What to bring to the Academy?
You won’t be sent a packing list, but hopefully
this will help.
Trainee's are now given $1,500 allowance
toward clothing and equipment. You will not actually get
any of the $1,500
because it is an amount that is allotted to you, what
you don't use, you lose.
You really only need around $100.00 cash to take with
When you Enter On Duty (EOD),
you are responsible for the cost of
transportation to your assign duty Sector, hotel costs,
Monday - Get sworn in and lots of paper work
Tuesday - More paper work and tour of
Wednesday - Leave sector usually early
A.M. to fly out to the academy
(Government pays for this flight)
Things to take
Things to have, but can be purchased
Here are a list of things that are provide
for you at the Artesia, Academy
Things to NOT have
A little more information
Male - Business casual clothes –
polo shirts with collars, nice slacks, belt, shoes. No
SHORTS in class (2 days in “Civvies”)
Female - same as male but skirts can
be worn too. Women with hair longer then shoulder length
MUST wear their hair up in a pony tail or bun like hair
Please note for females: bring a lot of underwear to the
academy. When you go to PT, you will want to have extra
underwear in your locker. You are supplied with a sports
bra, shorts and shirt for PT, but you will go through
2-3 pair of underwear a day on average; possibly more
if you do after hours remedial's/workouts on your own.
This person used to take about 10 clean pair on Mondays,
and a zip lock bag for dirties.
These can be stored in your PT locker, and no one will
Now with saying all that about the women.
I received a email from a female trainee and this
is what she said:
"On your web site, you mentioned that women
are allowed to wear skirts to the academy, however, that
is not always the case.
While academy policy may allow skirts, many
instructors do not. I found out the hard way my first
time at the academy. I had taken business skirts, and
was told not to wear them. So, new trainees can't necessarily
count on wearing skirts.
My last Law instructor not only didn't allow
skirts, but stud earrings, visible makeup, and shirts
designed to go outside of slacks were not allowed. She
also required us to wear a belt daily, which meant some
of the slacks I had packed were not acceptable as well.
The safest plan for female trainees is to
take slacks with a belt, and shirts that button down,
and tuck in. Otherwise, they may find themselves purchasing
clothes once they arrive at the academy."
Hope it helps =)
Things to take:
1. Travel sized shampoo.
2 . Toothpaste / tooth brush.
3 . 2 Pair of good running shoes. Good running shoes.
4 . Alarm Clock – should be in your room
5 . Phone Cards or Cell Phone.
6 . Watch (make sure it doesn't’t beep in class).
7 . Casual clothes for your off time.
8 . Camera and film – take pictures early and through
out, trust me!
9 . Laundry bag.
10. Postal stamps and stationary
have, but can be purchased after arrival:
1. Around 500 Index cards (MANY for Spanish and Law memorization).
2. Sharpie markers.
3. Snacks & Drinks for your room.
4. Ear plugs, if your roommate snores or the hall is
5. Soap, Shampoo, etc. (Hotel sized soap supplied, but
6. Black Shoe Polish & accessories.
7. Heavy Starch (Sta Flo works very well, but spray starches
8. V-Neck or Athletic style under shirts.
9. Brass Polish (semi-chrome or brasso work well).
10. Laundry soap, etc. (don’t use softener on uniforms,
though). you can also send your uniform out to be
dried clean for a fee, etc.
11. A computer Jump drive to hold your documents/paperwork on.
12. High lighters.
13. Prescriptions (with refill info)
14. Staple puller (day one for all the packets)
15. Shoeshine kit
16. Three blank cd's for spanish (they will record the
lessons on mp3 format, make sure your cd player is able
to play in that format)
17. Black socks to wear with your uniforms when you get
18. A heavy jacket and maybe a light one for when the
temp starts to warm up. (the temperature has been pretty
19. Motrin instead of Tylenol, easier on the stomach.
Instead of Ben-gay and Ici-hot get some freezer bags from the dollar store (in Artesia) and use the supplied ice from the ice machines, it is better for you then topical salves.
Here are a list
of things that are provide for you at the Artesia, Academy:
1. Phone in room
2. T. V. with basic cable
3. Body (shower) soap
4. Shuttle service every 30 minutes to go to town. (The
shuttle service is free)
6. Towels, linens, hotel soap, toilet paper, ironing board.
7. A pretty thick comforter (no need to bring extra blankets)
8. Desk lamps and plenty of lighting in the room
9. Class schedule, paper, pens, pencils, first high lighter,
10. Maid service – makes beds, cleans restroom, etc.
Don’t leave a mess for them.
11. Meals – 3 a day at the Chow Hall.
For your luggage, make sure you pack
two suit cases instead of one giant one. Since most of
you will be catching a flight from a small plane, the
max weight per luggage is 50 lb. Anything over that will
be charged extra. One of my classmate was charged $85
dollars because his giant suit case weighed 80 lbs. Remember,
you could buy things here in town as well.
Very desirable but not necessary:
1. Vehicle – Cabs get expensive, and can be unreliable.
2. Laptop Computer and Printer – But so far the
computer labs have always been pretty empty. (if you have
a laptop then you probably won't need to buy a cd player,
because your laptop should be able to play mp3 format.)
3. Warm Blanket (rooms get VERY cold at times).
1. Stimulants such as ephedrine or caffeine used for performance
2. Valuables that can’t be locked in a wall locker.
3. Alcohol in room, nope can't do.
A little more information:
The dorm rooms are either single occupancy
or double occupancy or more depending on the needs of the service. Either way
you share a bathroom (also depends on how many trainees are at the academy will depend on how many are per room).
The rooms are really nice...you
TV,desk, alarm clock, your own sink, and iron. There are
no refrigerators in the
room despite the common misconception that there are.
Hope it helps, anyway! Good Luck!
SAVE RECEIPTS FOR TAXES!
I am sure I haven't disclosed all the information that
you will need, but this will give you a great start in
getting things in order!
This information is supplied from those that are or have attended the academy. If you find something that is new to this page, please send me an email.