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Detection Enforcement Officer Application Process

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Being a Detection Enforcement Officer can be analytical, fast-paced, and exciting. As a result, the application process to become a Detection Enforcement Officer is intentionally rigorous to ensure that those selected can carry out the duties that are expected of them.

Expand Basic Eligibility

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

  • Be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Have a valid driver's license.
  • Have resided in the U.S. for the last 3 years.
  • Be Veteran’s Recruitment Appointment eligible. View the qualifications here.
  • Pass the application process.

Common Disqualifiers

You may be rated unsuitable for the Detection Enforcement Officer position if your background includes:

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

Expand Specific Detection Enforcement Officer Qualifications


  • Possess skills in the areas of radar usage, analysis, and interpretation.
  • Have operational knowledge of airborne; maritime; and/or ground-based Air Traffic Control, Air Defense Sector, and/or Airborne Early Warning-type radar facilities/platforms.
  • Possess knowledge of air traffic control procedures, airspace, and terminology.
  • Possess knowledge of a wide variety of general aviation, transport and military-type aircraft to include performance characteristics used by civil, military, and criminal organizations.
  • Obtain and maintain a Secret Security Clearance.


5 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 a Detection Enforcement Officer by emailing the following documents to amocrecruiting@cbp.dhs.gov.

To apply, submit your current resume, DD-214 member 4 copy (or Statement of Service letter if you are still active duty), and SF-50 (if applicable) to amocrecruiting@cbp.dhs.gov. Ensure these documents are submitted in MS Word or PDF format. Upon submitting these documents, you will be contacted to discuss the position and your qualifications.

Expand 2. Qualifications Review

Submit a properly formatted resume to ensure your qualifications are accurate. Human Resources Specialists will review your resume and other required documents to make sure 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 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.


Expand 3. Background Investigation

Detection Enforcement Officer 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 SF-86 (e-QIP) must be completed to initiate the background investigation. The background investigation process consists of four key elements: the preliminary vetting checks, the investigation (both the field portion and OPM’s National Agency Checks), and the final adjudication. The results produced from the vetting checks and the investigation, are analyzed for the purpose of making a final adjudicative determination. DEOs are not required to take a polygraph (airborne DEO requirements may differ) as a condition of employment.

Learn more about the background investigation.

View the detailed overview of CBP’s suitability process.

Expand 4. Medical Exam

Before entering on duty, all tentatively selected candidates will be required to undergo a pre-appointment medical examination and be found medically qualified for the position. The initial exam cost is covered by CBP and performed by agency-designated physicians through a national medical services contract, administered by the Office of Human Resources Management. Additional screening is paid for by the applicant.

Expand 5. Drug Test

Detection Enforcement Officers are required to take and pass a drug test. During the application process, you will be required to submit to a random drug test. Applicants that test positively are disqualified. View the Current Applicant Resources for frequently asked questions regarding the drug test.

  • Last Modified: September 26, 2022