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|Getting one of New York's toughest jobs is half the battle.|
The race to join New York's Strongest is about to begin. The New York City Sanitation Department exam, which will be held in February 2015, is open for applicants until the end of the month.
Getting in with the crew, though, sounds like a lottery -- or some kind of Kafkaesque shit-show -- only with feats of strength.
First, you've got to be 17 and a half years old with a high school diploma to be eligible for the exam. And you'll have some competition: If 2007 -- the last time the test was administered -- was any indication, you'll be taking it with more than 30,000 other people.
If you pass the test in February, you get to take another test, one of physical strength, known as the "Superman" test, which involves lugging around 30-pound trashcans and may or may not have caused heart attacks. You're then placed on yet another list and ranked according to your overall scores. Along with the written and physical tests, you'll have to pass a medical exam and possess a commercial driver's license. And once you've done all that...keep waiting. More »