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Border Patrol Agent

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Southwest United States


Contact Information


U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Attn: Southwest United States

Position Information

Application Deadline:

  • 04/22/09
  • NA

Position Details


U.S. Border Patrol


The United States border - Protected by You!


As a U.S. Border Patrol Agent working on America's Southwest border, you'll work with an amazing team of professionals protecting the country from terrorists, illegal drugs, criminals and unlawful border crossings in Arizona, California, New Mexico, South Texas and West Texas.


The work is fun, challenging and critically important to national security. By protecting the border you protect the entire nation. Once you're accepted into the Border Patrol, you'll start with 95 days of rigorous Border Patrol Training in Artesia, New Mexico, during which you're on full salary with uniforms and equipment provided. Once you graduate, you'll head for your duty station, where a field training officer will help teach you to apply what you learned in the academy. Somewhere between a team and a family, the people you'll work with are dedicated to protecting the border and protecting each other. Here you will feel like part of something important.


Border Patrol Agents are frequently on the move, and the work will challenge you mentally and physically. Most of what you do will take place outdoors, either hiking or in one kind of vehicle or another. Your powers of observation and decision-making skills will get sharper every day. As you advance, you can train for numerous assignments and other opportunities (i.e. canine, ATV, Horse Patrol, academy instructor, etc.).


The most successful agents are the ones who reach for more. And the Border Patrol provides ample chances for agents who want to move to prove themselves, both in the field and the classroom.





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You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) also has requirements that apply to all applicants (other than current CBP employees). If you are not a current CBP employee, CBP requires that for the three (3) years prior to filing an application for employment, individuals must meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Applicant has resided in the United States or its protectorates or territories (short trips abroad, such as vacations, will not necessarily disqualify an applicant).

  • Applicant has worked for the U.S. government as an employee overseas in a federal or military capacity.

  • Applicant was a dependent of a U.S. federal or military employee serving overseas.


Additional Requirements:


Individuals must possess a valid state driver's license at the time of appointment.


Must be under age 40 to register for the written test. This position is covered under law enforcement retirement provisions. Therefore, candidates must be referred for selection prior to their 40th birthday unless they presently serve or have previously served in a position covered by federal civilian law enforcement retirement.



Benefits and Salary


Up to $70k is possible after 3 years of service


These are full-time permanent positions. Initial appointments are made at the GL-5 ($36,658), GL-7 ($41,729) and GL-9 ($46,524) grade levels with non-competitive promotion potential to GL-11 ($54,494). Agents can earn up to an additional 25 percent of basic salary each year in overtime pay. The Border Patrol Agent position has an accelerated 6 1/2 month promotion plan. Agents in service three years have earning potential of up to $70,000. You will enjoy the excellent Federal Law Enforcement benefits package, including personal leave days for vacation, illness, and family care; a wide choice of health insurance programs, life insurance, long-term care insurance, and flexible spending accounts for out-of-pocket medical or dependent care expenses; a fully portable retirement program that includes a Thrift Savings Plan (similar to a 401k), and a uniform allowance. You are eligible for law enforcement retirement at age 50 or older with 20 years of service or after 25 years of service at any age.


Pre-employment requirements consist of a thorough background investigation, medical examination, fitness test, and drug test. If your background includes past or present arrests, convictions, dismissals from previous jobs, debts and financial issues, excessive use of alcohol, use of illegal drugs, and/or the sale and distribution of illegal drugs, you may not pass the pre-employment requirements for this position. You may also be subject to a polygraph examination.



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