So, you want to know how to become a border patrol agent? As a border patrol agent, you will be protecting the nation borders. You will also be patrolling the land, the air, and the sea. Take the time to learn more about this profession, because it is a dangerous job and you are required to carry a gun.
- Study and read as much information as you can about how to become a border patrol agent. Use the internet and the United States Customs and Border Protection website to help you locate information. Try to find currently employed border patrol agents and ask them what it's like to be a border patrol agent. Do not get arrested for anything, because this action can hurt your chances of becoming a border patrol agent.
- Graduate from high school or obtain a GED to help you become a border patrol agent. Complete a two-year or four year college degree program to improve your chances of becoming a border patrol agent and study in a closely related law enforcement field. Make sure you get yourself in good physical shape, because you will have to complete a training program.
- Visit the US Customs and Border Protection website and go to the careers section and fill out and application to become a border patrol agent online. Mail your resume and cover letter asking for an interview to become a border patrol agent to the US Customs and Border Protection human resources department director or recruiter. Call within two weeks to get an update on the status of your resume and application.
- Prepare to take and pass the border patrol admissions test and meet all other requirements to become a border patrol agent. Expect to have an interview and two probationary examinations one after six months and one after ten months. Get ready to provide extensive information for a comprehensive background check. Complete your two-year internship and satisfy all the requirements for becoming a border patrol agent, and the job becomes permanent after the internship is completed.
United States Customs and Border Protection www.cbp.gov
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