Border Patrol Agent

Conditions of Employment

You must be willing to:

  • Meet with a Border Patrol oral interview panel and successfully pass the oral examination; and,
  • Undergo an extensive background investigation.
  • Accept appointments at any location the border in which you are in process.
  • Work rotating shifts, many at night.
  • Work long and irregular hours, including weekends and holidays.
  • Work alone.
  • Learn the Spanish language.
  • Adhere to grooming and dress standards.
  • Carry, maintain, and use a firearm.
  • Work under hazardous conditions such as inclement weather, rough terrain, heights, moving trains, high-speed chases, and armed encounters.
  • Operate a variety of motor vehicles.
  • Submit to a physical examination.
  • Fly as a passenger/observer in various types of aircraft.
  • Maintain composure and self-control under extremely stressful conditions.
  • Bear initial travel and uniform costs (a $500 uniform allowance is provided after entrance on duty).
  • Undergo intensive physical and academic training, which includes a 15-week study of study at the CBP Border Patrol Academy, and subsequent training throughout the year.
  • Work on operational details away from home for extended periods of 35 days or more.
  • Reasonable Accommodation: Reasonable accommodations will be made for applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodations will be made for any part of the hiring process, please notify the servicing personnel office. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be rendered on a case-by-case basis.

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