How To Get Secret Service Training

The United States Secret Service is a federal law enforcement agency with offices located in the various states and overseas.  The agency has two primary missions.  The Secret Service provides protective services for the President, the Vice President, former presidents, visiting foreign dignitaries, and designated national political candidates.  The Secret service also performs criminal investigations in areas including counterfeiting of U.S. currency, fraud related to financial institutions and offenses involving money laundering.  The Secret Service has both uniformed police positions and special agent investigative positions available. Here's how to get started:

Basic Qualifications for Secret Service Training

  • Be between the ages of 21 and less than 40 for uniformed police officer positions or between the ages of 21 and less than 37 for special agent positions, at the time of hiring
  • Have a valid driver’s license
  • Have a high school diploma or the equivalent for uniformed police officer positions or have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education for special agent positions
  • Have visual acuity no worse than 20/60 uncorrected and that is correctable to 20/20 in each eye

Conditions of Employment for Secret Service Training

If selected, prior to appointment candidates will be required to:

  • Pass a drug screening test
  • Pass a polygraph examination
  • Pass a comprehensive background investigation
  • Pass a pre-employment medical examination (including vision, hearing, cardiovascular and mobility of extremities)
  • Qualify for a top secret clearance

Secret Service Training

Applicants selected for the uniformed division receive 12 weeks of intensive training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, GA, and 13 weeks of specialized training at the James J. Rowley Training Center in Laurel, MD.  Applicants selected for appointment as special agents receive 10 weeks of intensive training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) and 17 weeks of specialized training at the James J. Rowley Training Center.  Failure to pass all training requirements results in dismissal from the Secret Service.

How to Apply for Secret Service Training

Visit USAJOBS, the official job site of the U.S. Federal Government.  Find Secret Service (listed under the Department of Homeland Security) vacancy announcements and apply online.  Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are contacted and scheduled for required examinations, interviews, polygraph examinations, drug tests, and medical exams.  Those who successfully pass each stage are considered for appointment and entrance into training.  For further information, those interested in applying may contact the Secret Service Recruitment Program at 202-406-5830.

 

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