U.S. Border Patrol Still Looking For AgentsThere is about a week left for people to apply online for positions with Border Patrol and the process can take up to a year to complete.
Becoming a Border Patrol Agent can be a tough process, but rewarding in the end.
There is about a week left for people to apply online for positions with Border Patrol and the process can take up to a year to complete.
"For people who sort of have that patriotic bone in their body this is a good way to serve the country." Supervisory Baord Patrol Agent Alan Zeitvogel said.
The U.S. Border Patrol is looking for agents to protect the Southwest border and those who apply need to have be trained.
"It takes 6 months to a year from the time they apply until they're actually graduated through the academy and out doing the job. Even then they have a further probationary period that they have to satisfy." Assistant Chief Patrol Agent Jason Owens said.
Agents say the hiring process can get pretty lengthy and they need over 200-thousand applicants to fill 2,200 positions.
"By and large the agents are out patrolling with very little back-up in remote areas. They have to depend on themselves and the training to come home safe." Owens said.
That training includes 5 to 6 months at the academy, fitness tests and spanish lessons. Even though the process can take a while, agents say the job has a lot of perks.
"Your not in the military but your serving your country and basically on the front lines of the war on terror. That's our primary mission is to deter terrorists and terrorist weapons from entering the U.S." Zeitvogel said.
"Pay in most areas is considered really well along with the benefits that comes with it and the chance to do something to serve your country. To do a job that makes a difference." Owens said.
Making a difference by protecting America's borders.
The application process runs through September 30th and agents say they are still hoping for 27-thousand more applicants.