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U.S Border Patrol: Border Patrol Agents

The following information was provided by U.S Border Patrol

For those who prefer the terrain less traveled, your mission awaits. Every day, Border Patrol agents protect our country against illegal activity, narcotics, human trafficking, and terrorism while providing aid to those in need. Our mission may start at borders, but our impact extends across the nation—for every person and every mile of it.


Eligible Applicants must

  • Be a U.S. citizen with U.S. residency for at least three of the last five years (military exception)

  • Be referred for selection prior to age 40 (waiver based on Veterans Preference eligibility)

  • Have one year of full-time work experience

  • Pass a structured interview, background investigation, and polygraph exam

  • Meet medical, fitness, and drug; testing standards

  • Have a valid driver’s license

  • Be eligible to carry a firearm

  • Not have convictions, including misdemeanor domestic violence charges


  • Competitive salary with up to $38K in locality, overtime, and premium pay annually

  • Long-term career progression, including rapid promotion potential and opportunities for supervisory and leadership roles.


  • 10 paid holidays per year

  • 13-26 days of personal leave a year

  • 13 days of sick leave accrued per year

  • 117 days of in-depth instruction at the USBP Academy (covering criminal law, immigration, Spanish, emergency vehicle operations, and weapon marksmanship), plus opportunities for paid training


  • Federal Employee Health Benefits Program

  • Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program

  • Federal Flexible Spending Account Program

  • Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program

  • Employee Assistance Program


  • Thrift Savings Plan

  • Federal Retirement Plan

  • Federal Employees Group Life Insurance

  • Law Enforcement Retirement Benefits


  • Currently, all new agents will be stationed along the southwest border

  • Eligible agents may have the opportunity to change duty locations after a period of time


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This WIOA Title I financially assisted program or activity is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. If you need special assistance to participate in this program, please call (714) 480-6500. TDD/TTY users, please call the California Relay Service at (800) 735-2922 or 711. Please call 72 hours in advance to allow the OC Workforce Solutions Center to make reasonable arrangements to ensure accessibility to this program.

The views, information, or opinions expressed by the organization(s) mentioned are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of the County of Orange and its employees.


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