The Field Operations Academy is responsible for the analysis, design, development, implementation and evaluation of training that supports the Office of Field Operations, Office of Trade and Air and Marine Operations. The FOA provides basic and advanced training to address mission requirements of CBP Officers, Air and Marine Agents and Detention Enforcement Officers, Agriculture Specialists, Regulatory Auditors, Import Specialists, Entry Specialists, Seized Property Specialists, and Border Patrol Agents. The Academy is located in Glynco, GA with a satellite campus in Charleston, SC. Both locations are co-located with the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC).
Continual review and revision of the training curriculum allows the Academy to maintain pace with new tools, technologies, and policies, resulting in the Field Operations Academy’s ability to provide cutting-edge law enforcement training.
CBP Officer Basic Training
The CBP Officer Basic Training Program (CBPOBT) is an 89-day training program conducted in Glynco, Georgia. CBP Officer basic trainees receive instruction in basic law enforcement skills, anti-corruption and integrity reinforcement, anti-terrorism, detection of contraband, interviewing, cross-cultural communications, immigration and Customs laws, examination of cargo, bags and merchandise, entry and control procedures, passenger processing, port of entry specific tactics, driver training, and firearms training. Trainees must pass 8 written exams and 25 graded practical exercises, including meeting Fitness Graduation Standards of a two timed runs, push-ups, and a sitting flexibility reach.
Law enforcement awareness and demeanor are exemplified and reinforced throughout the training program. Upon arrival, trainees immediately are indoctrinated into the law enforcement environment. While the first day of training can be intense for trainees, this time ensures understanding of the fundamental duties, obligations, and philosophies that are intrinsic to work within a law enforcement environment. Initial instruction prepares trainees for basic drill and ceremony procedures, and provides an awareness of the Field Operations Academy guiding principles of Pride, Esprit De Corps, Professionalism, and Integrity, and CBP’s core values of Vigilance, Service to Country, and Integrity.
Specialized instruction, demonstrations, and practical application exercises provide trainees with the skills and knowledge needed to meet the challenges of a career as a CBP Officer. The exposure to a controlled yet challenging real-world environment ultimately produces a better-prepared officer.
In addition, CBP Officer basic trainees are required to attend a 2-4 week pre-academy and a
35-37 week post-academy specific to their port of entry processing environments. CBP Officer trainees who lack sufficient Spanish skills and who are assigned to the southern border, Miami, and Puerto Rico must attend a 6-week Basic Spanish Training Program.
CBP Agriculture Specialist Basic Training
The 69-day CBP Agriculture Specialist Basic Training Program (CBPASBT) is delivered at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Professional Development Center (PDC) in Frederick, Maryland and at the Field Operations Academy in Glynco, Georgia.
Agriculture Specialist basic trainees receive over 6 weeks of CBP-specific training and 7 weeks of training with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The training gives Agriculture Specialist basic trainees the skills to determine the admissibility of agriculture commodities while preventing the introduction of harmful pests, diseases, and potential agro-terrorism into the United States. CBPASBT basic trainees must pass 3 CBP written exams, 10 PDC/Agriculture Quarantine Inspection written exams, and 2 graded practical exams.
The hands-on portion consists of 48 interview labs and 37 role-player scenarios at the Field Operations Academy Port of Entry Training Venue. This includes land border vehicle, airport, and baggage secondary. Trainees learn X-Ray skills and each Agriculture Specialist graduates with a Rapiscan X-ray machine operator certificate.
Air and Marine Basic Training Program
Trainees entering into a career with Air and Marine Operations (AMO) already have the specialized skills required to operate in advanced aviation or maritime platforms. The Air and Marine Basic Training Program (AMBTP) hones the AMO new hires into CBP law enforcement agents.
The revised 103-day program outfits each AMO basic trainee with the skills needed to protect the Nation from terrorism and the illegal entry of contraband and people into the United States. AMBTP uses both classroom and realistic Scenario Based Training (SBT) focused on basic law enforcement, Anti-Terrorism, Nationality Law, CBP electronic sources of information, and AMO-specific tactical training. By employing numerous scenarios and practical exercises utilizing realistic training aids, equipment and role players, AMO basic trainees acquire the “hands-on” experience needed to excel in today’s dynamic operational environment. In each practical exercise and scenario, instructors participate alongside the trainees to provide critical feedback during training.
In order to graduate, AMO basic trainees must comprehend and apply new core knowledge, both
in an academic and practical exercise evaluation, in the following areas: CBP/AMO Authorities; Document Examination; AMO Basic Tactics; Physical Fitness Standards; CBP Use of Force Policy; and Criminal Case Management.