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    TDCJ Training Academy

    Well I am now in my fourth week of training in the TDCJ Academy. I had plans of posting day by day of what we did while in training but as I have been buisy with the training and raising kids that did not happen so I will try to catch everyone up to this point.
    Day1: PAT Test
    We were told to park in an adjacent parking lot from the Gurney unit entrance where we meet our Sergeant and memeber of HR at that time they asked for ID and Social Security Card. Basically making sure everyone was legit before that PAT started.
    We then relocated our vehicles to the BETO Unit where we lined up and the Sergeant was very stern with us on what we could and could not bring into the unit and what to expect going through shake down for the first time. We then entered the unit and went into the classroom where it was explained what the PAT consisted of then moved into the GYM. We then were lead through some very basic stretches. At this time we lined up 10 at a time and ran the 1/4 mile run. After this we had a few minutes to get a drink of water and quick rest. We then completed the 45 lb weight carry and the ladder climb with breaks in between each event. After the stages were complete a Sergeant would give you your total score and the number of points needed to make your total of 75 point system to pass the test. Last we finished up the squats and completed the PAT. All of the class passed the PAT.

    Day 1 & 2
    The first 2 days of the academy was spent doing HR paperwork and a small amount of study on the book that was handed out.

    Week 2
    Had different Sergeants, Major and Captain teach different chapters and topics throughout week 2. Started learning about the history of tdcj and several other topics. We had PT and DT almost every day as well as class room time. Ate in the ODR everyday. That was quite an experience in it self. I would like to say that the Sergeants we have in the training are some very squared away individuals that are patienant about what they do and they do there job very well. It is nice to see someone who does there job well and care. There is a test given each friday covering the topics studied that week. As with any test if you study, you will do fine.

    Week 3
    Week 3 was much of the same, PT, DT and classroom study time. One highlight of week 3 was studying the OC spray and other gas that is used within the agency. Later that after noon we went to the range where we were going to experience the gas first hand. Then the whole class lined up and drew down on the target and sprayed the OC at the same time into the wind. Well you know what happended next, alot of hacking, caughing spitting and moaning and groaning. After a brief recovery we watched the Sergeant throw several different gas grenades and canisters to witness the different type of canisters. After this we lined up 10 in a group, inter locked arms and they gassed us for a brief moment and then had to walk through the gas. I think everyone there was affected differently by the gas from little to no affect to very extreme conditions.
    Once we all went through this and recovered we were able to shoot the 37 mm gas gun. Some of the class got some with the powder depending on where they were standing in line.

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    Re: TDCJ Training Academy

    So the Tennessee Colony units have their own pre-service academy?
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    Yes they do.

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    Man, TDCJ is growing!!

    Keep us informed. Keep me informed anyway. I can retire from the feds in a year. I've always liked East Texas.
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    Re: TDCJ Training Academy

    Is this the same academy that parole officers go through?

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    Re: TDCJ Training Academy

    im goign to the acdemy on nov 15, what happens if you fail any exam that thety give you

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    Re: TDCJ Training Academy

    Quote Originally Posted by biggunns View Post
    Well I am now in my fourth week of training in the TDCJ Academy. I had plans of posting day by day of what we did while in training but as I have been buisy with the training and raising kids that did not happen so I will try to catch everyone up to this point.
    Day1: PAT Test
    We were told to park in an adjacent parking lot from the Gurney unit entrance where we meet our Sergeant and memeber of HR at that time they asked for ID and Social Security Card. Basically making sure everyone was legit before that PAT started.
    We then relocated our vehicles to the BETO Unit where we lined up and the Sergeant was very stern with us on what we could and could not bring into the unit and what to expect going through shake down for the first time. We then entered the unit and went into the classroom where it was explained what the PAT consisted of then moved into the GYM. We then were lead through some very basic stretches. At this time we lined up 10 at a time and ran the 1/4 mile run. After this we had a few minutes to get a drink of water and quick rest. We then completed the 45 lb weight carry and the ladder climb with breaks in between each event. After the stages were complete a Sergeant would give you your total score and the number of points needed to make your total of 75 point system to pass the test. Last we finished up the squats and completed the PAT. All of the class passed the PAT.

    Day 1 & 2
    The first 2 days of the academy was spent doing HR paperwork and a small amount of study on the book that was handed out.

    Week 2
    Had different Sergeants, Major and Captain teach different chapters and topics throughout week 2. Started learning about the history of tdcj and several other topics. We had PT and DT almost every day as well as class room time. Ate in the ODR everyday. That was quite an experience in it self. I would like to say that the Sergeants we have in the training are some very squared away individuals that are patienant about what they do and they do there job very well. It is nice to see someone who does there job well and care. There is a test given each friday covering the topics studied that week. As with any test if you study, you will do fine.

    Week 3
    Week 3 was much of the same, PT, DT and classroom study time. One highlight of week 3 was studying the OC spray and other gas that is used within the agency. Later that after noon we went to the range where we were going to experience the gas first hand. Then the whole class lined up and drew down on the target and sprayed the OC at the same time into the wind. Well you know what happended next, alot of hacking, caughing spitting and moaning and groaning. After a brief recovery we watched the Sergeant throw several different gas grenades and canisters to witness the different type of canisters. After this we lined up 10 in a group, inter locked arms and they gassed us for a brief moment and then had to walk through the gas. I think everyone there was affected differently by the gas from little to no affect to very extreme conditions.
    Once we all went through this and recovered we were able to shoot the 37 mm gas gun. Some of the class got some with the powder depending on where they were standing in line.
    what happened on the fourth and fifth weeks of academy training?

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    Re: TDCJ Training Academy

    what happened on the fourth and fifth weeks of academy training?

 

 

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