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  • Originally posted by Talon Razor View Post
    Hey, what is being a CBP Officer like? My landlord is one and he keeps telling me I should apply to be an officer up here in Alaska because they have such a hard time keeping people up here. He says they are always looking for guys up here. Is this true? Do you get to choose like that where you go?
    I'll say it's more or less true. Especially if you're willing to work in places like Dalton Cache, Ketchican, Skagway, etc.

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    • Originally posted by koalica View Post
      just wondering, does anyone know if a "990" area code is used when getting "the call"? It's the 2nd time I've missed it already and frankly I'd hate to get my hopes too high up there only to answer to a prank-calling buddy or something
      Nah DC is a 202 and MHC is 6xx.

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      • Originally posted by tippmann87 View Post
        Not necessarily true.....I got into TSU before AmahastPL for IAD and he's already at FLETC while I still wait for the call........
        how did that happen?

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        • Originally posted by UofU76 View Post
          how did that happen?
          Dont believe the hype. Its more random than you might be led to believe. For example maybe there is a request by a port to get a few more female officers on board, they would most likely skip you and get a few female's down to FLETC. And if you think there aren't any applicants who know someone who knows someone at the MHC, that would be a wrong assumption. There are a bunch of reasons why you could just sit there while newer applicants are getting picked up. Not what anyone wants to hear, but that is a harsh reality of the world.

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          • Originally posted by barnaj View Post
            Dont believe the hype. Its more random than you might be led to believe. For example maybe there is a request by a port to get a few more female officers on board, they would most likely skip you and get a few female's down to FLETC. And if you think there aren't any applicants who know someone who knows someone at the MHC, that would be a wrong assumption. There are a bunch of reasons why you could just sit there while newer applicants are getting picked up. Not what anyone wants to hear, but that is a harsh reality of the world.
            I know a guy who got picked up in record time. One year out of High school, had only one job in his life and it was part time. Did not even qualify for GS-5. Took the test 6 months after me, did all the steps after me, got hired and already graduated from FLETC. It was either great timing and he lucked out, or his father helped out.(He is a special Agent for DHS)
            Who knows? The lady at TSU told me first come first served as far as the TSU line goes, but you never know.

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            • Originally posted by UofU76 View Post
              I know a guy who got picked up in record time. One year out of High school, had only one job in his life and it was part time. Did not even qualify for GS-5. Took the test 6 months after me, did all the steps after me, got hired and already graduated from FLETC. It was either great timing and he lucked out, or his father helped out.(He is a special Agent for DHS)
              Who knows? The lady at TSU told me first come first served as far as the TSU line goes, but you never know.
              You do the math. Ive worked a ton of jobs, customer service, manager, 6+ yrs military, and just got a gs-5. This dude obviously didnt qualify. Im sure daddy-o had a say in it.

              Edit: On the other hand im not to proud to get a helping hand. I wish i knew someone, i'd take the favor and run with it!
              Last edited by barnaj; 07-30-2009, 11:11 AM.

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              • Originally posted by UofU76 View Post
                I know a guy who got picked up in record time. One year out of High school, had only one job in his life and it was part time. Did not even qualify for GS-5. Took the test 6 months after me, did all the steps after me, got hired and already graduated from FLETC. It was either great timing and he lucked out, or his father helped out.(He is a special Agent for DHS)
                Who knows? The lady at TSU told me first come first served as far as the TSU line goes, but you never know.

                He must have qualified as a GS-05; else he wouldn't have been offered the job.

                Experience Requirements for a GS-5 level: Applicants must have at least three (3) years of general experience that require the ability to meet and deal with people and the ability to learn and apply a body of facts. Examples of such duties include explaining administrative requirements and procedures to others and screening forms to ensure that they are completed properly in accordance with requirements. These duties may have been performed in customer service, claims adjustment, information receptionist, assistant, aid, and secretarial/clerical positions. Positions involving lead and supervisory duties or operating a business should also have provided the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. The performance of predominately typing, filing, copying, messenger duties, or other purely mechanistic tasks, is not creditable as general experience, nor is experience in trades, crafts, or equipment operator work.


                A sixteen year old big sister( read: parenting assistant) could qual as a GS-05, if she writes up her babysitting experience explaining her supervisory experience, her duties in following and explaining administrative requirements and procedures, and her experience with screening forms to ensure that they are completed properly in accordance with requirements.

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                • Originally posted by merlin436 View Post
                  He must have qualified as a GS-05; else he wouldn't have been offered the job.

                  Experience Requirements for a GS-5 level: Applicants must have at least three (3) years of general experience that require the ability to meet and deal with people and the ability to learn and apply a body of facts. Examples of such duties include explaining administrative requirements and procedures to others and screening forms to ensure that they are completed properly in accordance with requirements. These duties may have been performed in customer service, claims adjustment, information receptionist, assistant, aid, and secretarial/clerical positions. Positions involving lead and supervisory duties or operating a business should also have provided the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. The performance of predominately typing, filing, copying, messenger duties, or other purely mechanistic tasks, is not creditable as general experience, nor is experience in trades, crafts, or equipment operator work.


                  A sixteen year old big sister( read: parenting assistant) could qual as a GS-05, if she writes up her babysitting experience explaining her supervisory experience, her duties in following and explaining administrative requirements and procedures, and her experience with screening forms to ensure that they are completed properly in accordance with requirements.
                  Winner winner chicken dinner! MHC called him and told him he did not qualify, and then asked him. Did you baby sit in high school, he said no, and they asked are you sure? Because that would qualify you. He then said yes, and that was that. Whoever was working with him at MHC, walked him through everything. Each time he ran into a snag, they walked him through it. He ran into a snag during background, one call from dad cleared it up. Don’t know all the details on BI part.
                  Last edited by UofU76; 07-30-2009, 12:52 PM.

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                  • You're saying I don't need a college degree for GS-5?!?! Someone got a better deal. I want my tuition refund!
                    _____________
                    CBPO - Washington Northern Border
                    Test: 2/27/2009
                    NOR: 3/09/09 (81% w/o vet.)
                    TO: 4/09/09
                    Background: Met with BI on 6/18/09
                    TSU: 6/11/09

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                    • Originally posted by barnaj View Post
                      You do the math. Ive worked a ton of jobs, customer service, manager, 6+ yrs military, and just got a gs-5. This dude obviously didnt qualify. Im sure daddy-o had a say in it.

                      Edit: On the other hand im not to proud to get a helping hand. I wish i knew someone, i'd take the favor and run with it!
                      I hear you, I think most of us would run with it.
                      6 years in the military should of got you GS-7. No??
                      Last edited by UofU76; 07-30-2009, 12:56 PM.

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                      • Originally posted by UofU76 View Post
                        I hear you, I think most of us would run with it.
                        6 years in the military should of got you GS-7. No??
                        Nope and on top of that i went thru CBP basic training in 2007. Not good enough i guess. They must think people with degrees in finance are better suited for GS-7's.

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                        • Experience Requirements for a GS-7 level: Applicants must have one (1) year of specialized experience that entailed performance of substantive duties in inspections work at borders, seaports, airports or other ports of entry and/or work involving preliminary screening of persons for entry and immigration status, or compliance/regulatory work. Inspections experience must have demonstrated the ability to apply specialized knowledge of the laws, regulations, and procedures for importing and exporting merchandise to and from the United States and/or law enforcement work at the local, State or Federal levels, which included dealing with persons suspected of entering the United States illegally. Compliance/regulatory work experience must have demonstrated the ability to collect, develop, and evaluate facts, evidence, and pertinent data in assessing compliance with or violations of laws, rules or regulations. Specialized experience is generally gained in the performance of the duties of the following kinds of positions in the private/public sectors: Inspector, Auditor, Analyst, Examiner, Administrator, and Investigator as well as some Technicians and Assistants.

                          You qualify for a GS-07, if you meet the above.

                          FYI, qualifying for a GS-07 and receiving a GS-07 are two very different things. Lots of folks qualify for a GS-07 who end up for one reason or another accepting a GS-05.

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                          • Quals and CBPO fact sheet...in case anyone is interested.

                            http://www.cbp.gov/linkhandler/cgov/...fact_sheet.pdf

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                            • Originally posted by merlin436 View Post
                              Experience Requirements for a GS-7 level: Applicants must have one (1) year of specialized experience that entailed performance of substantive duties in inspections work at borders, seaports, airports or other ports of entry and/or work involving preliminary screening of persons for entry and immigration status, or compliance/regulatory work. Inspections experience must have demonstrated the ability to apply specialized knowledge of the laws, regulations, and procedures for importing and exporting merchandise to and from the United States and/or law enforcement work at the local, State or Federal levels, which included dealing with persons suspected of entering the United States illegally. Compliance/regulatory work experience must have demonstrated the ability to collect, develop, and evaluate facts, evidence, and pertinent data in assessing compliance with or violations of laws, rules or regulations. Specialized experience is generally gained in the performance of the duties of the following kinds of positions in the private/public sectors: Inspector, Auditor, Analyst, Examiner, Administrator, and Investigator as well as some Technicians and Assistants.

                              You qualify for a GS-07, if you meet the above.

                              FYI, qualifying for a GS-07 and receiving a GS-07 are two very different things. Lots of folks qualify for a GS-07 who end up for one reason or another accepting a GS-05.
                              Yeah, it doesnt bother me like it does some. I figure by the time you get thru pre-academy and fletc your only a few months out from being a 7 anyway. Plus military vets get the extra leave time every pay period, so thats nice.

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                              • I was wondering if anyone else applied for the Law Enforcement Specialist position that was posted early this month for ICE. It seems like it would be a pretty fun job.

                                I guess my only question is, for people who live up near Williston, VT (Just outside of Burlington), why on earth are the houses up there in the 200k to 500k range, with trailers being near the 200k range and nice houses in the 400k range.

                                I used to live in NE Pennsylvania and you could still find reasonable houses there in the 100-200k range (and we were only 1-2 hrs from NYC)...

                                I guess that is the only part that makes me hesitant to take the position (if offered of course).
                                CBPO:
                                EXAM: 8/08
                                NOR: 9/9/08 - 98
                                T.O.: 2/2/09
                                GEO - E. TX
                                Forms - 2/6/09
                                Quals - 4/13/09
                                Med - 2/27/09 Clr 4/10/09
                                VBT - 3/10/09 Clr 4/6/09
                                UDS - 6/24/09
                                BI - Met w. B.I. 4/12/09 clr 7/2/09
                                Fitness - 3/9/09
                                TSU - 7/2/09
                                ___________________

                                Law Enforcement Specialist (ICE)
                                GEO: VT
                                NOR: 99 (GS-11)
                                T.O.: 10/28/09
                                B.I.: clr 3/12/10
                                E.O.D.: 4/11/2010!!!

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