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  • Originally posted by davidB. View Post
    Video learning course? Might be wrong it what it stands for, but think of slideshows and computer based lectures. Cool the first few times, but man do they wear on you after a while. Despite being here 3 months, our instructor had us knock out 30 or so in the first few weeks.
    Ah, so intro classes of sorts.
    CBP written test Miami, FL
    11/10/2007
    NOR letter 01/16/2008
    VBT 4/2/2008 (passed)
    Forms 6/2/2009 completed
    Med exam 4/6/2009 completed
    9/4/2009
    Physical exam 4/6/2009 (passed)
    drug test 5/7/2009 (passed)
    TO 5/12/2009 (2nd one,
    never got first)
    qualifications completed
    BI interview 9/30/2009
    BI cleared/referred to TSU 10/30/2009
    poly: Mar 2011
    updated e-Qip & All Forms: Sep/Oct 2011
    BI interview II: Dec 2011/Jan 2012

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    • Originally posted by Aesco84 View Post
      PFT2 scheduled for 2/9/12--woot!!!
      Originally posted by Ashan646 View Post
      From what I heard all the new applicants are getting polygraphed. I am also scheduled to take one.
      Wow fun times for you lol... With all sarcasm set aside a part of me wishes I got the polygraph but oh wells glad I don't have to do it...
      CBPO
      GEO Pref: SWB
      App Date: 8/2/11
      Written Exam: 9/1/11
      NOR (Rating: 85, no vet pref, GS-5/7): 9/29/11
      TSL submitted: 10/12/11 (faxed & mailed)
      E-Qip submitted: 10/14/11
      SF86 submitted: 10/25/11
      PFT1: 11/8/11 (cleared CASS 12/1/11)
      Med: 11/8/11 (cleared CASS 12/8/11)
      BI: 11/15/11 (cleared CASS 12/8/11)
      VBT/SI: 12/7/11 (cleared CASS 12/15/11)
      DT: 12/9/11 (cleared CASS 12/20/11)
      Referred to Schedule EOD 12/15/11
      Call Rec.: 3/2/12
      PFT2: 3/16/12
      EOD: 4/9/12
      FLETC: 5/11/12 - 9/17/12

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      • How is everyone doing so far? Keep your hopes up lol, I'm scheduled for my VBT on monday and was wondering if the Structure Interview will be done right after the VBT on the same day, or is the VBT the SI? Also, my (Background Investigation) is listed on CASS as "Your case is in the security office." Does that means good or bad? enjoy your weekend everyone.
        Exam: 03/2012
        NOR: 04/2012 81
        Qualified for: GS 7
        TSL 1 & 2 : 11/2012 Switch from SWB to Central/East Coast
        Medical & FT: 12/2011 Completed
        VBT & SI: 01/2012 Completed
        Drug Test: 04/12/12 Completed
        BI: Security Office 01/02/13
        Poly: 04/10/2013. Failed
        EOD:
        PFT 2:

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        • Two of my classmates that eod on dec 19 leave for fletc pretty soon.


          Their class has 48 students in it. Session 303.

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          • Originally posted by Indio0217 View Post
            How is everyone doing so far? Keep your hopes up lol, I'm scheduled for my VBT on monday and was wondering if the Structure Interview will be done right after the VBT on the same day, or is the VBT the SI? Also, my (Background Investigation) is listed on CASS as "Your case is in the security office." Does that means good or bad? enjoy your weekend everyone.
            VBT is just the VBT. If I remember right, the Structured Interview is pretty much the sit down you have with your investigator, and the all those questions you filled out on the form are covered again, any discrepancies are cleared up face to face, etc. In other words, there is no separate interview after you complete the background investigation.
            CBP written test Miami, FL
            11/10/2007
            NOR letter 01/16/2008
            VBT 4/2/2008 (passed)
            Forms 6/2/2009 completed
            Med exam 4/6/2009 completed
            9/4/2009
            Physical exam 4/6/2009 (passed)
            drug test 5/7/2009 (passed)
            TO 5/12/2009 (2nd one,
            never got first)
            qualifications completed
            BI interview 9/30/2009
            BI cleared/referred to TSU 10/30/2009
            poly: Mar 2011
            updated e-Qip & All Forms: Sep/Oct 2011
            BI interview II: Dec 2011/Jan 2012

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            • Originally posted by sandwichman View Post
              VBT is just the VBT. If I remember right, the Structured Interview is pretty much the sit down you have with your investigator
              That's bad intel. I and many others had structured interviews immediately following the VBT.
              Gek.

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              • Originally posted by Drifting View Post
                That's bad intel. I and many others had structured interviews immediately following the VBT.
                Things might have changed since I did my VBT. The structured interview is in fact the meeting with the investigator though, isn't it, during which you are asked about everything you submitted in your eQuip and your other forms (Lautenberg Act, FCRA, etc)?
                CBP written test Miami, FL
                11/10/2007
                NOR letter 01/16/2008
                VBT 4/2/2008 (passed)
                Forms 6/2/2009 completed
                Med exam 4/6/2009 completed
                9/4/2009
                Physical exam 4/6/2009 (passed)
                drug test 5/7/2009 (passed)
                TO 5/12/2009 (2nd one,
                never got first)
                qualifications completed
                BI interview 9/30/2009
                BI cleared/referred to TSU 10/30/2009
                poly: Mar 2011
                updated e-Qip & All Forms: Sep/Oct 2011
                BI interview II: Dec 2011/Jan 2012

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                • Originally posted by Drifting View Post
                  That's bad intel. I and many others had structured interviews immediately following the VBT.
                  Things might have changed since I did my VBT. The structured interview is in fact the meeting with the investigator though, isn't it, during which you are asked about everything you submitted in your eQuip and your other forms (Lautenberg Act, FCRA, etc)?
                  CBP written test Miami, FL
                  11/10/2007
                  NOR letter 01/16/2008
                  VBT 4/2/2008 (passed)
                  Forms 6/2/2009 completed
                  Med exam 4/6/2009 completed
                  9/4/2009
                  Physical exam 4/6/2009 (passed)
                  drug test 5/7/2009 (passed)
                  TO 5/12/2009 (2nd one,
                  never got first)
                  qualifications completed
                  BI interview 9/30/2009
                  BI cleared/referred to TSU 10/30/2009
                  poly: Mar 2011
                  updated e-Qip & All Forms: Sep/Oct 2011
                  BI interview II: Dec 2011/Jan 2012

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                  • Originally posted by sandwichman View Post
                    Things might have changed since I did my VBT. The structured interview is in fact the meeting with the investigator though, isn't it, during which you are asked about everything you submitted in your eQuip and your other forms (Lautenberg Act, FCRA, etc)?
                    Negative.

                    What is the Structured Interview (SI)?
                    The structured interview (SI) is a new assessment that will be given to applicants who apply for entry-level CBPO positions after October 2010. The interview will be given face-to-face, meaning that you will be interviewed in person; however, it will be videotaped for documentation purposes. You will be interviewed by 1-2 interviewer(s) who will ask you questions about your past experience handling certain situations and will probe for additional information. After you are dismissed from the room, two trained interviewers will rate you on several competencies. (Note that at some smaller testing locations, you may only be interviewed in person by one interviewer; however, a offsite second interviewer will participate in the rating process.) You must pass the SI in order to continue in the hiring process.

                    The SI is experience-based in nature, which means that you will be asked to describe past experiences related to different competencies that are critical to success as a CBP Officer (i.e., Teamwork, Flexibility, Cross-Cultural Communication, and Integrity). In addition, you will also be rated on the Oral Communication skills that you display during the interview. Shown below is an example experience-based interview question from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s website:
                    Describe a situation in which you dealt with individuals who were difficult, hostile, or distressed. Who was involved? What specific actions did you take? What was the result

                    Taken directly from cbp.gov
                    EOD: 2/2012
                    FLETC: 3/2012

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                    • Originally posted by Aesco84 View Post
                      Negative.

                      What is the Structured Interview (SI)?
                      The structured interview (SI) is a new assessment that will be given to applicants who apply for entry-level CBPO positions after October 2010. The interview will be given face-to-face, meaning that you will be interviewed in person; however, it will be videotaped for documentation purposes. ..

                      Taken directly from cbp.gov
                      Ahhhhhh... Ok, so in other that's the panel interview. Yeah, didn't do that one for CBP. :P
                      CBP written test Miami, FL
                      11/10/2007
                      NOR letter 01/16/2008
                      VBT 4/2/2008 (passed)
                      Forms 6/2/2009 completed
                      Med exam 4/6/2009 completed
                      9/4/2009
                      Physical exam 4/6/2009 (passed)
                      drug test 5/7/2009 (passed)
                      TO 5/12/2009 (2nd one,
                      never got first)
                      qualifications completed
                      BI interview 9/30/2009
                      BI cleared/referred to TSU 10/30/2009
                      poly: Mar 2011
                      updated e-Qip & All Forms: Sep/Oct 2011
                      BI interview II: Dec 2011/Jan 2012

                      Comment


                      • Originally posted by Indio0217 View Post
                        How is everyone doing so far? Keep your hopes up lol, I'm scheduled for my VBT on monday and was wondering if the Structure Interview will be done right after the VBT on the same day, or is the VBT the SI? Also, my (Background Investigation) is listed on CASS as "Your case is in the security office." Does that means good or bad? enjoy your weekend everyone.
                        i did my VBT, waited for 30 minutes, then went right in and banged out the SI that same day.

                        "Your case is in the security office" means exactly that, in the security office.
                        EOD: 2/2012
                        FLETC: 3/2012

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                        • Don't be afraid to call or email for an update. Mine has been "in security office" for 3 months and the forms were returned. I didn't find out until I emailed for an update. They finally confirmed the received everything 2 days ago.
                          Exam: 12/10 (for West Coast)
                          Reapplied: 7/11 (for SWB)
                          TSL: 10/28/11 (SWB)
                          PFT1: 12/2/11 (passed)
                          Medical: 12/2/11 (passed)
                          VBT & S.I.: 1/10/12 (passed)
                          B.I.: 3/19/12 met with BI (in security office)
                          Qualifications: 3/22/12 (cleared)
                          Drug Test: 5/17/2012 (cleared)
                          PFT2: ?

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                          • same here as Aesco84 for VBT/SI
                            BPA
                            BPA test date: 8/21/10
                            TSU: 2/6/12
                            EOD: ???

                            CBPO
                            Got the call!
                            PFT2: 3/23
                            EOD: 4/9
                            FLETC: May 11th - Sept 17th, 2012

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                            • Have you heard anything new Drifting? I have a question for the "Think Tanks". My brother has been locked up since 2010 and won't get out till 2015. He is in for a felony, not anything drug related or violence. I currently live with my parents to save money, and he is my brother so he lives here also ( Well did). I am currently a FLEO and I know he cannot be around firearms, or ammunition. You think they will find me unsuitable because he technically still resides here, or should I move out to be safe? I will be gone by the time he gets out anyway.

                              (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
                              Drug Test-9/8/2011 Cleared
                              TSU-? Hopefully soon =)

                              BPA (South Texas)
                              Written- 10/5/2011
                              NOR 10/19/2011 90%
                              TSL1- 10/25/2011
                              Medical- Cleared
                              DT- Cleared
                              BI- In security office
                              Pft1- 12/2011 Cleared
                              OB- 12/2011 Cleared
                              TSU-? Hopefully soon =)

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                              • Originally posted by tsakrl View Post
                                My brother has been locked up since 2010 and won't get out till 2015. He is in for a felony, not anything drug related or violence. I currently live with my parents to save money, and he is my brother so he lives here also ( Well did). I am currently a FLEO and I know he cannot be around firearms, or ammunition. You think they will find me unsuitable because he technically still resides here, or should I move out to be safe? I will be gone by the time he gets out anyway.
                                You are currently a federal LEO and live with your parents? Why? You can't tell me that you can't afford your own place. Even when I worked for the BOP, I made in excess of $50,000/yr. Perhaps its time you cut the umbilical cord. I know it will suck not having your mom cleaning your room, cooking dinner for you, and doing your laundry, but we all need to become adults at some point.
                                What is Perseverance?
                                -Perseverance is commitment, hard work, patience, endurance.
                                -Perseverance is being able to bear difficulties calmly and without complaint.
                                -PERSEVERANCE IS TRYING AGAIN AND AGAIN.


                                BOP - BPA - ICE

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