In 1970 the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission initiated a Wildlife Officer Cadet School for the purpose of giving new Wildlife Officers some formal training in the operation of the Commission before assigning them to positions in the field. The School, which is a prerequisite to being hired as a Wildlife Officer, consists of five weeks of schooling at Arkansas Polytechnic College and one week of field training on the skills a Wildlife Officer must employ and the situations he will face in his daily activities. The Commission is also making an effort to have all field personnel complete the schooling at Arkansas Tech, and is sending twenty employees to each session held there. The Commission accepts ten cadets for each session of the school and the field training. In 1970 only one session was held, but in 1971 the course was expanded to two sessions. So far, ninety men, employees and cadets, have completed the course.