>>27803265 >get in shape >join military, preferably combat-related MOS >do well there, do your time, get out >find an agency, preferably a large one with a full time team (lots of applicants these days, and big city teams have more training time and resources) >go through hiring process, graduate academy >meet whatever prerequisites your department has set for SWAT officers (typically you'll need to do a few years on patrol to be eligible, and most smaller departments require military service rather than reccomend it) >attend SWAT tryouts ASAP, pass the PFQ and any other associated tests, complete operator's training course (there are minimum standards set for what must be covered in these, but it varies from one department to another)
And after that, boom. You're a door-kicking, flashbang-tossing, hard assed agent of law and order. Don't go down this career path unless it's something know for sure you want to devote a good portion of your life to
>>27803265 Depending on the department it could be anywhere from a tested or appointed full time position to ad hoc "SWAT Trained" officers & detectives who train once every few months, called out first X to answer the phone. >not an especially large asshole >intelligence not required
>>27803311 >kick down door of suspected hippy growing pot during no-knock raid >shoot everyone inside after point man kills homeowner that responded to his door being kicked in >prevent medical personnel from attempting to save any criminal scum while they gurgle on their own blood because scene isn't secured >find out we raided the wrong house and killed innocent people >actual hippy suspect next door in kimono eating cheerios on front lawn after a 4 hour SpongeBob binge >go to the bar with my buds and drink socially acceptable liquid drug that makes many people act violent and get fat
The military is a higher calling than a rung on the ladder on the way to SWAT. If your only purpose in joining the military is to get some job experience then you are going to fail out and fail hard.
It's a stupid way to live your life too. What happens if you spend 4 years in the military, then 2 years finding a good full time LE job, then three years on the job before you're eligible to even apply for SWAT. Now you're 9 years older than when you started. You've got a stable girlfriend or wife who's terrified that you're not going to come home some night. You've got your first kid and you're terrified that you might not come home some night. At some point, you're going to realize how naive you were nine years ago when you wanted to "become a SWAT".
Military service can be useful, but it has limited application to SWAT. The most important skill of a SWAT team member is the ability to remain calm and think through high pressure situations, followed by a commitment to discipline and professionalism. Those are both great things you can learn in the military, but the military isn't the only place you learn these skills, and the military doesn't help you with the myriad day-to-day skills that SWAT team members require to do their job.
Military training in door kicking and shooting is not a bonus for a SWAT team member. Those are important parts of the job, but they're not hard parts. The military trains plenty of semi-functional high school age idiots to do these things all the time. If you're a good candidate but you don't know how to kick down a door, SWAT will gladly teach you how to do that.
oh wow, i never knew you americans had so much hate and disrespect against your local swat. the swat in israel only takes the best of the best. after few months of training, the local swat team choose their own candidates for the team, and if he is compatible with the mentality of the team his staying. if you fails to join any swat team, they send him to the israel prison service rapid response team.
>kick down a suspect's door and shoot them because they were in the hallway with a gun since they heard people creeping around outside their house >get scared and run away while the "suspect" bleeds to death inside >claim that they fired on you first >release photos of the dead suspect with an AR as proof >accidentally out yourself as a liar because the fire selector is still on safe >find no drugs or other illegal items in the house >drop the investigation entirely
>>27803996 You'd probably dislike your SWAT teams too if they went around booting in doors on flimsy as fuck evidence and killing/wounding innocent people. I've already told the story a hundred times here but this happened to someone I know personally. The local cops booted their door in and trashed their house (while officers held the elderly couple on the ground at gunpoint) because of a case of mistaken identity. Whoopsie. Trashed your house for no reason and traumatized your wife. Sorry about that. Btw we ain't paying for shit so have fun suing the department if you want any of your broken stuff replaced.
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