Missouri State Highway Patrol now accepting applications to become a soldier
The Missouri State Highway Patrol is currently testing new soldiers. The patrol encourages qualified individuals from all walks of life to apply and will offer testing at nine different locations across Missouri. Those who pass the tests will be eligible to continue the selection process for the 117th class of recruits, whose training is scheduled to start on January 3, 2023. The application deadline is June 24, 2022.
To be eligible, applicants must have a high school diploma or GED equivalent and be 21 years of age after graduating from Patrol’s Law Enforcement Academy. After graduating from Patrol’s Academy, members of the 117th Recruit Class are eligible to receive 46 hours of college credit from Mineral Area College in Park Hills, MO, for courses they take while in training.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol updated its uniform guidelines to allow soldiers to have tattoos or markings as long as they meet two requirements: 1) The tattoos or markings cannot represent or support criminal behavior, drug use, nudity, blasphemy, promiscuity, subversive groups. , fanaticism, etc. 2) Tattoos/marks cannot be located on the head, neck, hands, wrists or any part of the body that would be visible when moving in the line of duty while wearing an official uniform. Soldiers with arm tattoos that would be visible in Class B (short sleeve) uniform will wear Class A (long sleeve) uniform.
A soldier’s starting annual salary is $53,328, and after three years of service, the soldier’s first-class salary is increased to $56,208. Other benefits include group health insurance, contributory pension, career advancement, etc.
The selection process is a multi-phased testing procedure, including a written examination, an assessment of physical fitness for duty, a polygraph examination, a background investigation and an oral interview panel. Written and physical exams are held in every troop area across the state. After a conditional job offer, the candidate must pass a medical examination (including vision and hearing), a psychological examination, a psychological interview, a drug test and a final examination of the candidate.
Interested persons can learn more about qualifications by contacting a patrol recruiter at 1-800-796-7000, or can apply online at the Missouri State Highway Patrol website.