January 22, 2014
Week 2 began with 113 recruits returning from weekend furlough. After completing the first week, the recruits now have some understanding of the expectations of the academy staff and the discipline they are required to exhibit during their training to become a Michigan State Police trooper.
At 5:00 a.m., with reveille, the recruits began their day. They then assembled to prepare for physical training. Each morning at exactly 5:30 a.m., the recruits recite in unison, “If You Think You Can…You Will. If You Think You Can’t…You’re Right.” These words are recited everyday and fill the halls of the academy as they have for many years, and will for many more. This is just one of the many traditions that the men and women of the Michigan State Police embrace with honor.
At 7:00 a.m., the recruits reported to breakfast; however, they only had a few minutes to eat as they needed to prepare for daily inspection. At 7:30 a.m., the recruits, along with their dormitory rooms, are closely examined during the inspection process. Next, classroom instruction began at 8:00 a.m. and occupied most of the day.
The recruits were divided up into four squads this week. Each squad was appointed a squad leader who was responsible for getting their fellow recruits to class on time. Classes this week included Motor Vehicle Code, Defensive Tactics, and Report Writing. The recruits also were issued their primary duty weapon and began Firearms training.
The recruits had various duties and responsibilities during the evening. Instruction was provided in Military Drill, recruits met with their mentors, and they took their first written test. Recruits also had their first exposure to the training tank during swim evaluations. Each day ended at 10:00 p.m. with the playing of taps.
At the end of Week 2, 105 recruits were released for weekend furlough.
January 14, 2014
At at 5 a.m., January 6, 2014, with reveille the first week of a 21-week Trooper Recruit School began. The 115 recruits have many challenges before them. They will be challenged academically, physically, and mentally.
The recruits were first welcomed to the Michigan State Police Training Academy by Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue. Sgt. Barry Schrader then instructed them on the recruit school rules and regulations covering personal appearance, daily schedule, duty hours, and rules of conduct. The recruits received introductory instruction in Firearms, Report Writing, Patrols, Defensive Tactics, First Aid, as well as beginning Military Drill. Ms. Lynn Leggett from the Office of Behavioral Science talked with the recruits about stress management and interpersonal skills. Retired Insp. Phil Schertzing gave the recruits a lesson on the 96-year history of the Michigan State Police.
Sgt. David Sosinski and staff put the recruits through the first of three Physical Performance Profile tests and the first of two physical agility tests that they will take before completing the 21-week recruit school. On Friday at 5:30 a.m., the recruits stood at attention on the ramp waiting to enter the gym to experience their first day of physical training. Sergeant Sosinski and the physical training staff will accept nothing less than a 100 percent effort from each recruit.
On Friday evenings, the recruits are released for weekend furlough to return Sunday evening.
The first week ended with 113 recruits present and accounted for.
January 10, 2014
The recruits and their families arrived at the Michigan State Police Training Academy early Sunday afternoon, January 5, 2014. The 115 recruits and their families were invited to a family orientation. They were addressed by speakers, F/Lt. Kevin Rod, Capt. Kari L. Kusmierz, Sgt. Barry Schrader, Dr. Richard Copin, and Chaplain Sheryl Coulter. Final instructions were given by Sgt. Barry Schrader.
The recruits and their families were provided tours of the Training Academy. They left orientation with instructions to report back to the Training Academy steps at 5 p.m. sharp.
Having said their goodbyes to family and friends at 5 p.m. all 115 recruits lined the sidewalk standing at attention in front of the Training Academy. With nervous anxiety and anticipation, the recruits began their journey with the goal of becoming a Michigan State Police trooper.
The recruits were addressed by Sergeant Schrader, the 126th Trooper Recruit School commander, with family and friends watching from a distance. Sergeant Schrader gave the command, “Secure your gear” and they marched into the Training Academy as recruits of the 126th Michigan State Police Trooper Recruit School.
The recruits had many tasks before the day was over. They were measured for uniforms, received physical training gear, mugs, legal/first aid books and other required equipment. They received room keys and were directed to their rooms to dress in their utility uniform, stow their gear and assemble in the north stairwell. As a class, for the first time the recruits marched to the auditorium where they were given further instruction by Sergeant Schrader. The recruits’ night was not yet complete. They returned to their rooms to organize their belongings, equipment and room according to policy under the watchful eyes of the temporary staff. Taps was played at 10 p.m. signaling the end of day one.