For decades, many young men joined the military after graduating high school. These men have always had a desire to serve their country, but many were also looking for skills, training and something to shape their future. Once out of the armed forces, some of these men joined the ranks of civilian law enforcement.
The International ALERT Academy (IAA) appears to be an alternative for young men seeking service in public safety.
ALERT stands for “Air Land Emergency Resource Team,” and the training center takes the motto of “Equipping men to serve nations.”
There are three phases of the ALERT training: basic (9 weeks), emergency response training (10 weeks) and advanced training (32 weeks). Basic training is pretty much what you would expect. ERT introduces basic firefighting, search and rescue, diving and wilderness survival skills. Advanced gets specialized.
In advanced training, students focus on emergency medicine, law enforcement, aviation, aircraft maintenance or facilities maintenance.
Some training qualifies the students for certification outside of the academy. For example, students completing the EMT-Basic and EMT-Paramedic courses can apply for certification upon completing the course. The law enforcement training is not a state-certified academy, but the Special Response Diver course makes a student eligible for certification as a police diver through the National Academy of Police Diving.
The IAA is an unabashed Christian organization. While the majority of the time is spent on training young men in the physical skills they will need to go on to a career in public safety, there is a significant amount of time dedicated to faith. If you see this as a problem, IAA is not going to be a good fit for you.
The above video was made by the NRA’s Life of Duty. Chuck Holton is the NRA correspondant who spent a year at the International ALERT Academy, and put together the video. You can see his other videos here.
Thanks to the whole crew at LoD for all of the great work they are doing supporting the law enforcement and military communities.