Thanks Brother. It was a long road, but I got there. I can't share any details about the training, but I enjoyed it overall.
6 months away from home was tough for me at times, but a lot of guys i the military give much more much more often, so I can't complain.
Had some excellent instructors, so I was fortunate in that regard. I'm under no illusions that I actually know what I'm doing at this point, but I've got a good field trainer to sort me out.
Everyone in the RCMP gets about a week of IARD (active shooter response essentially) and a week of patrol carbine on the C8 (basically an M4) right after they graduate the academy.
I've got nothing to compare to, but I found that training to be outstanding and really enjoyable and I feel really fortunate to have gotten it right at the start of my service. It may very well save my life or someone else's.
Can't say how proud and excited I am to actually be out there doing stuff. My watch is solid and my post is busy. Huge rural area and lots going on. Most shifts you run from call to call, which suits me fine. I signed up to do police work, and there seems to be a abundance of that.
Had to move across the country, which came as a bit of a surprise. But I like where we landed and I gotta say I feel pretty blessed.