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  • Originally posted by abrown21 View Post
    Random question here... Has anyone had a scheduled PFT/Med and not receive the fedex envelope before the test? I was scheduled on Tuesday, received an confirmation email yesterday, and the appointment is tomorrow at 10:00 am. I guess Fedex can still deliver a package from now until 5pm (?) but the CHS office is closed now.

    Any suggestions on what to do?

    The person that emailed you should have sent an attachment with the email since the appointment is so close. They know that the FedEx will not arrive to your house on time. You should give them a call and ask about it. I had the same situation and they were able to email the documents to me.

    Have you heard anything back about your background?

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    • Originally posted by USMC_Stitch View Post
      Thanks for the info. It makes a little more sense, although I feel...a little put upon. Why wouldn't CBPO qualify for the LEO salary table? Do BPAs?

      It reminds me of my enlistment. I was given a flowery package, all wrapped up and handed to me by an high-nose English butler, but once I actually stepped foot in my unit...whole 'nother story.
      PAs are GL qualified.

      It all depends on the position descriptions and the definition of 'LEO' within the meaning of the 5 U.S.C. 8331 or 8401. PAs meet the definition, CBPOs do not. Plenty of other federal law enforcement officers are also not defined as 'LEOs" under 5USC8331/8401, so we're in good company.

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      • She did mention she'd have an attachment but she didn't attach anything. I'll have to give them a call tomorrow morning.

        I have not heard anything about my background investigation. CASS still shows as "We have not received the background investigation documentation which is required to begin your investigation."
        CBPO
        Geo: SWB
        Written Exam: 10/14/11
        NOR: 11/7/11
        TO: 11/14/11
        TSL: 11/30/11
        E-Qip & SF-86: 12/05/11

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        • GL pay ends at GL-10. It also is scaled so that the difference between GS-05 pay and GL-05 pay is far greater than the difference between GS-10 pay and GL-10 pay.

          In a practical sense, what it means is that for the few 2/3 years you might see a noticable difference between the GL scale and the GS scale. GL employees convert to GS employees at the GS-11 level. There is no difference at that point or at any point beyond GS-11.
          Last edited by merlin436; 12-15-2011, 09:03 PM.

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          • Originally posted by merlin436 View Post
            GL pay ends at GL-10. It also is scaled so that the difference between GS-05 pay and GL-05 pay is far greater than the difference between GS-10 pay and GL-10 pay.

            In a practical sense, what it means is that for the few 2/3 years you might see a noticable difference between the GL scale and the GS scale. GL employees convert to GS employees at the GS-11 level. There is no difference at that point or at any point beyond GS-11.
            And I said I'd drop it, but...

            That makes sense. I understand what you're saying. Still, I was expecting an I-phone, and got a HTC. Not to get into that debate, but I would think we would qualify as actual LEOs. From GL5 - GL10 would be (is) a lot of money over, what, 4-7 years? Once you add the 9k GL5 over GS5 (decreasing as you advance), start multiplying that by the OT, differentials, holidays, sundays etc... that starts to compound and add up, especially over time.

            Don't get me wrong, I've wanted this since I EAS'd out of the Corps. A few $K isn't going to change my mind. It just seems a tad unfair, as we've also got our...(lets say heads) out there, on the front lines. Even worse, you're kind of a sitting duck in that booth or patrolling a (relatively) small area, in the open. I would think that OFOs take as much risk as PAs.

            Anyway, thanks for the intel guys.

            Starting work Monday...excited as hell

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            • Originally posted by USMC_Stitch View Post
              And I said I'd drop it, but...

              That makes sense. I understand what you're saying. Still, I was expecting an I-phone, and got a HTC. Not to get into that debate, but I would think we would qualify as actual LEOs. From GL5 - GL10 would be (is) a lot of money over, what, 4-7 years? Once you add the 9k GL5 over GS5 (decreasing as you advance), start multiplying that by the OT, differentials, holidays, sundays etc... that starts to compound and add up, especially over time.

              Don't get me wrong, I've wanted this since I EAS'd out of the Corps. A few $K isn't going to change my mind. It just seems a tad unfair, as we've also got our...(lets say heads) out there, on the front lines. Even worse, you're kind of a sitting duck in that booth or patrolling a (relatively) small area, in the open. I would think that OFOs take as much risk as PAs.

              Anyway, thanks for the intel guys.

              Starting work Monday...excited as hell

              Yearly progression...
              First year...GS-05
              2nd year...GS-07
              3rd year...GS-09
              4th year...GS-11
              5th year...Journeyman GS-12

              At worst, it matters for 3 years...assuming you start as a GS-05. If you start as a GS-07, it's only a two year difference.

              As a practical matter and targeted to guys like you working in SD, it's only likely to make a huge difference during the first year or so. Since you'll spend 89 training days at CBPOBT, maybe another 30 days learning Spanish and then months of post-academy training, your chances of picking up shift differentials and overtime will be severely limited, if not all together impossible. Once you come off 'training status' and differentials and overtime open up, it really should more or less even out.

              Now, if you were headed to a port with limited differential potential and limited overtime opportunities, the difference between the two would be far more noticeable.

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              • So I got alittle impatient and called IA as to the status of my BI today. They told me that my BI is with a "Specialist" and once he is done with it, it goes to an Adujudicator, NOPA, or Creditbility Dept (Poly). When I called 2 months ago the guy I spoke with stated it was with an Adjudicator pending Adjudication. Anyone ever hear diffrent stories from IA? I was alittle confused when I hung up...Why would it take a step back (Ya know?)

                (Texas All Other SWB Texas)
                Test 12/16/2010
                NOR- 1/25/2011 84%
                TSL1-5/25/2011
                TSL2-5/26/2011
                Pre-Employment Forms- 8/18/2011 cleared
                Fitness-7/18/2011 cleared
                Medical-7/28/2011 cleared
                Qualifications-8/18/2011 cleared
                VBT/SI-8/26/2011 cleared
                Met BI-7/26/2011 In security office (With an Adjudicator as of 10/2011 or so I thought.)
                Drug Test-9/8/2011 Cleared

                BPA (South Texas)
                Written- 10/5/2011
                NOR 10/19/2011
                TSL1- 10/25/2011
                Medical- Cleared
                DT- Cleared
                BI- In security office (With an Adjudicator as of 10/2011 or so I thought)
                Pft1- 12/2011 Cleared
                OB- 12/2011 Cleared

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                • ..........
                  Last edited by tigers2007; 04-17-2017, 07:53 PM.

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                  • Originally posted by merlin436 View Post
                    Don't count on being able to arrange a transfer out of your port, especially a transfer targeted to a specific port or area.

                    Transfers work out for some people. For a very large number of people though, transfers are somewhere between vastly difficult and virtually impossible to organize and complete.
                    I just accepted a position for MIA which is my hometown. My girlfriend lives in southern Cali which is where I would like to end up. What should I tell her to expect as far as a possible transfer? Please tell me it is at least possible. If I work in Miami for two years or so, do you think they would at least consider my request? I need to hold on to some kind of hope.

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                    • Originally posted by DSgirlCA View Post
                      Don't worry I'm 35.
                      34 here, almost an old man already.

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                      • ..........
                        Last edited by tigers2007; 04-17-2017, 07:52 PM.

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                        • Originally posted by tigers2007 View Post
                          You'll have the opportunity to post it nationally and then pray that someone will bite and then pray that management will approve a mutual swap. Being in MIA, I really don't think you'll have an issue swapping to SoCal. Hell, we had a guy swap from SoCal to Detroit!! I specifically know of people that want to swap to MIA from Detroit... Its so nice here
                          Thanks for the good news. I'm willing to put in a few years in Miami, so its not like I'm going to rush the process. Nothing wrong with Florida, but Cali is great as far as I'm concerned.

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                          • Okay guys, I need one last bit of advice before I report for my first day on Monday (pre-academy). I know this has been discussed on this forum before, but I am bringing it up one more time. I really don't want to shave my goatee. So far, the only information that has been given to me was after the PFT2: an officer stated that we will be clean-shaven at FLETC. Most likely I will shave for the first day and then see how things go from there on, but I just wanted to see what you guys think. I'm not complaining or anything, but I didn't want to do shave if it wasn't necessary.

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                            • Question - I did my medical last week and I wear glasses. On the vision portion, I couldn't see line 8 which is 20/20 so the medical reviewer put down that my binocular vision is 20/25. From the CBP medical requirements, it said that binocular vision must be corrected to 20/20. Should I contact Comprehensive Medical Services for a retest so I can get new pair of glasses? Im concerned that this might disqualify me as a candidate. Any insight would be helpful. Thanks.

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                              • Sorry guys, I'm full of questions. Does anyone know if those of us starting pre-academy will get a day off for Christmas? Just wondering if it would be the Friday before or the Monday after.

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