WHO MAY APPLY
This Special Agent (SA) posting is open to all qualified candidates within the United States (U.S.) and its territories. The FBI will use this to fill multiple vacancies around the country.
The mission of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is to protect the American people and uphold the Constitution of the United States.
We’re looking for people with unique skills, experiences, and backgrounds to become Special Agents. The one thing every SA shares is a belief in the mission of the FBI. They have the drive to help keep our nation safe, become part of something bigger than themselves, and take pride in making a difference in the communities they serve.
Special Agents are:
- Driven to find solutions to all types of problems.
- Compassionate and respectful to everyone they meet.
- Adaptable to a variety of situations, and able to keep a calm demeanor in the face of challenges.
- Well-spoken, well-written, and enjoy meeting, speaking and collaborating with people from different backgrounds.
- Physically fit and able to pass the physical fitness test (PFT).
You must meet the following requirements at the time of application:
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- Be a U.S. Citizen
- Be between 23 and 36 years of age (Exceptions) [see page 15]
- Have a bachelor's degree or master’s degree [see page 16] from a U.S.-accredited college or university. You should not apply if you have not received your bachelor’s degree
- Have at least two (2) years of full-time professional work experience [see page 16] or one (1) year if you have an advanced degree (master’s degree, doctorate degree)
- Possess a valid driver’s license and have six months of driving experience
- Meet the physical requirements
- Meet all FBI employment eligibility requirements
- Be able to obtain a Top Secret security clearance
- If you are currently active duty in the military, you must be within 15 months of completing your service before submitting your application
- Be available for assignment [see page 13] to any of the FBI’s 56 Field Offices
The SA position requires significant commitment and dedication. SAs must:
- Adhere to the highest standards of conduct, especially in maintaining honesty and integrity.
- Work a minimum of 50 hours per week, which may include irregular hours, and be on-call 24/7, including holidays and weekends.
- Maintain a level of fitness necessary to effectively respond to life-threatening situations on the job.
- Carry a firearm and be willing to use deadly force, if necessary.
- Be willing and able to participate in arrests, execution of search warrants, and other dangerous assignments.
BEFORE YOU APPLY
- You should review the following important resource before you apply Special Agent Selection Process, All You Need to Know to Apply. This guide provides helpful information about processing for the Special Agent position.
ABOUT THE APPLICATION PROCESS
The application process consists of the below-listed steps and you must successfully complete each step of the process. Those who meet the screening qualifications will be invited to complete the Phase I exam via an email notification.
- Step 1: Application & Screening [see page 6]
- Step 2: Phase I: Exam
- Step 3: Required Information [see page 6]
- Step 4: Meet and Greet/Review Process [see page 6]
- Step 5: Phase II: Writing Exercise & Interview
- Step 6: Physical Fitness Test (PFT) [see page 18]
- Step 7: Conditional Appointment Offer [see page 41]
- Step 8: Background Investigation [see page 12]
- Step 9: Basic Field Training Course (BFTC)
- Finish: Placement [see page 7]
Required Documentation for your Application
Please review all of the required items below. We will need all of these in order to make our decision about continuing you forward in the process.
- Official or Unofficial college transcript(s)
- A resume that reflects the Federal Resume Template format and meets the guidelines outlined in the Federal Resume Guide (see Required Documents here)
For applicants with current or prior federal work experience:
- SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action
For current or former members of the armed forces (one of the following):
- DD-214, Member 4 copy or Service 2 copy
- Statement of Service (if not yet separated)
For disabled veterans:
- DD-214, Member 4 copy or Service 2 copy
- VA letter, dated within one year
- SF-15 (optional)
- DO NOT attach a cover letter
- When scanning and uploading your document(s), please make sure that all pages are readable and facing upright in the same direction.
- DO NOT upload any picture files (JPEG, TIFF, PNG, BMP).
Salary and Compensation: New Special Agents, called New Agent Trainees or NATs, are paid on the GL schedule for Federal Law Enforcement Officers (LEO), beginning as a GL-10, step 1, while in training at Quantico. In addition to the base salary, NATs will also get locality pay for the Washington, D.C. area plus availability pay, which is 25% of the base and locality pay (the calculation is 25% x [base + locality]).
Upon graduation from training, your salary will be adjusted according to your field office assignment and Law Enforcement Officers’ availability pay. Check the OPM Pay Calculator to see locality pay for a specific geographic area. Upon completion of a two year probationary period, Special Agents will transition to the General Schedule (GS) pay scale. Most Special Agents are able to achieve a GS-13 level within five (5) years.
Reasonable Accommodations: The FBI provides Reasonable Accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. If you believe you have a disability that will require special arrangements during the hiring process, you may request a reasonable accommodation at any time by notifying your applicant coordinator. Each test in the hiring process is evaluated differently. Therefore, you must submit a reasonable accommodation request for each test, if needed. The decision to grant the requested accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
Equal Opportunity Employer: The FBI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for this vacancy. Except where otherwise provided by law, selection will be made without regard to, and there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, parental status, physical or mental disability, genetic information, age, sex, sexual orientation, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, or on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other non-merit factors.
Nepotism: Nepotism is the act of favoring relatives in the hiring process, and is prohibited by law. Public officials are prohibited from hiring or promoting relatives or relatives of officials in their chain of command, as well as actively or indirectly endorsing a relative’s appointment or promotion. During the hiring process, all selected candidates and FBI hiring managers will be required to certify they are not related to anyone involved in the hiring process.