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Good Afternoon folks,
I was born and raised in Bridgewater Mass, and joined the Marine Corps back in 2012. I'll be getting out of the Marine Corps in the next few months. I have a California drivers license and am currently renting a place in southern California. I'm wondering what I should begin doing to try to lock on employment for when I am transitioning. I went to the civil service portion of MA.Gov and began filling out the form for the exam for "military make-up exam" however, when it said in order claim you are a "veteran" you need to upload your DD214 (will get it in August when I officially EAS). Should I leave it as civilian?
Also should i begin applying for "non civil-service" departments? Corrections departments? What are the major differences when it comes to civil or non civil service departments?

Any and all information is greatly appreciated, and I would be more than happy to take leave and fly out for any testing dates that would further aid my attempts in gaining employments.
 

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Getting into Law Enforcement in MA is a very difficult and frustrating thing to do. My recommendation is start applying to any and all departments that are hiring; colleges, hospitals, non-civil service towns, etc...

You might want to also look into self-sponsoring yourself for a full-time academy, once you have the full-time academy under your belt, you can get picked up quicker by an agency. Or you could even enroll into a reserve academy and get picked up somewhere as part-time.

But I would also highly recommend applying in NH, VT, RI and Maine too, you will have a much better chance of being hired in these states and don't have to deal with the civil service nonsense.
 

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Welcome home and thank you for your service. You could try moving to Boston it is expensive but if you get your residency for the next test probably have a good shot getting go on BPD.

There is directions of course Corrections. I'm sure you're well aware of being a native of Bridgewater.
It's group 4 and it will get your retirement clock ticking should you get on a PD down the road. Same thing with Suffolk County. Live and work in the city keep taking the test
 

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I was active when I took the CS test without my Dd214. I had my CO write a letter for me to take the test, you might be able to still do that. Used to be you had to be in good standing and have a letter stating you were active by your CO, or plt LT. I just updated cs as I got out and with disability as I went along.
 

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You'll have vet status w CS. Don't worry you'll be hired. Good luck and Semper Fi.

QUOTE="codycloud1, post: 980145, member: 46289"]Good Afternoon folks,
I was born and raised in Bridgewater Mass, and joined the Marine Corps back in 2012. I'll be getting out of the Marine Corps in the next few months. I have a California drivers license and am currently renting a place in southern California. I'm wondering what I should begin doing to try to lock on employment for when I am transitioning. I went to the civil service portion of MA.Gov and began filling out the form for the exam for "military make-up exam" however, when it said in order claim you are a "veteran" you need to upload your DD214 (will get it in August when I officially EAS). Should I leave it as civilian?
Also should i begin applying for "non civil-service" departments? Corrections departments? What are the major differences when it comes to civil or non civil service departments?

Any and all information is greatly appreciated, and I would be more than happy to take leave and fly out for any testing dates that would further aid my attempts in gaining employments.[/QUOTE]
 

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The most important thing is getting residency in a big city that hires often. Boston has a mass exodus of retirements coming up. They're going to be putting through class after class.
 
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