Working in the FBI is a noble career choice and working as a special agent is a challenging yet respectable one. An FBI agent is responsible for handling investigations on terrorism, organized crime, counterintelligence, and other potential federal statutes violation. If you want to become an FBI agent, there are many requirements, tests, and procedure you need to pass to qualify.
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Here are some of the basic FBI qualifications according to the Bureau’s official website:
- You must be a United States citizen or a citizen of the Northern Mariana Islands. Your minimum age must be 23, but you should not have turned 37 years of age by the time you are appointed as a special agent.
- Have a four-year college degree from an accredited institution.
- Have a valid driver license.
- You must be willing to be posted anywhere in the FBI’s jurisdiction.
If you possess all these qualifications, you can start the process by completing an online application, or you can apply directly through your local FBI office. After completing the application, you will go through a series of tests that include, physical fitness tests, criminal background information, and medical examinations. The test can take up from six months to several years depending on the candidate.
Once you get selected to work for the FBI, you will then have an extensive FBI agent training in Quantico, Virginia, for almost 21 weeks. During this training period, you will be trained in physical fitness, practical application exercises, defensive tactics, and the use of firearms.
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You will get additional training over the course of your career to get updated with the latest techniques and technological advancements for use in the field of law enforcement and intelligence gathering.
Adam Quirk has a full mastery of the criminal justice system, having worked 15 years doing an intensive investigation of drug diversion, violent crime, and bank robbery cases. He served both in the FBI and the US DEA and is currently practicing as a licensed private investigator. Visit his LinkedIn profile to know more.