Hi, I'm Ethan and I'm 16 years old. I'm currently a Junior in High School, and have been getting interested in joining the Kentucky National Guard. My future plans as far as careers go is to become a police officer. Mainly local, however in due time I would like to eventually become a State Trooper. I'm graduating at 17, and am having a hard time deciding on what to do. My mother is a single parent raising my brother and I, as well as me having a $24,000 scholarship to EKU where I plan on receiving a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice. Basically, I'm thinking of joining at 17 with parental consent. I would like to be in the National Guard, but be able to do college at the same time. How would I go about doing this? I just plan on getting my Bachelor's which will take four years. Once I get finished with my Bachelor's and apply to police departments in my area, how will I balance out my police job and national guard one? And since I would have to do the two weeks of training in the summer, what would happen to my civilian job? Would my superiors at the police department allow me to go on leave? What MOS should I choose for law enforcement? People say MP would be good, but I've read on the forums that police departments don't really like hiring MPs because of how it's completely different from civilian LE and how they would have to change how they operate. If I'm wanting to go to school for four years while being in the NG, does it pay for my tuition and all of that? Looking forward to your responses!
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