Amarillo, TX - The Department of Public Safety is looking for several potential Troopers to fill vacancies around the area to keep up with daily activity.
If you want to become a DPS Trooper, there's a lot of intense obstacles you have to go through, from emotional, to physical and mental.
First, you can fill out an application online...simple enough. You have to be 21-years of age, have your GED and about 60 hours worth of college credits.
Next, it's time to weigh in. Once your weight and age are calculated, get ready to sweat.
A physical readiness test will be administered where you can either run 1.5 miles and do 36 push-ups and 54 crunches in about 15 minutes, or you can get on a machine and row 2,000 meters in a specific amount of time based on your weight.
If you pass this test, you'll move on to take two exams, a reading comprehension and a math comprehension. If you don't pass the physical test, you'll be given a couple weeks to try again before moving forward. However, you only get three strikes until you're out.
"You know, and they've got to be pretty smart too," Trooper Chris Ray of DPS, said. "Because our job does involve a lot of scientific methods, some math report writing. So we want you to be intelligent."
The math and reading tests only allow 45 minutes each to be completed, and Troopers warn they aren't easy.
There are practice tests you can find online, that way you don't come into the test not knowing what to study or expect. If you don't make at least an 80 percent, you fail and will have to try again at another time.
Although the tests are considered hard, there's so much more that comes after this initial stage.
A polygraph test, and intensive military like training in Austin follow, and that's only for those fit to make it that far. It may seem tough, but you're encouraged not to give up.
"The biggest reason people don't stick around is they're always looking to better themselves," Trooper Ray, said. "They're always looking for more money, less hours, and we understand that but our job is so rewarding. Until you've been in our profession, you know we may not make the most money but by far we have the most rewarding job around."
These men and women put their lives in jeopardy every single day. Trooper Ray said although there are many things to get done in the day, their main job is to make it home to their families
Family is extremely important to the State troopers, and they make sure each employee has the time to spend with the ones they love.