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    Im an MP K9 handling combat vet with two AAs, hooray for me.

    Its been a few years of heavy app-filing with both local and fed LE agencies. Ive always aced my interviews and people seemed to want me (incl. a retired USSS ASAIC of the white house who's willing to help me with his own former agency). BUT regardless of my "likeability," I continue to trip up primarilybecause of my minor color vision deficiency.

    So instead of beating a deadhorse in search of waivers or the right agency that doesnt test color vision, etc.. Id like to hear what kind of support positions exist in the law enforcement field that probably dont test for color vision.

    Federal job series numbers would be greatly appreciated! (ie: 1800 series?)


    Thanks everyone.

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    0007 doesn't test for color vision and I don't think most 0083 positions do either.
    Those who have struggled with failure more appreciate success; than those who succeed but never themselves test.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by 3531Marine View Post
      0007 doesn't test for color vision and I don't think most 0083 positions do either.
      Sweet thanks. Im in the process for a 0083 gig right now.

      Do you know if BOP has K9?

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      • #4
        If you are looking to do investigations, and are not concerned about policing, you can try the 1801 series. Be advised that the series covers investigations and analysts, so you will get a broad range of positions falling under that category.

        Commerce has 1801s that do trade investigations into WTO violations (plenty of international travel if you want it). No physical requirements at all, but you will need to get a BS/BA degree to have a shot.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by 31BZ6 View Post
          Sweet thanks. Im in the process for a 0083 gig right now.

          Do you know if BOP has K9?
          They do not. I know TSA does though and posts announcements pretty often for them. Without being current TSA it may be difficult to get in to but having K9 experience may make up for that.
          Those who have struggled with failure more appreciate success; than those who succeed but never themselves test.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by 31BZ6 View Post
            Do you know if BOP has K9?
            I seem to remember hearing that Lewisburg has or had one. It would make sense given the type of prison it is, but I'm not sure.
            I’ll die with blue in my veins.

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            • #7
              0080 (Security Specialist) covers a wide range of duties, some of which are LE and sworn.

              0083 (Police Officer) though some agencies do a full medical, others such not so.

              1810 (General Investigation)

              Sometimes when culling through USAJobs, its better to search by keyword as opposed to series. Sometimes you will find an "enforcement" or other position under an odd series, or which doesn't come up using a standard search for some reason.
              Originally posted by SSD
              It has long been the tradition on this forum and as well as professionally not to second guess or Monday morning QB the officer's who were actually on-scene and had to make the decision. That being said, I don't think that your discussion will go very far on this board.
              Originally posted by Iowa #1603
              And now you are arguing about not arguing..................

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              • #8
                There was actually a court case here in NY a few years ago where some unions were challenging the color blindness restriction as unconstitutional. It may actually still be ongoing, but I haven't heard anything in a while.

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                • #9
                  I assume that if you turn that AA into a BA or a BS you will go another notch up the ladder.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by 31BZ6 View Post
                    Im an MP K9 handling combat vet with two AAs, hooray for me.

                    Federal job series numbers would be greatly appreciated! (ie: 1800 series?)


                    Thanks everyone.
                    I'm surprised you haven't tried applying for a TSA position. I currently work for them as a Explosive Detection Canine Handler. The occupational series is an 1801; which seems to be what your looking for.

                    It has been stated that it is very competitive right now; and that definitely is the case. However, if your willing to move for a job, I don't see any reason why you couldn't get a job with us. We have vets with no degrees and no canine experience, but they were also hired 5-6 years ago. Now that more veterans are coming back to the Federal workforce, it's becoming highly competitive.

                    Since I can shed some light on the position for you; there are 3 types of canine handlers that the TSA has. The first one is a cargo screening canine program. Our job is to screen cargo being put on passenger aircraft. The second is a multi-model canine program. Their job ranges from screening cargo, to doing joint searches with other Federal agencies like USMS. The newest and last program is the Passenger Screening Canine program. Their job is to man the checkpoint and to screen passgers either before or after the screening checkpoint. The goal is to reduce wait times and to allow people to not have to take off their shoes, belts, ect.

                    Most people think our agency is a joke; and in some cases, their right. However, the screening workforce is completely different than the Inspections side of the house. Your going to have bad apples anywhere you go. Your coming from the military just like I did, and this agency is no different. Your going to have some people who just don't get it.

                    However, I will say that you do get some excellent benefits with the job. Your paid OT for taking care of the dog (1 hour of OT for everyday you take the dog home, which is required), a take home vehicle (gas/toll is all paid for), all supplies for the dog are paid for, they build you a very nice kennel if you have the backyard space for it, Hazard duty pay for when you draw explosives for training, and I'm sure there's more that I'm forgetting.

                    Hope that sheds some light on the position for you. If you have any other questions, you can shoot me a private message (although I'm not on here very often).

                    Good luck!

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                    • #11
                      CPLHUEY,
                      thanks for the info.
                      can you pm me, i have some questions about the edch job.
                      i tried to pm you but i guess the settings aren't set up for you to pm.

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