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United States Border Patrol Requirements

In this website it will tell you what you need to join.

Major Requirements:

More on Salary: Border Patrol Agent is a career ladder position with a grade level progression of GL-5, GL-7, GL-9, GS-11, and GS-12. You will be eligible for a promotion to the next higher grade level (without re-applying) once you successfully complete one year in each grade level, with supervisor approval. For example if you started as a BPA in December 2017 you could:

Start as a BPA in December 2017 as a GL-5 and make $52,583 per year

  • Be promoted in December 2018 to GL-7 and make $62,949 per year
  • Be promoted in December 2019 to GL-9 and make $70,784 per year
  • Be promoted in December 2020 to GS-11 and make $83,054 per year
  • Be promoted in December 2021 to GS-12 and make $97,486 per year
  • CBP offers substantial leave benefits and unique training opportunities to reward and reinvest in its employees. Below is a summary of paid time off from the job:

  • 13 to 26 days of annual leave accrued per year (variation based on years Federal service)
  • 10 Federal holidays per year
  • 15 days of military reserve leave
  • 13 days of sick leave accrued per year
  • Opportunities for paid training
  • Entry level: Entry level positions consist of the GL-5, GL-7, and GL-9 positions that you can apply to on USAJobs.

    New agents are usually assigned to a station along the southwest border after completion of the Border Patrol Academy in Artesia, New Mexico.

    Journeyman: As you progress to the journeyman positions, you typically gain responsibilities, learn new duties, and are held accountable to higher performance standards.

    Promotion up to the GS-12 level is non-competitive, meaning you are eligible for promotion every year, with supervisor approval.

    Supervisory: At the supervisory level, you become responsible to lead others and accept more responsibility.

    Leadership can be challenging but also very rewarding.

    Executive: Beyond the GS-15 level is the Senior Executive Service (SES), which makes up CBP’s executive leadership.

    SES typically make organizational decisions, provide vision for the organization, and interact with Congress and other executive external stakeholders.

    Staff health is of the utmost importance to CBP. Agents are eligible to choose from a variety of premium federal health insurance programs. Programs available include:

  • Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program
  • Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP)
  • Federal Flexible Spending Account Program (FSAFEDS)
  • Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP)
  • Generous Retirement:

    Employees that retire from CBP can count on the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) to enjoy life after working. FERS includes the following three streams of income:

    1. Thrift Savings Plan:

    Similar to a 401(k) plan, the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) is a defined contribution plan designed to give federal employees the same retirement savings related benefits that workers in the private sector enjoy with 401(k) plans. Contributions to the plan are automatically deducted from each paycheck, the amount which is chosen by employees, and is transferable if you change employers. An additional benefit to the TSP is employer matching contributions; up to 5% of your base salary. Learn more.

    2. FERS Basic Annuity under special provisions:

    Border Patrol Agents that serve in federal government with at least 20 years of law enforcement service are eligible for the generous FERS basic annuity. This guaranteed lifetime pension, paid to retirees is a percentage of your highest average basic pay you earned during any 3 consecutive years of service.

    3. Social Security:

    You receive social security retirement payments, the benefits of which are transferable when you change employers. Learn more about Social Security retirement benefits.

    Law Enforcement 6(c) Retirement Coverage: Being in a frontline position at CBP qualifies you for 6(c) retirement coverage. What does that mean? 6(c) retirement coverage means you can retire at any age after 25 years of service or at age 50 with at least 20 years of service. 6(c) eligibility is a factor for determining your FERS basic annuity.

    Additional Benefits:

    Employees may also be eligible for the following benefits:

    Tuition Assistance Program (TAP): The TAP reimburses CBP federal employees for off-duty post-secondary education costs of tuition, fees, and books. Employees may apply for benefits up to $1,500 per course and $4,500 per calendar year for professional certification or for any two- or four-year degree. This includes all degrees – associates, bachelors, masters, doctorates.

    Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee (COAC) Members

    Lenny Feldman is a Senior Member and serves on the Operating Committee of Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg,

    P.A. Lenny innovatively and efficiently advises importers, exporters, customs brokers, freight forwarders, carriers, couriers and others to develop and adopt

    best practices and compliance strategies in the import and export context regarding the numerous regulatory agencies affecting the supply chain.

    Prior to joining the firm, Lenny served nine years as a senior attorney with U.S. Customs & Border Protection (formerly the U.S. Customs Service)

    responsible for issuing national rulings, decisions and directives relating to import and export compliance and enforcement and for training customs officials globally.

    He then served as the Chief Compliance Officer of a software development company created to automate global import and export regulatory requirements.

    Over the years, the Vice President of the United States, the World Customs Organization, the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the Florida Customs Brokers and Forwarders

    Association as well as other associations and trade publications have recognized Lenny for his accomplishments.

    By serving as Chairman of the World Trade Center Miami and on local and national boards and task forces Lenny passionately advocates for laws, policies and strategies that increase two-way trade and stimulate international business.

    Mr. Feldman was reappointed to the 15th term of the COAC.

    Lisa Gelsomino

    Committee Member – COAC Trade Co-Chair

    Lisa Gelsomino is the President/CEO and founding partner of Avalon Risk Management, a leading provider of customs bonds and other insurance solutions for the international trade and logistics industry.

    Lisa has over 25 years of experience in the industry, and is an active member of the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association (NCBFAA), the Pacific Coast Council (PCC),

    and the Trade Support Network (TSN). She serves on the NCBFAA ISF subcommittee and is part of the Trade Leadership Council for the TSN co-chairing the Supply Chain Security subcommittee that assisted with CTPAT Portal outreach.

    She also serves on the TSN Revenue, eBond, and Surety Account subcommittees. Ms. Gelsomino is on the Board of the International Trade Surety Association and works with CBP through the Customs Surety Executive Committee (CSEC).

    Ms. Gelsomino has conducted extensive outreach to help the trade better understand CBP’s trade and enforcement initiatives. Ms. Gelsomino is the licensed corporate insurance holder for Avalon nationwide and is pursuing her ARM, CPCU,

    and CCS professional designations. She holds an M.B.A. from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Business and B.S. (Magna Cum Laude) from Northern Illinois University.

    During the 14th Term of COAC, Ms. Gelsomino served as the Trade Co-Chair for the Trade Enforcement & Revenue Collection (TERC) subcommittee and continues to be the trade lead for the AD/CVD, Bond, Forced Labor,

    Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ), and Pipeline Working Groups. She also serves on the COAC 1USG, Global Supply Chain, and Trade Modernization subcommittees,

    which provide guidance to CBP on ACE, eCommerce, CTPAT, CBP Centers, in-bond regulations, international engagement, and other important trade matters as they arise. Ms. Gelsomino was reappointed to COAC for the 15th term.

    Sector Stations
  • Big Bend Sector Texas Presidio Station, Van Horn Station, Big Bend Sub-Station, Sanderson Station, Alpine Station, Sierra Blanca Station , Fort Stockton Station, Lubbock Station , Midland Station, Marfa Station, Pecos Station, Amarillo Sub-Station
  • Blaine Sector Washington Sumas Station, Blaine Station, Port Angeles Station, Bellingham Station
  • Buffalo Sector New York Erie Station, Oswego Station, Rochester Station, Wellesley Island Station, Buffalo Station , Niagara Falls Station
  • Del Rio Sector Texas San Angelo Station, Del Rio Station, Brackettville Station , Comstock Station, Abilene Station, Eagle Pass Station, Eagle Pass South Station, Rocksprings Station, Carrizo Springs Station, Uvalde Station
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  • El Centro Sector California El Centro Station , Calexico Station , Indio Station
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  • Grand Forks Sector North Dakota Pembina Station, International Falls Station, Grand Forks Station, Portal Station, Bottineau Station, Warroad Station, Grand Marais Station, Duluth Station
  • Havre Sector Montana St. Mary Station, Havre Station, Plentywood Station , Scobey Station, Malta Station, Sweetgrass Station
  • Houlton Sector Maine Van Buren Station, Jackman Station, Fort Fairfield Station, Houlton Station, Rangeley Station, Calais Station
  • Laredo Sector Texas Laredo South Station, Dallas Station, Cotulla Station, Hebbronville Station, Zapata Station, Laredo West Station, Freer Station, Laredo North Station, San Antonio Station
  • Miami Sector Florida Tampa Station, Marathon Station, West Palm Beach Station, Jacksonville Station , Dania Beach Station, Orlando Station
  • New Orleans Sector Louisiana New Orleans Station, Gulfport Station, Lake Charles Station, Mobile Station, Baton Rouge Station
  • Ramey Sector Aguadilla Puerto Rico Ramey Station
  • Rio Grande Valley Sector Texas Rio Grande City Station, Harlingen Station, Fort Brown Station, McAllen Station, Brownsville Station , Falfurrias Station, Corpus Christi Station, Weslaco Station, Kingsville Station
  • San Diego Sector California Imperial Beach Station, Brown Field Station, Campo Station, San Clemente Station, El Cajon Station, Theodore L. Newton, Jr. and George F. Azrak Station, Chula Vista Station, Boulevard Station
  • Spokane Sector Washington Bonners Ferry Station, Colville Station, Curlew Station, Eureka Station, Metaline Falls Station, Oroville Station, Whitefish Station
  • Swanton Sector Vermont Beecher Falls Station, Massena Station, Ogdensburg Station , Champlain Station, Burke Station, Newport Station, Richford Station, Swanton Station
  • Tucson Sector Arizona Nogales Station, Ajo Station, Tucson Station, Brian A. Terry Station, Sonoita Station, Douglas Station, Willcox Station, Casa Grande Station
  • Yuma Sector Arizona Blythe Station, Yuma Station, Wellton Station