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      Yoopers who want to be Michigan State Troopers

      Jay Hills of Cedarville

      As "reveille" plays over the loud speaker, it is a wake up call that is very familiar to the recruits hoping to become Michigan State Troopers.

      What started out as 80 recruits during the first week is now down to 68 recruits during the ninth week of training.

      Jay Hills is from Cedarville and said working for the MSP would be the ultimate achievement.

      "It's what I want to do and it's something I was born to do. I guess when you come into this job, you know that you were meant to do this. For me, putting on that belt means everything to me," said Hills.

      Tim Oliver is from Ironwood and said the process of becoming a trooper is not easy.

      "It is a difficult challenge at times. There are days that you have your ups and downs and then there are the days that you wonder why you decided to come here. But all in all, I feel like I'm doing fairly well, and I just have to continue to push through and do the best I can," said Oliver.

      The firearms range is where recruits log more than 90 hours of training. Training includes five fundamentals, which are stance, grip, breathing, sight alignment and trigger control.

      Recruits also spend a number of hours in the pool learning water safety and going through drowning scenarios. Physical fitness is also an important part of training.

      Oliver said physical training is his biggest challenge.

      "Push ups have always been a challenge with my wonderfully long arms, but I'm trying to do my best and putting forth all of the effort I can," Oliver said.

      That effort is just a small part of what it takes to become a Michigan State Trooper. If you are interested in the MSP, click here.