When registering online you will be able to indicate one of 4 geographic locations along the U.S. Southwest border with Mexico. You can expect your first posting to be in California, Arizona, New Mexico, or Texas. (Many stations are in small isolated communities, some of which have poor schools and medical facilities.) Here you will learn the many challenges and rewards of the CBP Border Patrol job more quickly than anywhere else in the country. As one recent academy graduate put it, “This is where all the action is!” Additionally, if you have a location within the border region that you prefer, you can tell us and we will try to place you there, though we can’t guarantee we’ll be able to. Placements are made based on the current needs of each post.