The American Legion Department of Michigan 212 North Verlinden Ave, Suite A, Lansing, MI 48915 (517) 371-4720 Phone (517) 371-2401 Fax

Who is eligible?


For high school students entering 10th, 11th and 12 grade (in the fall of 2017, males and females, age 16 to 18, in good physical condition with an interest in law enforcement.


A completed 2018 application listed on this page along with the $390 fee must be returned to American Legion State Headquarters for the program session by the deadline date.


For more information, contact a local Michigan American Legion Post or Ashley Zimmer can be contacted by email at or by phone at 517-371-4720 ext. 23.

Youth Career Law Enforcement Program


Discover the many career opportunities offered in law enforcement


July 15-20, 2018


Application deadline is May 25, 2018





The 2018 program is held at the Michigan State Police Training Academy on Canal Road , Lansing.


In partnership with the Michigan State Police, this program will teach young men and women about a career in law enforcement.  If a student is interested about a career in law enforcement or is not sure, they should attend this program.


You will learn:

  • Proper gun safety while live-firing handguns under the supervision of the Michigan State Police firing range officers.
  • Self-defense techniques
  • The adrenaline rush of underwater rescue and recovery in the training center pool
  • Crash site investigation
  • First aid
  • Police K-9 units and their incredible abilities
  • Basic “CSI- Crime Scene Investigations”
  • Intense physical training (Yes, you will run!)
  • How to work as a team

























A great career start. Successfully completing this course impresses colleges and helps with many careers.


4 College Scholarships Awarded to Attendees That Range From $500 to $1000


Student Trooper of the Year - $1,000
Class Orator  - $500
Academic Award - $500
Marksmanship Award - $500


School officials, teachers and students: The American Legion brochure sent to the schools listed many American Legion programs but was limited in details. This web page should answer any questions but if you have others please contact Roxanne by phone or email. We know you are all very busy but all the students should have the opportunity to attend the Academy. Our programs benefit the youth and the discipline and self confidence gained from this Law Enforcement  experience gives students a head start on  their career path. To find an American Legion Post to contact, *Click Here*


Legionnaires, some of you have given students a boost in their self confidence through attendance at the Academy, but very few Posts and High Schools can point to a student in their area who has attended.  To give more of our youth this opportunity, the schools need help from local Posts and their members. Make contact with the proper school officials and remind them of the brochure that was sent to them. A face to face contact is always best. Let them know what the Trooper program is all about and how to get applications and all the information from this web site. Ask for a chance to talk directly to a group of students. Let the contact know that you will call back to see which students might be interested and help with the application process. Remember, if the Post cannot handle the sponsor fee, alone there are other sources for at least part of it. The candidate’s families have been helping so their youth can attend.