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Aviation Enforcement Agent Application Process

An Air and Marine Operations AS350 aircrew conducts operations in El Paso, TX.

Being an Aviation Enforcement Agent can be mentally and physically challenging. As a result, our law enforcement training is intentionally rigorous to ensure those selected can carry out the duties expected of them.


Due to the impacts of COVID-19, AMO is experiencing delays in the hiring process for all Agent positions. For more information, contact amoapplicantcare@cbp.dhs.gov.

Expand Basic Eligibility

In order to be eligible for employment with the CBP, applicants must:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Referred for selection prior to age 37; waiver for veteran preference eligibles.
  • Have a valid driver's license.
  • Have resided in the U.S. for at least 3 of the last 5 years (military exception).
  • Be eligible to carry a firearm.
  • Be willing to travel; you will be required to travel frequently. This position may require extended domestic and foreign Temporary Duty (TDY) assignments.
  • Pass the application process (see details below).
  • Have a current FAA medical certificate (Class II) or above.

Common Disqualifiers

You may be rated unsuitable for the Aviation Enforcement Agent position if your background includes:

  • Use of illegal drugs, and/or the sale and distribution of illegal drugs. View our FAQ on prior illegal drug use.
  • Convictions (including misdemeanor domestic violence charges)
  • Intentional harboring or concealment of an illegal alien

Expand Specific Aviation Enforcement Agent Qualifications

You must possess and provide proof of the following, at time of application in order to meet the basic requirements of this position:

  • A detailed resume that clearly documents your qualifications
  • An FAA Medical Certificate Class II or above: Your medical certificate must be dated within the last 12 calendar months at time of application.

7 steps in the process to employment. Note that several steps occur at the same time or may occur in a different order

Expand 1. Apply

Apply to be an Aviation Enforcement Agent on USAJOBS.
To apply, navigate to the position you are interested in on USAJOBS by searching the position title or by finding the link on the Apply Now page. To begin your online application, you need to create a USA Jobs account and self certify that you are qualified. When completed, submit your resume, transcripts, and other documents to verify your age and if applicable, veteran status. Visit our Apply Now page to start your application today!

Expand 2. Qualifications Review

Submit a properly formatted resume on USAJOBS to ensure your qualifications are accurate
A Human Resources Specialist will review your resume, FAA medical and other required documents to ensure you meet the minimum qualifications and determine the grade for which you qualify. In order for your application to be reviewed quickly and accurately, it is recommended that you submit a resume that appropriately documents your qualifications, and that includes a detailed description of your duties (including tasks performed), the dates you performed those duties (MM/DD/YYYY - MM/DD/YYYY) and hours worked per week. If your resume and/or transcripts do not clearly document how you are qualified, you may be rated ineligible.

Age/Age Waiver Information
Age Requirement: You must be referred for consideration before reaching your 37th birthday in accordance with Public Law 100-238. Federal civilian law enforcement positions covered by Title 5 U.S.C. 8336(c) or Title 5 U.S.C. 8412(d) may have sufficient service to meet the requirement. The age restriction does not apply if you are a veteran preference eligible.

Expand 3. Background Investigation

Aviation Enforcement Agent applicants undergo a thorough background investigation.
All selected applicants must undergo and successfully pass a background investigation as a condition of placement into a CBP position. The e-QIP SF-86 must be completed to initiate the background investigation. The background investigation process consists of four key elements: the preliminary vetting checks, the polygraph examination, the investigation (the field portion and OPM’s National Agency Checks) and the final adjudication. The results produced from the vetting checks, the polygraph exam, and the investigation are analyzed for the purpose of making a final adjudicative determination. Learn more about the background investigation.

View the detailed overview of CBP’s suitability process

Expand 4. Fitness test

To ensure you are physically fit for the job, you are required to undergo the AEA Physical Fitness Test (PFT)

The PFT is required to ensure you are able to carry out the critical tasks of the job, such as use force. The test includes push-ups, sit-ups and a step test. In order to help you prepare and successfully pass the PFT, CBP has created a six week standardized training program. View Current Applicant Resources to access the PFT Readiness Program, a guide to the PFT, and frequently asked questions regarding the fitness test.

Physical Fitness Test Minimum Requirements
Test Repetitions Time Frame
Sit-Ups 20 1 minute
Push-Ups 12 1 minute
12" Step 120 steps per minute 5 minutes

Expand 5. Drug Test

Aviation Enforcement Agents have direct responsibility and involvement with the interdiction of illegal narcotics, and are routinely exposed to illegal substances. During the application process, you will be required to submit to a random drug test. Applicants that test positively are disqualified. View Current Applicant Resources for more information regarding the drug test.

Expand 6. Polygraph Exam

The polygraph exam is a standardized polygraph exam, required by the Anti-Border Corruption Act of 2010. This is a 4-6 hour interview that requires you to respond to a series of questions typically relating to national security issues and answers you provide on your background investigations forms. The polygraph measures your physiological response when answering questions and results are subject to a quality control review for accuracy. Learn more about the polygraph exam.

Polygraph Examination: The Aviation Enforcement Agent (AEA) position is a polygraph-required position. You must undergo a polygraph exam with favorable results in order to continue in the pre-employment process. Please see Polygraph Examination.

Polygraph Reciprocity: CBP may accept the results of a prior federal polygraph exam in lieu of a CBP polygraph exam. You will receive information to request reciprocity in your Background Investigation Package.

Polygraph Waiver: Certain veterans may be eligible to obtain a polygraph waiver. You will receive information to request a waiver in your Background Investigation Package.

Expand 7. Completion of the Air and Marine Basic Training Program

Trainees are required to complete a 15-week Air and Marine Basic Training Program (AMBTP) at the Air and Marine Operations Academy (AMOA), located at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Brunswick, Georgia. Requirements include: a 1.5 mile run/walk within 16 minutes and 30 seconds or less; 24 push-ups within one minute or less; 220 yard sprint in 60 seconds or less; and a five minute tread/float. Additionally, candidates must successfully exit a simulated downed aircraft in the water while wearing blacked out goggles; followed by self-rescue into a life raft. Firearms proficiency must be achieved for the duty-issued handgun, M-4 rifle, and 12-gauge shotgun. During AMBTP, trainees will be provided training in arrest techniques, investigative skills, survival skills, defensive tactics, criminal law, customs law, immigration law, law enforcement driving, and tactics specific to aviation and maritime law enforcement. Failure to successfully complete all the above training may be grounds for mandatory removal from the position.

Air and Marine Basic Spanish Training Program: During Air and Marine Basic Spanish Training Program (AMBTSP), trainees will be given a Spanish language proficiency test. If a passing score is not achieved, agents will immediately attend the AMBSTP following their graduation from AMBTP. AMBSTP is a four-week law enforcement Spanish dialogue-based course taught at the AMOA. Failure to successfully complete AMBSTP may be grounds for mandatory removal from the position. Agents who have successfully completed the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officer Basic Training Program or the U.S. Border Patrol Academy’s Spanish training program will not be required to attend AMBSTP.

Aviation Enforcement Agents: After successfully completing AMBTP and AMBSTP, Aviation Enforcement Agents (AEAs) will: 

  • Receive initial Tactical Flight Officer training from the NATC in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Receive aircraft-specific Tactical Flight Officer training for the aircraft they will operate at their respective location
  • Successfully complete specific local area Tactical Team Member training at their respective location

Failure to successfully complete all the above training within one year may be grounds for mandatory removal from the position.


  • Last Modified: September 16, 2022