How to Become an FBI Agent

by Shenron on February 6, 2010

Becoming an FBI Agent is probably one of the hardest things you’ll ever try and do in your life. Unlike the regular police force, FBI agents are expected to have much higher endurance and be more mentally sound than a regular officer. They are the best of the best in the law enforcement field and if you think you have what it takes, be ready to put in a lot of time and energy to join the elite group.

Become FBI Agent How to Become an FBI Agent

1.The preliminary requirements for becoming an FBI agent are very strict. Firstly, you must be between the ages of twenty three and thirty seven and be a United States citizen. In addition to those things, which most people automatically qualify for, you must be at pique physical condition and be ready to take on any physical challenges the agency throws at you. This doesn’t mean that working out at your local gym for half an hour a week qualifies you to be in tip top physical shape. Be sure you can complete the national standards for physical fitness with ease and then some. Your physical condition in the FBI is no joke. Lastly, you must have great vision. The FBI has outlined specific vision requirements that you must adhere to if you’re going to apply. It may seem like an odd requirement, but they can only have the best of the best on their squad and vision requirements are part of the whole package.

2.Assuming you meet all of the preliminary stuff, it’s time to step up the requirements. You must have at least a bachelor’s degree, preferably a master’s degree, in some type of specialty field. These things include the sciences, law, and other things. You can see a full list of degrees they recommend on the FBI website. Once you’ve gotten out of school with a degree, you can give your local agency a call to see what they recommend you do next. Normally, they will help you gather all of the required information to fill out an application form. Once you’ve submitted your application, the fun begins.

FBI Agent How to Become an FBI Agent

3.As with all government jobs, be prepared to be subjected to multiple background checks, drug tests, and anything else that may disqualify you from being a suitable candidate. Lie detector tests are common and by submitting an application, you’re agreeing to be subjected to all tests they may throw at you. Finally, if you make it past all of the tests they give you with flying colors, you’ll be sent off to Virginia to complete the FBI training school.

It’s a long road to becoming an FBI agent and if you can make it past all of the rigorous tests they throw your way, you’re still only half way there. Becoming an agent requires you to complete their training program, which is one of the most intense in the nation. And finally, once ALL of that is complete, you’ll more than likely be stuck with a boring desk job with the FBI until you’ve put in your time with them. After a few years of work behind a desk, you’ll more than likely get to fulfill the duties of an actual agent.

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