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CBP U.S. Border Patrol Accepting Applications

Release Date: 
July 23, 2010

Washington - U.S. Customs and Border Protection is currently taking applications for Border Patrol Agents with duty locations on the Southwest Border. The open period began July 14 and closes September 30. Early hiring consideration will be given to those applicants who complete the online registration process by July 31 and test by August 27.

CBP is an equal opportunity employer.

Five things a Border Patrol recruit can expect:

  1. Border Patrol recruits earn between $38,000 and $49,000 during their first year, with the potential of earning up to $70,000 per year within three years of service.
  2. Benefits include federal health insurance, life insurance, retirement and additional pay in overtime opportunities.
  3. Successful Border Patrol candidates will complete a rigorous screening process, which includes a written examination and structured interview, language aptitude or Spanish proficiency test, along with an initial and second physical fitness test, medical examination, and drug test.
  4. Training is provided and includes a 55-day basic training program. Those who have not successfully passed the Spanish proficiency exam in the academy will complete an additional 40-day Spanish immersion course upon completing the training. All training is conducted in Artesia, N.M.
  5. Initial assignments will be in Arizona, California, New Mexico or Texas.


As the primary federal law enforcement agency between the ports of entry, the U.S. Border Patrol is the mobile, uniformed law enforcement arm of U.S. Customs and Border Protection within the Department of Homeland Security.

The Border Patrol's mission is to prevent terrorists and their weapons of terrorism from entering the United States. The Border Patrol's endeavor is to enforce the laws that protect America's homeland through the detection, interdiction and apprehension of those individuals who attempt to illegally enter or smuggle any person or contraband across our nation's sovereign borders.

Last modified: 
February 3, 2021