Protecting the frontline of the United States against drug smuggling and illegal crossings is a job that requires honesty, dedication, and quick thinking under pressure. As a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Agent, these and many other qualities are needed to pursue this exciting career.
What are the requirements for a border patrol career?
To be eligible to apply as a border patrol agent, you must be a U.S. Citizen under 37 years of age, hold a valid driver’s license, and pass a thorough background check. You must pass a fitness test, drug test, and medical examination.
After passing your Customs and Border Patrol entrance exam, you are not a border patrol agent yet. Before becoming a border patrol agent, you must undergo 15 weeks of rigorous paid training. You’ll learn more advanced technology-based inspection techniques of firearms and more. Also, if you are stationed along the Southwest Border, you must complete 6 additional weeks of Spanish language training or successfully pass a Spanish language proficiency exam.
There are various levels to of being a border patrol agent, including GL-5, GL-7, and GL-9 levels. The higher your level, the higher your pay will be.
What education can help prepare me for a career as a border patrol agent?
.There are no specific college educational requirements to become a patrol trainee, as your experience can compensate. However, without experience you should have at least a 4-year accredited college degree, in no particular field. However, a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice is a fitting degree. Advanced degrees such as the Master's Degree in Criminal Justice could automatically qualify you for higher levels, such as the GL-7.
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