OPTION ONE: Associate's degree or 60 credit hours from an accredited college or university with a C average or higher.
OPTION TWO: Honorably discharged AND been awarded at least one of the qualifying medals by the United States Armed Forces.
OPTION THREE: An active member of the Illinois National Guard or a reserve component of the United States Armed Forces AND been awarded at least one of the qualifying medals as a result of honorable service during deployment on active duty.
OPTION FOUR: Honorably discharged AND served in a combat mission by proof of hostile fire pay or imminent danger pay during deployment on active duty.
OPTION FIVE: Has at least 3 years of full active and continuous United States Armed Forces duty, which also includes a period of active duty with the State of Illinois under Title 10 or Title 32 of the United States Code pursuant to an order of the President or the Governor of the State of Illinois, and received an honorable discharge.
OPTION SIX: Has successfully completed basic law enforcement training, has at least 3 years of continuous, full-time service as a peace officer with the same police department, and is currently serving as a peace officer.