Minimum Requirements for Cadets

    Age: A cadet must turn 21 years prior to commission. The Ohio Revised Code 5503.02 stipulates that applicants must enter academy training prior to their 35th birthday. There are no exceptions or waiver.

    Education: High school diploma or GED.

    Driver’s License: Must have a valid operator’s license. Must obtain an Ohio driver’s license prior to commission. Six or more points on your license is a disqualifier.

    Citizenship: Must be a citizen of the United States.

    Residency: Must become a resident of the State of Ohio prior to commission (graduation from the academy).

    Vision: You must have uncorrected vision no worse than 20/100 in each eye separately, correctable to 20/20 monocular vision. Color vision must be normal.

    Hearing: Hearing level shall not exceed 30 decibels of loss at any of the following frequencies: 500 Hz, 1000 Hz, 2000 Hz, & 3000 Hz in each ear.

    Character: Applicant must be of good moral character.

    Application Process: Successfully complete every step of the application process.

    Training: Attend 24-26 weeks of paramilitary training academy located in Columbus, Ohio.

    Physical Fitness Assessment

    The Physical Fitness assessment consists of the following:

    Push-ups: Designed to measure upper body muscular endurance and absolute strength. The applicant must complete at least the minimum amount required of properly executed push-ups in one minute.

    Push-up technique: A partner will hold a four (4) inch measuring device directly beneath the applicant’s sternum. The device will be held stationary. The applicant will start with his/her hands placed approximately shoulders width apart on the floor and elbows fully extended. The back and remainder of the body should be kept straight at all times. From this full extension, known as the “up” position, the applicant will lower the body toward the floor until the sternum touches the device. The applicant then returns to the fully extended “up” position. This completes one repetition. You may rest in the “up” position only.

    Sit-ups: Designed to measure abdominal muscular endurance. The applicant must complete at least the minimum amount required of properly executed sit-ups in one minute.

    Sit-up technique: Begin by sitting in the “up” position with your arms crossed over your chest, elbows touching your knees. Keeping your knees slightly bent. Lower your upper body until your shoulder blades touch the floor. You will then raise your upper body off the floor by flexing your abdominal muscles. Touch your elbows to your knees and repeat. During the assessment, someone will be counting and holding your feet for you. You may rest in the “up” position only.

    1.5 mile run: Designed to measure cardiovascular capacity. The run will be completed either on an indoor or outdoor track or other suitable running area measured to 1.5 miles.

    Below are the minimum fitness standards. Time allowed is based on Institute for Aerobics Research’s twentieth (20%) percentile, based on age and gender.



    1.5 mile run

    Push-Ups/1 minute

    Sit-Ups/1 minute

    Body fat












    1.5 mile run

    Push-Ups/1 minute

    Sit-Ups/1 minute

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    Possible Disqualifiers

    The following occurrences in your background could result in rejection of your application:

    1. Have you, recently used any of the following that was not prescribed by a physician: speed, steroids, cocaine, crack, heroin, amphetamines, or any other drug of abuse?

    2. Have you recently used marijuana?

    3. Have you ever sold or established pattern abuse of any of the following: heroin, cocaine, LSD, crack, crank, or PCP?

    4. Have you pled Guilty or No Contest to or had a conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol and or drugs within the past five years, or more than one charge ever?

    5. Are you currently in the Pretrial process for any criminal charge other than a traffic violation?

    6. Do you currently have six or more points on your driving record in any jurisdiction, or are you under a curent driving suspension? (i.e. judgement, SR22, FRA, non-compliance ALS, child support)

    7. Have you ever been convicted of or plead Guilty or No Contest to the following:


    A. Aggravated Vehicular Homicide (2903.06 Ohio Revised Code).
    B. Aggravated Vehicular Assault (2903.08 Ohio Revised Code).

    8. Have you ever failed to meet the requirements of child support statutes, or a court order relating to the subject, due to a reason other than your inability to pay?

    9. Have you ever been a participant in any of the following acts?


    A. Sexual relations with a child or a person of a childlike mind.
    B. Molestation
    C. Voyeurism
    D. Incest
    E. Forced a person into a sexual act
    F. Coerced a person into a sexual act by intimidation, intoxication, deception

    A. Sexual relations with a child or a person of a childlike mind.

    10. Have you ever been convicted of domestic violence or a domestic violence related offense?

    Answering yes to any of the questions presented above will NOT result in the rejection of your application at this time. However, if you decide to continue with the selection process, your application may be rejected after an official review of your application packet by the Highway Patrol Screening Committee. You may decide to either continue processing and possibly be rejected at that time, or you may voluntarily withdraw from the selection process by notifying a Recruitment officer. This is not an all-inclusive list, as there may be other reasons your application could be rejected.


    If selected, will you be prepared to:


    -attend 24-26 weeks of rigorous physical and mental training beginning before 6:00 a.m. and ending 10:00 p.m. Monday through Friday in Columbus, Ohio?
    -endure being under continuous pressure to react and perform each day throughout your training?
    -live and sleep at the academy from Monday through Friday evening, away from your family and friends?
    -undertake an intensive, college level academic program that includes hundreds of hours of classroom training, reading, studying, testing, and typing?
    -endure intensive physical training, weight training, self-defense training, swimming, boxing, and long distance running?
    -perform menial tasks such as cleaning recruit facilities and equipment, making beds, and washing automobiles.
    -take orders without questions, even though you may not understand their purpose?
    -function in a strict paramilitary style atmosphere, including military drill, marching, rank inspections, dormitory inspections, weapon inspection, and detail inspections?

    Working Conditions

    As a Trooper, are you willing to…


    -work in a para-military organization that operates under a structured chain of command?
    -work in an area of the state that you may be unfamiliar with?
    -work any shift and have little choice in vacations, days off, or assignments?
    -work weekends and special family occasions, as well as the possibility of working overtime on time off and holidays?
    -be the target of abusive or profane language from the general public you are trying to serve and remain professional?
    -work alone in a large geographical area with back-up many miles away?
    -investigate violent or brutal criminal acts and effectively interact with victims of such crimes?
    -investigate traffic crashes, provide medical attention or comfort to persons who are severely injured or dying, deal with hysterical victims and witnesses, assist with the dead and/or body parts, attend autopsies, and deliver death notifications to next of kin?
    -deal with large amounts of report writing, forms and paperwork?
    -work outdoors in inclement weather?
    -shoot animals such as deer, dogs, cats, etc., who have been seriously injured when struck by a motor vehicle and need to be destroyed?
    -face social isolation from current friends because you are now a law enforcement officer?
    -confront and arrest persons who may be armed, or larger and stronger than you?
    -travel anywhere in the state with little notice, or at odd hours to respond to major emergencies?
    -risk personal injury to assist others or perform dangerous tasks in hostile environments?
    -possibly change your lifestyle in order to uphold the image of the Ohio State Highway Patrol?