HARRISBURG — State police Commissioner Frank Noonan said Wednesday that cadet eligibility requirements are changing to entice active-duty military members and veterans to enlist in the state police.
“This is very good for Pennsylvania and our veterans as it allows the men and women who have served this country to find employment after leaving the military and adds a valuable resource to the Pennsylvania State Police,” said Gov. Tom Corbett.
Noonan said many candidates who come out of the military have been excluded because they do not meet current college eligibility requirements.
Changes in eligibility requirements take affect immediately, Noonan said.
Cadet applicants must:
• Possess a valid driver’s license from any state upon appointment as a state police cadet.
• Be a resident of Pennsylvania and possess a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license at time of graduation.
• Be at least 20 years old on the date the application is completed.
• Be at least 21 years of age and cannot have reached their 40th birthday on the date of appointment as a state police cadet.
• Possess a high school diploma or GED certificate, plus an associate’s degree or 60 semester credit hours of higher education at the time of application with exceptions that are:
• 60 semester credit hours waived for those applicants with four full-years of law enforcement experience or with at least four full-years of active military duty with honorable discharge.
Starting salary for a trooper is $54,497.