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Border Patrol Agents are focused 24/7 on securing our international land borders and coastal waters between Ports of Entry. They safeguard the American people from terrorists and their weapons, drug smugglers, and illegal entry of undocumented aliens.

I AM A VETERAN OR TRANSITIONING SERVICE MEMBER

As a veteran, you have served your country with honor and integrity. Now, you are back home and may be looking forward to starting a second chapter in your career—one with stability, excellent pay, and benefits, a culture of camaraderie among others who have served like yourself, and the opportunity to continue your service in a different capacity. As a veteran or transitioning service member, U.S. Customs and Border Protection offers a hiring preference along with an expedited hiring process—only a few reasons why you should apply to join U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Keep reading to learn more.

EXCELLENT PAY AND BENEFITS

U.S. Customs and Border Protection offers excellent pay and benefits—from the inception of your career into retirement. Click here to learn more about pay and benefits.

HIRING PREFERENCE

If you are an eligible veteran, U.S. Customs and Border Protection offers qualified, eligible veterans an advantage over others when recruiting under competitive external procedures (i.e., announcements open to anyone in the general public). Depending on the position being filled, veteran applicants may be placed ahead of other candidates in a ranking category.

To learn what preference for which you may qualify, follow the step-by-step questions service offered by the Department of Labor’s Veteran Preference Advisor.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection will provide preference at the point of selection to eligible veterans who were discharged or released from military service under honorable conditions AND must be eligible under one of the preference categories listed on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) site or on the Standard Form 50. Visit OPM’s page on Types of Preference for more information.

EXCITING CAREER, CONTINUED SERVICE

At U.S. Customs and Border Protection, no day is ever the same, but some things remain constant: vigilance, service to country, and integrity. Border Patrol Agents are located across the country and work between the ports of entry to keep the American people safe. When you join U.S. Customs and Border Protection, you can continue your service to country in a new and different capacity. Click here for more information on why you should apply to be a Border Patrol Agent today!

COMMUNITY CULTURE

Roughly, a third of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s staff has served in the military. If you are a veteran joining U.S. Customs and Border Protection, you will find many others that share your military background and principles. When it comes to principles, veterans personify U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s core values: vigilance, service to country, and integrity. Furthermore, veterans fit well with U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s culture of teamwork and innovation.

EXPEDITED HIRING PROCESS

U.S. Customs and Border Protection uses a Veteran Recruitment Appointment (VRA) to streamline the hiring process for eligible veterans. If you are a transitioning service member, your recent military fitness test and military medical examination may provide credit for successful completion of the required U.S. Customs and Border Protection medical qualification and fitness test requirements. Additionally, you may meet the criteria to receive a waiver for the polygraph examination—which could potentially allow you to complete the hiring process in approximately 90 days.

I AM A STUDENT OR RECENT GRADUATE

Whether you are a student or recent graduate, right now is an exciting time in your life. Keep the excitement going in your post-grad life by starting your career in law enforcement as a Border Patrol Agent. At U.S. Customs and Border Protection, no day is ever the same—and certainly not spent at a desk or in a cubicle. As you begin to make important decisions about your career path, keep reading to make a great choice and apply to become a Border Patrol Agent today!

Are you still a junior or senior in college? Don’t worry—we have an opportunity for you. Click here to learn about the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Pathways Programs and apply to become a Border Patrol Agent Student Trainee. You can begin the application process as far out as 9 months from graduation. Have your job lined up at graduation and apply today!

Are you between the ages of 14 through 21 with an interest in serving as the guardians of our Nation’s borders? Click here to learn about the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Law Enforcement Explorer Program, which offers you the chance to work in an exciting environment and enjoy exceptional educational benefits.

EXCITING CAREER

Making a decision to start your career path can be daunting, but U.S. Customs and Border Protection has an opportunity for you. When you start your career in Federal law enforcement, you begin the road to a solid career path—one where you secure the border and prevent drug and human smuggling, while enforcing immigration laws, protecting agriculture, and ensuring trade compliance. Click here for more information on why you should apply to be a Border Patrol Agent today!

EXCELLENT PAY AND BENEFITS

U.S. Customs and Border Protection offers excellent pay and benefits—from the inception of your career into retirement. Click here to learn more about pay and benefits.

LOCATION OPTIONS

Border Patrol Agents are located all across the country and around the world.

TRAVEL THE WORLD

Border Patrol Agents are often called upon to assist in the international area with global security efforts. These contributions may run anywhere from one week to 5 years and are located in many of the U.S. Partner Nations.

I AM IN LAW ENFORCEMENT OR A FIRST RESPONDER

If you are already in law enforcement or a first responder, you understand the reward in giving back to your community and helping those in need. At U.S. Customs and Border Protection, you can use your will to help and give back to your community by protecting the Nation’s borders and the American people by becoming a Border Patrol Agent.

Moreover, whether you are in law enforcement or a first responder, you may already possess many application and hiring requirements to successfully join U.S. Customs and Border Protection as a Border Patrol Agent.

EXCELLENT PAY AND BENEFITS

CBP offers excellent pay and benefits—from the inception of your career into retirement. Click here to learn more about pay and benefits.

EXCITING CAREER

At U.S. Customs and Border Protection, no day is ever the same, but some things remain constant: vigilance, service to country, and integrity. Border Patrol Agents are located across the country and work at airports and Ports of Entry to keep the American people safe. Click here for more information on why you should apply to be a Border Patrol Agent today!

LOCATION OPTIONS

Border Patrol Agents are located all across the continental U.S., Puerto Rico, Ports of Entry and at other countries around the world.

TRAVEL THE WORLD

Border Patrol Agents are often called upon to assist in the international area with global security efforts. These contributions may run anywhere from one week to 5 years and are located in many U.S. Partner Nations.

I AM INTERESTED

Are you looking for an exciting, challenging, and rewarding career? U.S. Customs and Border Protection employees protect our Nation’s borders from terrorism, human and drug smuggling, illegal migration, and agricultural pests while simultaneously facilitating the flow of legitimate travel and trade.

If you are interested in protecting the public from dangerous threats and materials attempting to cross the border between the ports of entry, then apply today to become a Border Patrol Agent. Typical assignments include:

  • Enforcing customs, immigration, and agriculture law and regulations;
  • Facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel;
  • Conducting inspections of individuals and conveyances; and
  • Preventing the illegal entry of individuals and prohibited goods and the smuggling of illegal drugs and other contraband.

EXCELLENT PAY AND BENEFITS

U.S. Customs and Border Protection offers excellent pay and benefits—from the inception of your career into retirement. Click here to learn more about pay and benefits.

EXCITING CAREER

At U.S. Customs and Border Protection, no day is ever the same, but some things remain constant: vigilance, service to country, and integrity. Border Patrol Agents are located across the country to keep the American people safe. Click here for more information on why you should apply to be a Border Patrol Agent today!

LOCATION OPTIONS

Border Patrol Agents are located all across the country along the southern and northern borders with Mexico and Canada, including Puerto Rico, and around the world.

TRAVEL THE WORLD

Border Patrol Agents are often called upon to assist in the international area with global security efforts. These contributions may run anywhere from one week to 5 years and are located in many of the U.S. Partner Nations.