It is no small deal to go through the process of becoming a state trooper. Back in the Fall of 2012 he sent in his original application and letter of intent. Then he waited.
In late September then, he was scheduled to appear for an oral exam and interview. After a rigorous face to face scenario test before two examiners, he went home, and waited. Again, no scores were given.
Late last week, he received an official email listing his rankings for both the written and the oral exams. His scores placed him in the top 20% of all applicants. Would that rank be enough to make him eligible for a position? He waited again. And prayed.
Finally, the other day he received THE PACKET. This large white packet of papers and booklets came from the Pennsylvania State Police headquarters, and was addressed to Mr. Caleb B. Thomas.
It began this way:
A conditional offer of employment is being extended to you for the position of Pennsylvania State Police Cadet.
In order to receive a bona fide offer of employment, you must successfully complete the remaining cadet selection procedures.... (etc.)
Of course there are still other tests and background checks and a comprehensive physical fitness test that he must pass before he is offered a spot at the Academy. As of now, though, happily for him, things are still moving forward in that direction. His next round of testing will be November 6th.
|Getting physically fit for the test.|
To Lindsay, next time you drive up over a large paint can and get stuck on it, perhaps it will be trooper Caleb coming to your rescue.
And to Sarah, next time you have a run-in with a deer up on Route 80 and get thrown off the road into a ditch, call your trooper brother to come sort things out.
Caleb is beyond excited and happy to receive THE PACKET, and to move forward in the direction of his dreams.
There's just one small problem:
Sheila will miss him when he's away those 26 long weeks at the Academy.