I'll be testing for NHSP on the 27th. There PT form is a bit ridiculous... my doctor almost didn't fill it out. I am in the VT State Police hiring pool for the summer academy. I think people hold NHSP in higher regard to VTSP, but both seem like good agencies. I'm just curious on what my odds are considering I only meet the minimum requirements.. (AS degree, 66 credits). Are the majority of the barracks mostly highway patrol duties? One thing i like about VTSP is that most of the barracks, if not all, do a lot of regular police work and responding to calls because they serve as primary LE for many towns in VT.
The purpose behind the PT form is so that you don't waste your time or their time. You would be suprised how many people want to test when they are medically unqualified. The med form just eliminates that problem from the getgo. Plus, if you end up having an asthma attack during the run, at least the NHSP can say that they made you get a physical, and you were cleared.
As far as NHSP and VTSP, I work along the VT border and frequently am working with VT troopers. They have all been good guys, so you can't go wrong either way.
For your odds of being hired, it depends on a lot of other things than your education level. Age, life experience, previous work experience, your background, etc. will all play in to it.
Finally, as far as the interstate/rural patrol thing. Every barracks in the state has at least a few county patrols. And, every barracks in the state has at least a few miles of interstate in it. However, some barracks are definitely mostly interstate, and some are definitely mostly county. I would say Troops A, B, and D are mostly interstate, and Troops C, E, and F are mostly county. Also, nothing says that if you are in an interstate patrol, that you won't get called into the county for a burglary, sexual assault, etc. And, nothing says that if you have a county patrol, that you can't hop up onto the highway and run radar for a few hours.
Hope this helps.