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Marine Interdiction Agent Application Process

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Being a Marine Interdiction Agent can be both mentally and physically challenging. As a result, our law enforcement training is intentionally rigorous to ensure that those selected can carryout the duties that are 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.

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Applicants must:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Have a valid driver's license.
  • Have resided in the U.S. for at least three of the last five years (Residency Requirement Exceptions).
  • Be eligible to carry a firearm.
  • Be referred for selection prior to your 40th birthday (or receive an exception waiver for veterans' preference eligibility or previous served in a federal civilian law enforcement position).
  • Be willing to travel. You will be required to travel frequently, including potential extended domestic and foreign Temporary Duty assignments.
  • Pass the application process (see details below).

You may be disqualified if your background includes:

  • Use of illegal drugs and/or the sale distribution of illegal drugs.
  • Convictions, including misdemeanor domestic violence charges.
  • International harboring or concealment of undocumented noncitizens.

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

  • One year of specialized law enforcement experience
  • Must possess a valid United States Coast Guard (USCG) issued vessel license. Your USCG vessel license must bear one of the following capacities:
    • Masters License (any tonnage);
    • Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessel (OUPV) License;
    • Deck Mates License (Chief Mate, Second Mate and Third Mate) of greater than 200 gross tons;
    • Deck Mates License (Chief Mate, Second Mate and Third Mate) of 200 gross tons or less (Near Coastal and Offshore)

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Your Application Journey

To begin your application process, send your aviation resume to an AMO recruiter. An AMO Recruiter will review your qualifications, provide you with additional forms to complete, and may also request other documents if you are a veteran. If you are not ready to apply at this time, but would like to learn more about the Marine Interdiction Agent position, please contact an AMO recruiter. 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. You will need to create a USAJOBS account and self-certify that you are qualified to begin your application. 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!

You must undergo and successfully pass a background investigation as a condition of employment with CBP. The Standard Form 86 - Questionnaire for National Security or Standard Form 85 - Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions must be completed to initiate the background investigation. The background investigation consists of the preliminary vetting checks, the investigation and the final adjudication. You may or may not be required to take a standardized polygraph exam as part of the application process.

You will be required to submit to a random drug test during the application process. If you test positive, then you will be disqualified. 

You may or may not be required to take a standardized polygraph exam as part of your Marine Interdiction Agent application. The polygraph exam, if you are required to take it, 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.

You will be required to pass a three part assessment conducted at an AMO location to be determined over the course of one full day. Once scheduled for the assessment, detailed traveled information will be provided.

Selectees will be responsible for all expenses associated with their travel, as well any lodging and/or personal expenses incurred.

Part 1: Oral Exam

You will be required to undergo a structured interview. This interview is designed for the applicant to demonstrate the core competencies necessary to be a Marine Interdiction Agent. Competencies include sound judgment, decision making, integrity, communication, and emotional maturity. You will be asked a series of questions involving actual scenarios you may encounter that will test these competencies.

Part 2:  Vessel Evaluation

You will be required to demonstrate your vessel handling proficiency on a 30' twin engine vessel. You will be evaluated on your knowledge of equipment safety and nomenclature, Marine VHF, vessel handling and practical demonstration of navigation and docking in various conditions.

Part 3: Written Exam
The test covers the following areas: Rules of the Road, Navigation General, and Deck General. To prepare for the examination, applicants should refer to study aides for preparing for the OUPV license. Candidates should also review and practice chart plotting. Chart plotting tools will be provided.

For more information, view the MIA 3 Part Vessel Exam page.

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 (FLETC) in Glynco, Georgia.

Requirements include:

  • 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
  • five-minute tread/float

Candidates must successfully exit a simulated downed aircraft in the water while wearing blacked out goggles, followed by self-rescue into a life raft, and demonstrate firearms proficiency 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.

For 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 receive Rosetta Stone training course.

After successfully completing AMBTP, Marine Interdiction Agents (MIAs) will:

  • Complete crew member training and be designated as a crew member at their new duty station
  • Complete the field training standards required for Tactical Boarding Officers
  • Complete the initial Tactical Boarding Officer training at the National Marine Training Center (NMTC) in St. Augustine, Florida (training includes Tactical Water Survival Training)
  • Receive training in the field from local marine instructors to meet the standards for Initial Vessel Commander (IVC)
  • Be recommended by a local Marine Standardization Evaluator to attend the IVC course at the NMTC
  • Complete the IVC course at the NMTC
  • Based on qualifications upon employment, agents may also be required to attend the Maritime Law Enforcement Training Program at FLETC

Failure to successfully complete all the above training and achieve required certifications may be grounds for mandatory removal from the position.

  • Last Modified: September 21, 2022