried on their “Class A” uniform.
Nothing in a recruit school is given — it must be earned.
Among other items:
- All the recruits qualified with their Sig Sauer P226 service weapons, with many earning the Distinguished Expert Badge. In week 10, they will move on to tactical shooting and long guns.
- The recruits were given their Water Safety Program final practical, which required them to rescue a distressed swimmer and remove them from the tank.
- The recruits all passed their comprehensive law exam.
The 17th Motor Carrier Recruit School has 22 recruits present and accounted for.
–MC Ofcr. Robert Lechtanski