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U.S. Border Patrol Seal

Join Our Team

FULFILL YOUR PASSION, PROTECT YOUR NATION


As employees of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the world’s largest law enforcement organization, Border Patrol Agents use innovation, collaboration and integrity to secure our international land borders and coastal waters between ports of entry and safeguard the American people from illegal activity, narcotics, human trafficking and terrorism. Border Patrol Processing Coordinators support BPAs with humanitarian care and intake processing of detainees and provide other clerical/administrative support. We believe there's a place for you on our team. 

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As a veteran or transitioning service member, you have served your country with honor and integrity. Now you have made the decision to separate from the military and transition to civilian life. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has jobs and internships for veterans that provide stability, excellent pay and benefits, a culture of camaraderie among others who have served and the opportunity to continue to serve in a different capacity.

We offer veterans and transitioning service members, a veterans’ hiring preference, expedited hiring process and a Veteran Support Program – only a few of the reasons why you should apply to join CBP.

Excellent Pay and Benefits

CBP offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package to reflect the dedication and contributions of our employees. Click the below links to explore Pay and Benefits for each U.S. Border Patrol position.

Hiring Preference

CBP provides preference to veterans who have been discharged or released from active duty in the Armed Forces under honorable conditions. As defined in 5 U.S.C. 2101(2), “Armed Forces” means the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. The veteran must also be eligible under one of the preference categories listed on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) website or the Standard Form 50, Notification of Personnel Action.

Exciting Career, Continued Service

At CBP, no day is ever the same, but some things remain constant: vigilance, service to country and integrity. U.S. Border Patrol Agents are located across the country and work between the ports of entry to keep the American people safe. When you join CBP, you can continue your service to country in a new and different capacity.

Community Culture

One third of CBP’s employees have served in the military. If you are a veteran joining CBP, you will find many others that share your military background and principles. When it comes to principles, veterans personify CBP’s core values: vigilance, service to country and integrity. Furthermore, veterans fit well with CBP’s culture of teamwork and innovation.

Expedited Hiring Process

CBP uses a Veteran Recruitment Appointment to streamline the Border Patrol Agent hiring process for eligible veterans. If you are a transitioning service member, your recent military fitness test and medical examination may provide credit for successful completion of the required Border Patrol Agent fitness test and medical examination. 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 90 days.

Are you between the ages of 14 and 21 with an interest in serving in law enforcement? CBP has an Explorer Program designed for young men and women to receive experience in and exposure to law enforcement careers with CBP.

For questions or information regarding the U.S. Border Patrol Explorer Program (Border Patrol Agent), please send an email to: usbpexplorerprogram@cbp.dhs.gov.

If you already work in law enforcement or a first responder, you understand the reward in giving back to your community and helping those in need. At CBP, you can use your will to help and give back to your community by protecting the American people from dangerous threats and material attempting to cross the border between the ports of entry by becoming a Border Patrol Agent or by supporting Border Patrol Agents with humanitarian care and intake of processing detainees by becoming a Border Patrol Processing Coordinator.

Excellent Pay and Benefits

CBP offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package to reflect the dedication and contributions of our employees. Click the below links to explore Pay and Benefits for each U.S. Border Patrol position.

    Exciting Career

    At CBP, no day is ever the same, but some things remain constant: vigilance, service to country and integrity. Border Patrol Agents patrol the 6,000 miles of Mexican and Canadian international land borders and 2,000 miles of coastal waters surrounding the Florida Peninsula and the island of Puerto Rico. Agents work around the clock on assignments, in all types of terrain and weather conditions. Border Patrol Processing Coordinators work in facilities along the Southwest border assisting agents with caring for and processing arriving migrants.

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

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

    • Responding to electronic sensor alarms
    • Interpreting and following tracks, marks and other physical evidence
    • Using infrared scopes during night operations
    • Responding to aircraft sighting and other anti-smuggling activities
    • Performing farm and ranch checks, traffic checks, city patrols and transportation checks
    • Patrolling the international boundary and coastal waterways and using a variety of government assets (vehicles, horses, vessels, watercrafts, off-road vehicles, etc.)

    If you are interested in supporting Border Patrol Agents with humanitarian care and intake of processing detainees and providing clerical/administrative support to agents and other agency personnel, then apply today to become a Border Patrol Processing Coordinator. Typical assignments include:

    • Receiving and processing custody of detainees, maintaining security and well-being of detainees; inventorying, tagging and storing detainees’ personal property for tracking
    • Transporting detainees to court proceedings and medical facilities
    • Maintaining contact with other sectors, stations, agencies and foreign consulates and making arrangements for removal procedures, travel and escorts
    • Logging the status of welfare checks and visual inspections of cells and occupants
    • Drafting and maintaining administrative paperwork related to property, transportation and deportation

    Excellent Pay and Benefits

    CBP offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package to reflect the dedication and contributions of our employees. Click the below links to explore Pay and Benefits for each U.S. Border Patrol position.

    Exciting Career

    At CBP, no day is ever the same, but some things remain constant: vigilance, service to country and integrity. Border Patrol Agents patrol the 6,000 miles of Mexican and Canadian international land borders and 2,000 miles of coastal waters surrounding the Florida Peninsula and the island of Puerto Rico. Agents work around the clock on assignments, in all types of terrain and weather conditions. Border Patrol Processing Coordinators work in facilities along the Southwest border assisting agents with caring for and processing arriving migrants.