On Friday, 12 February 2016 members of Wake & District had the great honor to pipe|drum for the 138th Basic North Carolina State Highway Patrol School graduation. Our band has the distinct privilege to rehearse at the NCSHP Training Center. According to the cadets — the skirl of the pipes and war beat of the drums is a much appreciated sound at the end of a long days training.
On behalf of the members of our band – we wish North Carolina’s newest troopers all the best in the days, weeks, months and years ahead of them serving the citizen of the old North State.
Military Veterans Among North Carolina’s Newest Troopers Thanks to Governor’s Hiring Initiative
Ten military veterans are among the newest members of the State Highway Patrol thanks to Governor Pat McCrory’s N.C. Military Pipeline hiring initiative. The Patrol graduated 29 cadets today during a ceremony held at Colonial Baptist Church in Raleigh. The State Highway Patrol attracts veterans to its ranks because of the similar rank structure.
“This is just one example of how veterans can use their military experience to transition into other jobs and remain here in North Carolina,” said Governor McCrory. “North Carolina provides great opportunities for veterans to find good jobs to put those skills and experience to use.”
Governor McCrory launched the N.C. Military Pipeline program in March of 2015 to bring more military veterans into state employment. The initiative is aimed at keeping North Carolina-based service members in the state after they leave the military and recruiting them to work for North Carolina employers.
“Military veterans have a proven record as state troopers and we welcome these efforts to fold more into our ranks,” said Colonel Bill Grey. “For those who have stepped up and served our country, they should be afforded every opportunity to be employed in North Carolina.”
The new troopers took 1,160 hours of training during the 29 week basic school and are currently completing a 12-week field training program. The State Highway Patrol is currently seeking qualified applicants for upcoming basic schools to be conducted this year. For more information relating to the application process, please visit the Department of Public Safety’s website at www.ncdps.gov.
For more information pertaining to the recent graduates, please contact Sergeant Michael Baker at 919-733-5027 or email at Michael.D.Baker@ncdps.gov.
Date: February 12, 2016
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