Border Patrol Agent

What are the work hours like in the U.S. Border Patrol?

Your work week consists of 40 hours of regular time plus another 9-10 hours of what is termed Administratively Uncontrollable Overtime (AUO) for covering shift changes, illegal alien processing and other tasks that can’t be scheduled. This is generally the same in all other federal law enforcement positions, and is the reason you will make up to 25% over and above your base salary. Since law enforcement is a 24-hour-a-day job, you will often be working nights, and, depending on your schedule, weekends or holidays.


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