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  • I think everyone is making too big of a deal about this reciprocity thing. The background investigation (BI) is one step in a lengthy process, and it doesn't seem to me that the BI is where the hold up is. Most BIs can easily be done in less than two months, unless you have extensive foreign travel/contacts or have moved all over the country. I did not get reciprocity, despite my active clearance, and was in a class with people who got reciprocity and applied to the same announcement I did. They can bust through BIs if they need to in order to fill a class.

    I know the process is really frustrating as an applicant. Believe me. I have empathy for all you guys/gals. I made it through the whole process, sat around waiting for an offer for years, and then was asked to re-apply. I had to do it all over again. If you include my time waiting, I spent over 5 years as an ATF applicant. And I don't think there is anything wrong with venting here on this forum, commiserating with your fellow applicants.

    But try and maintain a positive attitude, especially when dealing with ATF HR staff. Remember, there are a lot of people that want this job. It is better to be in the process then out of the process.

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    • Any May ‘16 applicants been contacted by a BI, regardless if you have a current clearance or not

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      • Federal1030
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        About 7 weeks after the poly I received an email from a special investigator from the Personal Security Division asking to clarify if an internship was paid or unpaid but that was it- no follow up, no discussion of an interview with him, just radio silence.

      • Kmiech
        Kmiech commented
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        I’m still waiting on poly. BI is almost complete but no word on poly for months.

      • colonel87
        colonel87 commented
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        Yes, did my interview in June. That was my last step, just waiting on preference sheet and a call hopefully.
        Last edited by colonel87; 10-17-2018, 02:22 PM.

      • Jbmedina
        Jbmedina commented
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        Yea I was interviewed beginning of July.

    • Medical clearance received today

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      • I was advised that I am in the selection board/process. I am not sure what this means for an academy timeline, but I am hopeful. Can anyone that has knowledge advise?

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        • colonel87
          colonel87 commented
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          Congrats, was that from an email or a phone call? Sounds like you’re really close.

        • Celo182
          Celo182 commented
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          What exactly does that mean? What did they tell you via phone or email?

        • blok2400
          blok2400 commented
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          I’ve heard that there are selection panels for those that have completed everything. It makes sense, there’s got to be way more eligible applicants than available positions. I would guess you could pass everything and still not get selected.. or get selected the next time around. Just a guess.

        • Killyleagh690
          Killyleagh690 commented
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          the process is so long, any information they use for a board would be very outdated.

      • I'm Oct 15

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        • blok2400
          blok2400 commented
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          When did you get your final preference sheet ?

      • Well, I'm out, I failed my poly, because I could remember how many times I use THC 22 years ago so it looked like I was lying. Very frustrating after so long.
        Last edited by marathon; 10-18-2018, 02:40 PM.

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        • Jbmedina
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          They told you that? Or you think you failed? Because most people don’t feel confident after a poly.

      • Originally posted by Jbmedina View Post
        They told you that? Or you think you failed? Because most people don’t feel confident after a poly.
        Unless they sent you the “thin letter” in the mail or, you removed yourself out of the process, you are still in.

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        • marathon
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          They sent me an email saying I failed the next day.

      • Originally posted by marathon View Post
        They sent me an email saying I failed the next day.
        Dang! The next day! I thought they at least would have QC check it before they sent you the email.

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        • ainokea808
          ainokea808 commented
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          Highly doubt it, but is it possible that something else DQ'd you? Maybe it wasn't the polygraph... just a thought, but very sorry to hear that marathon. You plan on trying again?

        • marathon
          marathon commented
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          Nothing I can think of. My medical was done. I'm a current Fed LEO with 10 years experience.

        • ainokea808
          ainokea808 commented
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          Yeah that's surprising that it was the next day...

        • Pat1686
          Pat1686 commented
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          especially since its been about a week notice of results for a lot of people via email

      • Anyone hearing about a possible class in December? Some other agencies are sending people to CITP then so I wonder if ATF might send some people for that one.

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        • Pat1686
          Pat1686 commented
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          Im down in FLETC now and the academy doesn't know what the deal is with dates or how many classes are being run. I ask every week!

        • colonel87
          colonel87 commented
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          Oh geez lol that is encouraging.

        • Pat1686
          Pat1686 commented
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          For future reference, I am not at the academy, I am going through CITP for another agency. Praying everyday to get the call

      • Got disclosure email today. Hadn't heard anything since updated location forms mid July. So about 3 months between the two steps for me personally. Hopefully good news for more Oct. 15's

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        • colonel87
          colonel87 commented
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          Good for you, that’s great news.

      • Anyone else get the disclosure form today? Seems very quiet.

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        • ZT91
          ZT91 commented
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          Nope. Nothing here.

      • So. I received an email inviting me to a Q&A at the local Field Office. Sounds informal, but i have never heard of this step in the process. Anyone gotten anything recently or know anything about it?
        USMS Schedule B WAVE 1
        12/10/18- USMS Info Session
        3/25/19- USMS Interview
        4/24/19- USMS invite to apply online
        5/28/19 - Referred to USMS.
        7/03/19- Received TOL
        8/16/19-Initial Medical
        8/29/19-Completed Medical
        9/19/19-Received E-quip
        9/23/19-Completed Fingerprints

        Current USMS TFO

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        • ainokea808
          ainokea808 commented
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          If you're at the end of the process, could it be a chance for you to ask any questions you want and concerns you may have before an FJO?

      • Originally posted by money_mike View Post
        So. I received an email inviting me to a Q&A at the local Field Office. Sounds informal, but i have never heard of this step in the process. Anyone gotten anything recently or know anything about it?
        Are you just starting the process?

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        • blok2400
          blok2400 commented
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          I did some research he’s Nov 17 candidate

        • money_mike
          money_mike commented
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          yeah, it was a mistaken email. They said they intended to send me the email for a structured interview. I just did the interview on 11/15/18. Nov' 17 candidate.

      • Do anyone know how I can update my information? Such as new address, additional family member, education, etc? Who do I contact?

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        • Killyleagh690
          Killyleagh690 commented
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          I would like to know this answer also.

        • JingleHeimerJiffy
          JingleHeimerJiffy commented
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          Send it to the applicant info email or call them and email someone directly. Also if you put a request in the email asking if they could confirm receipt of the email they usually respond so you aren't wondering if they got it or how long until they see it.

        • Jbmedina
          Jbmedina commented
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          Thanks! That worked

      • Is this Q&A referred to as a panel interview in your email? Hahahaha.

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