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    How long? Resident course, or do you get to go home at the end of the day? Do they do PT?

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    Re: VA DOC Academy

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    How long? Resident course, or do you get to go home at the end of the day? Do they do PT?
    I'm currently going through the VADOC academy. They have 2 academy's now, the Academy for Staff Development [ASD] (near Richmond) and ASD-West in Marion, which is where I am attending. They have rooms on site that you can stay at or you can commute home each day, it's up to you.

    It is currently 6 weeks total (2 weeks of Phase II at an institution, which is not set in stone which institution it will be at, it varies based on how many new hires at any given institution. It could be at your home institution or you may have to travel and/or stay out of town for these 2 weeks, but they will provide transportation and barracks) and 4 weeks of Phase III (at the academy). If you go to Richmond, then I believe all 6 weeks are at the academy. We were told last week that next year, Phase III will go from 4 weeks to 5 weeks and the instructors are also trying to get weapons and defensive tactics extended by 1 more week each, which I think is a good idea but that is still up in the air as to if/when that will happen.

    Yes, we do PT, 2 times a week, various exercises and a 1 mile timed run, except for weapons week which only has one PT session. It's not too awful hard to do but you should be in somewhat decent shape or you will struggle. We have a pretty large class and we haven't had anyone drop out yet due to PT......but it's been close!

    Everything is Pass/Fail, even the written exams. It doesn't matter if you miss one question or ten, you fail. But you do get three chances to pass. It sounds tough but once you learn how the tests operate, it's actually pretty easy to study. Basically you read the objectives and it will tell you what areas to study for the exams.

    Good luck!

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    Re: VA DOC Academy

    i applied around last week for two difefrent prisons in Virginia using the Virginia Department of Corrections website. any info on how long it takes to be contacted for an interview after the application??

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    Re: VA DOC Academy

    Quote Originally Posted by micgomes View Post
    i applied around last week for two difefrent prisons in Virginia using the Virginia Department of Corrections website. any info on how long it takes to be contacted for an interview after the application??
    I think that it varies by the institution but I was contacted within about 2-3 weeks for an interview and agility test and was offered the job about 1 week later so it was about 1 month from the time I submitted an app 'til I got the offer.

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    Re: VA DOC Academy

    with the economy not currently going through its best moment right now is the VA DOC hiring less correction officers as in the past??

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    Re: VA DOC Academy

    Quote Originally Posted by micgomes View Post
    with the economy not currently going through its best moment right now is the VA DOC hiring less correction officers as in the past??
    I couldn't answer that one for you, I really don't know. From what I've seen though, they are hiring quite a bit, especially in the southwestern part of Virginia.The DOC is losing quite a few officers in this area to the federal prison in Lee County and also the new federal prison that will soon be opening in McDowell Co. WV.......with the Feds starting out around $42k/yr, I really can't blame them for going.

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    Re: VA DOC Academy

    feds are the only way 2 go.. i wish i had started along time ago.. i worked in va doc for 4 years.. 4 years way to long....

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    ^^^ AGREED unless of course you know sombody, because its the only way you will ever make it, VADOC "Its not what you know but who you know"
    "While on post one day an inmate jumped the fence, the corrections officer pulled up his rifle and fired. When the reporter asked the officer what did he feel when he did what he had to the officer replied...recoil"

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    Re: VA DOC Academy

    WHAT prisions are always hiring ?????

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    Duty is the most sublime word in our language. Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more. You should never wish to do less.
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