Hello all. I've been reading a lot of the threads here and I figured I would throw out a call for help/advice. I'm a 30 year old deputy sheriff in Massachusetts. I have 11 years on the job. I served 6 years in the army guard but never deployed so I don't have vet status. I currently have no college unfortunately. My questions are 1.) Honestly, Does my experience working in corrections help me at all when being considered for employment as a police officer? 2.) I was infantry in the army, I know that I don't qualify for vet status but does the fact that I was enlisted at all come into play? 3.) I want to enroll into college and take classes but the costs worry me. Would being student working towards a degree help my chances? 4.) Would having the intermittent academy help when applying to full time towns at all? 5.) Does my age hurt me in the vetting process? I have tried applying to a few college police departments and can't get a call back or an interview from anyone. I took the civil service test and I am awaiting the scores. Im also taking other tests for non CS towns in hopes of getting hired. I'm just trying to figue out if I realistically stand a chance at getting on a department or what other steps I should take. I would like to self sponsor for the full time academy but with my work schedule I would have to quit because there is no way that I can find to go to the academy with the way the scheduling (manditory overtime, rotating shifts, ect.) at my department work. Thank you in advance for the help. Im not sure where to go from here.