Border Patrol Agents

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

U.S. Southwest Border

NOW RECRUITING: Border Patrol is currently seeking men and women to protect America's southwest borders as Border Patrol Agents. Your job will be to help prevent the entry of terrorists and terrorist weapons into the United States. You will also detect and prevent the smuggling and unlawful entry of undocumented aliens into the United States, and apprehend those who violate our nation's immigration laws. You will also play a primary role in drug interdiction along the borders. 

To apply, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be physically fit
  • Under age 40

To qualify, you must be able to successfully complete fitness and drug tests, a thorough background investigation and a medical examination. You must also possess a valid state driver's license. You will be recruited at the GS-5 or GS-7 level. The Border Patrol Agent position has an accelerated promotion plan, which means that upon successful completion of the 6 1/2 month probationary examination, individuals hired at the GS-5 level are eligible for promotion to GS-7, and individuals hired at GS-7 are eligible for promotion to the GS-9. You will have non-competitive promotion potential to GS-11. Your initial duty location could be anywhere along the southwest border.


You must be a U.S. citizen and meet one or more of the following primary residence criteria for the last three years prior to submitting your application for employment:

  • Reside in the United States or its protectorates or territories (excluding short trips abroad, such as vacations)
  • Worked for the United States government as an employee overseas in a federal or military capacity
  • Been a dependent of a U.S. federal or military employee serving overseas

Beyond the satisfaction of protecting America's border in the Southwest, Border Patrol Agents are rewarded with excellent pay and an outstanding federal benefits package. If you want to work in an exciting environment of high public trust, with wide-open spaces and opportunities to match, consider the role of a Border Patrol Agent with U.S. Customs and Border Protection.


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