The only time you need a police style hat in the academy is for photo's and graduation, other than that it's a sweaty ball-cap for 21 weeks. Which brings me to a good question.... What are you going to wear for a uniform for graduation? the dept that sponsored you?
I was told by other self sponsors that you just put the patch of the department that sponsored you on the uniform. That's cool that I can wait then for the hat. I already bought everything else so at least I have gotten most of that stuff out of the way. Now I wait.