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  A Day in the Life of a Cadet  

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"It has been said that the Illinois State Police Academy is the best thing that you will never want to experience again. I do not know the author, however, I subscribe wholeheartedly to this theory. The Academy is a defining event in a lifetime. At 90-years-old, you will still remember the experiences, the camaraderie, and the friendships that develop with perfect clarity. The knowledge gained about yourself, as well as about this career, is immeasurable." - Cadet # 4928

Cadets are housed in large open-bay dormitories with approximately 30 bunk-style beds. Each cadet is assigned to a bed and shares a wall locker with another cadet. At 5:30 a.m., cadets are awakened to shower and dress. Breakfast is served at 6:00 a.m. Cadets line up outside the cafeteria and enter the dining area in single formation. Inspection begins at 8:00 a.m. T.A.C. staff inspect the cadets -- and their living quarters -- on a daily basis. Discrepancies in neatness, orderliness, cleanliness or regulation are noted and corrected. Classes begin at 8 a.m. and continue until 5:00 p.m. with breaks every hour and a one-hour break for lunch.
Each day the cadets participate in one hour of physical training. The regimented Physical Training Program is emphasized from the time the cadets report to the Academy. Their daily routine includes running, exercising and weight lifting. Cadets are periodically tested in flexibility, abdominal strength, upper body strength and cardiovascular endurance. Upon graduation, all cadets must meet the minimum standards in each of these categories.
Dinner is typically served between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. After dinner, the cadets have supervised study time unless there is necessity for remedial classes. Only emergency messages are to be received by the cadets. The cadets' day ceases at 10 p.m. with "lights out."
During the week, the cadets spend all of their time at the Academy. The cadet class coordinator will release the cadets for weekend liberty on Friday night at or before 5:00 p.m. They usually report back to the Academy at or before 7:00 p.m. Sunday evening.
The ISP Academy is proud of the national reputation it has earned and is looking forward to carrying this tradition into the 21st century. The Academy will continue to challenge itself -- using the same philosophy as its focus: "How can we do, what we do, even better?"

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