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  • Originally posted by Jdmgreg View Post
    Thanks! Yeah I remember us struggling through the medical wait period. Still don't have a check mark in CASS though...

    I submitted my eqip and prints on September 29. I think I got the case in the security office line a month later. I think that falls into the 8 week average most ppl wait in between submitting and getting poly info.



    Virginia
    I think we had the same due date for the eqip. You from Virginia as well? Good luck on the 18th!
    Geo Central East Coast
    CBPO Exam 9/20/2013
    NOR 10/24/13
    TSL 12/18/13
    Medical/PFT1 1/27/14
    VBT/SI 5/8/14
    eQIP received 9/19/14
    eQIP submitted 9/24/14
    Fingerprints submitted 9/25/14
    Case in security office 10/17/14

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    • Originally posted by Pastelon View Post
      Do u need a 70 or above to pass each class in FLETC? Are there more written exams or practical exams?
      There are 8 exams you need a 70% to pass. Most practicals also require a 70%. PT practicals require 80%.
      Geo: SWB
      CBPO Exam: 09/24/13
      NOR: 92% - 10/28/13
      TSL - 01/31/14
      Medical/PFT1 - 02/19/14
      VBT/SI - 02/28/14
      BI - 03/15/14
      Poly - 04/30/14
      BI Cleared - 06/24/14
      Drug Test - 06/26/14
      The Call - 06/26/14
      PFT 2 - 07/11/14
      EOD - 07/14/14
      Academy - 08/14/14 - 12/23/14

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      • Originally posted by Firebug View Post
        Though I didn't say it, I would not have meant it jokingly. I don't know what Port you are hoping to get but this is a law enforcement career that you are applying for and would work in theory for the next twenty years. It is not a nine to five job. There are likely many family things that you will miss in the next twenty or so years. That is just the reality of the job. You need to focus on learning the job not only in the academy but really for the first five or so years of your career. I agree family is important but a law enforcement career is a commitment that will take away from family time. That commitment must be shared by everyone in the family not just the officer or there will be problems in the future.

        I can tell you that if you displayed that attitude about this job in the interview process I would not be inclined to hire you. If you displayed that attitude at your Port of Entry upon your return from the academy, I would not take you as a serious officer and if given a choice would not select you for advanced training and likely your career development would suffer.

        FB
        Based on everyone being so negative, w/o knowing me, I'm not sure I'd want to work with you. I deleted my previous post but maybe should have left it. I aced teh hardest training program in the military. It lasts almost 2 years. I did so well I was asked to stay as an instructor. My family understands commitment, as former military and as a current night shift nurse, who by the way spent half the summer working 84 and 96 hour weeks, my family can deal. If I don't have more than I think I can handle on weekends there is no reason not to go home. Why is everyone freaking out because I asked about the weekend schedule so I can figure out if I can drive home to my family. When qualifying then working in the Nuclear Navy and then as an Instructor in The Nuclear Navy I would drive 6-9 hours each way on weekends to see my irl friend, later fiancee, and now wife. I am very well aware of my capabilities. I appreciate the people that are being constructive, but those that are very negative or this last post stating they wouldn't hire or promote me are ridiculous. What is wrong with you people? FYI, almost every time I have switched jobs I have been promoted in less than a year. I have been at my current employer (John's Hopkins Medicine btw) for less than 6 months and now work as team leader half my shifts. they also use me as a consultant (at 170% of my normal rate, whenever they upgrade one of their hospitals clinical computer systems in a medical or emergency medicine area and have expressed an interest in continuing to do so into 2015 and 2016). Despite continued success in my field, I want to work in CBP. My last job as a Chef Engineer of 6 buildings included a building that is the NTC-C. I got to know some of the people and a bit about the job, the benefits, the fact that I can buy back my 8 years in the military, etc... and I am willing to take a SIGNIFICANT pay cut to do something I feel I will love doing. I miss serving my country and with previous Advanced CBR Defense training the cargo side of CBP seems like a good fit for me. So, if you wouldn't hire or promote me maybe I should begin to rethink whether or not I'll be a personality fit there,... maybe. Or maybe some of you need to use the forum to be helpful, stop before you make negative comments, and decide if your comment is phrased as helpful, or a bit of a negative busy body. Everyone have a great night.
        SM3

        CBPO

        14-2
        Geo: Central East Coast, United States
        Grade: GS-7
        CBPO Exam: 9/16/2014
        NOR: 10/31/2014 - 110 (with Veteran's points)
        TSL: 11/18/2014
        Medical/PFT 1: 12/17/2014
        01/06/15 VBT/SI
        01/07/15 NOR for SI found "eligible"
        03/06/15 Poly- Scheduled

        Good luck to everyone, this is not easy. I know good people that have not made it through the process. Let's all do our best to support and help each other through the process. I hope we all make it!

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        • Originally posted by SM3 View Post
          Based on everyone being so negative, w/o knowing me, I'm not sure I'd want to work with you. I deleted my previous post but maybe should have left it. I aced teh hardest training program in the military. It lasts almost 2 years. I did so well I was asked to stay as an instructor. My family understands commitment, as former military and as a current night shift nurse, who by the way spent half the summer working 84 and 96 hour weeks, my family can deal. If I don't have more than I think I can handle on weekends there is no reason not to go home. Why is everyone freaking out because I asked about the weekend schedule so I can figure out if I can drive home to my family. When qualifying then working in the Nuclear Navy and then as an Instructor in The Nuclear Navy I would drive 6-9 hours each way on weekends to see my irl friend, later fiancee, and now wife. I am very well aware of my capabilities. I appreciate the people that are being constructive, but those that are very negative or this last post stating they wouldn't hire or promote me are ridiculous. What is wrong with you people? FYI, almost every time I have switched jobs I have been promoted in less than a year. I have been at my current employer (John's Hopkins Medicine btw) for less than 6 months and now work as team leader half my shifts. they also use me as a consultant (at 170% of my normal rate, whenever they upgrade one of their hospitals clinical computer systems in a medical or emergency medicine area and have expressed an interest in continuing to do so into 2015 and 2016). Despite continued success in my field, I want to work in CBP. My last job as a Chef Engineer of 6 buildings included a building that is the NTC-C. I got to know some of the people and a bit about the job, the benefits, the fact that I can buy back my 8 years in the military, etc... and I am willing to take a SIGNIFICANT pay cut to do something I feel I will love doing. I miss serving my country and with previous Advanced CBR Defense training the cargo side of CBP seems like a good fit for me. So, if you wouldn't hire or promote me maybe I should begin to rethink whether or not I'll be a personality fit there,... maybe. Or maybe some of you need to use the forum to be helpful, stop before you make negative comments, and decide if your comment is phrased as helpful, or a bit of a negative busy body. Everyone have a great night.
          Way to go man, I like what you wrote. I don't understand why there is so many negative people out there complaining about this job. Also I don't understand why people poke fun at other, when we are asking questions related to medical or to our future job. There is nothing called you cannot do it, you can do anything if you put your mind to it. The only time you cannot do it is when you give up, and tell yourself that. Everyone says a hard job, yes that is true. You cannot work for an organization such as the CBP, just because of the money. You have to do it because you love what your doing with a passion. You don't look at work as work, but as hobby that you love to do. That is why I applied to become an Agriculture Specialist with the CBP. I care about agriculture industry, and this a job I have always dream about. I didn't think I would have made it this fun, after passing my VBT. I am almost one-step closer to my dream job. I agree with you 100% SM3, and I like what you wrote down again : )

          Its a shame to see some these officers, act the way they do over these discussion forum. This not representing the CBP agency for what it stands for. I want to see them act the same way to their colleagues in real life, lol.
          Last edited by mizzou573; 11-18-2014, 02:20 AM.

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          • Originally posted by SM3 View Post
            Based on everyone being so negative, w/o knowing me, I'm not sure I'd want to work with you. I deleted my previous post but maybe should have left it. I aced teh hardest training program in the military. It lasts almost 2 years. I did so well I was asked to stay as an instructor. My family understands commitment, as former military and as a current night shift nurse, who by the way spent half the summer working 84 and 96 hour weeks, my family can deal. If I don't have more than I think I can handle on weekends there is no reason not to go home. Why is everyone freaking out because I asked about the weekend schedule so I can figure out if I can drive home to my family. When qualifying then working in the Nuclear Navy and then as an Instructor in The Nuclear Navy I would drive 6-9 hours each way on weekends to see my irl friend, later fiancee, and now wife. I am very well aware of my capabilities. I appreciate the people that are being constructive, but those that are very negative or this last post stating they wouldn't hire or promote me are ridiculous. What is wrong with you people? FYI, almost every time I have switched jobs I have been promoted in less than a year. I have been at my current employer (John's Hopkins Medicine btw) for less than 6 months and now work as team leader half my shifts. they also use me as a consultant (at 170% of my normal rate, whenever they upgrade one of their hospitals clinical computer systems in a medical or emergency medicine area and have expressed an interest in continuing to do so into 2015 and 2016). Despite continued success in my field, I want to work in CBP. My last job as a Chef Engineer of 6 buildings included a building that is the NTC-C. I got to know some of the people and a bit about the job, the benefits, the fact that I can buy back my 8 years in the military, etc... and I am willing to take a SIGNIFICANT pay cut to do something I feel I will love doing. I miss serving my country and with previous Advanced CBR Defense training the cargo side of CBP seems like a good fit for me. So, if you wouldn't hire or promote me maybe I should begin to rethink whether or not I'll be a personality fit there,... maybe. Or maybe some of you need to use the forum to be helpful, stop before you make negative comments, and decide if your comment is phrased as helpful, or a bit of a negative busy body. Everyone have a great night.
            I think you would be a great fit. Coming out of the gate, maybe a tad bit over qualified. Based on your listed experience, I feel the job would be underwhelming for you, but that a personal decision that needs to be reflected on.
            Best of luck on your journey. Life is whatever you make it!

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            • Originally posted by joshk24 View Post
              What was your score? Hopefully we'll get to meet sometime, that means we both made it!! What port in florida or caribbean are you hoping for?
              I scored a 94, hoping to be anywhere in Puerto Rico, but Florida would be okay. Any recommendations on which port is nice to be in Florida?

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              • Originally posted by SIONM View Post
                I'm in the 14-2. Got my NOR on 31 Oct 14 with a score of 93 for the Florida region. Does anyone know that the cut off score for the Florida region is? Also, what's going to happen next and what is the usual timeframe? I just want a better understanding of what to expect and the timeframe for each milestone after passing the written exam.

                I can tell you that I did study the free aid materials provided in the CBP website for the test 5-6 days ahead. During my studying I felt pretty good. While taking the test I struggled a bit with time and math as it's not my forte'. Immediately, after testing I felt like I should've studied much more and that I had failed anyways. Then, the long awaited NOR...took loooonger than expected.

                On a side note, I have a friend whom took the test 2 yrs ago scoring 86. He waited a long time and recently got hired and went through the Academy in May 14. He will be in JFK. With that said, I don't expect anything from this position I've applied for in less than at least a year.

                Currently, I'm a SSG in the U.S. Army on active duty orders with an active Sec Clearance. Deployed a bunch of times and have experience with US Customs through collaborative work. No medical issues and great at PT. My friend was also Army and told me that the PT is a breeze compared to our regimen.

                Any comments in reference to Florida, are most welcomed.
                You'll be fine. I scored a 93 myself as a Florida candidate and I'm going through the LONG process as usual. You'll fine man, don't sweat it.
                Last edited by MIA_509; 11-18-2014, 08:45 AM.

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                • It really does suck. and yes I studied for about 4 months at least 4 times a week and I felt the study guide was'nt the best help especially for the math portion. But no excuses I plan on continuing to studie and retake in a year.

                  Question too all is the year wait to re-test a calender year from when you applied or when you tested?

                  Originally posted by SM3 View Post
                  1) I'm sorry. It sucks.
                  2) Did you study the practice guide from the website?
                  3) Now you should know what type of questions yo have trouble with. The study guide had a Bib. at the end. Use that to find extra material in your area(s) of weakness, and look for material on your own.
                  4) Be careful when you retake. Double check me on this, but I have a friend who failed last year. He just retook, and if I understand correctly, they disqualified him for not waiting a year between tests. So, they let him retest but DQ'ed him, so now he has to wait another full year again (and he's bumping up against 37).
                  Either way, best of luck.

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                  • Brother, I think they were just advising you to remain committed and focused during your training without knowing of your military experience. I'm sure your family is already well adjusted. Families of deployed Service Members learn to endure all kinds of emotions and feelings so 3-months is not going to be too hard on them. Obviously if you get the chance to have the time to see them while in the academy, depending on how much time you get and their travel distance, it would be awesome and a morale booster for you to have them come visit. Keep strong my man and stay hopeful...all works out through perseverance and dedication (God, Family, and then Job)...that's what I've learned from my mentors and teach to my junior Soldiers. You do seem to have your priority straight and have a wealth of experience and knowledge that would benefit the force.
                    CBPO ANNOUNCEMENT: 14-2
                    GEO LOC: FLORIDA & CARIBBEAN
                    ACK LETTER: 25 JULY 2014
                    WRITTEN EXAM: 17 SEPT 2014
                    NOR: RATING 93 W/ 5 VET PTS
                    TSL: 09 JAN 2015
                    VBT/SI: PASS
                    MEDICAL: PASS
                    FITNESS TEST 1: PASS
                    POLY: FAIL 12 MAY 2015 (1ST)
                    BI: PENDING IN CASS

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                    • Anyone who took the poly back in September get a call for drug test yet?

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                      • Is CASS down for anyone?

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                        • I'm a 14-2 applicant and I received an email from MHC with my applicant ID also saying I should have received my TSL, which I haven't (and yes I checked all my spam folders). Will it be coming shortly after or should I call MHC?

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                          • Originally posted by cscott91 View Post
                            I'm a 14-2 applicant and I received an email from MHC with my applicant ID also saying I should have received my TSL, which I haven't (and yes I checked all my spam folders). Will it be coming shortly after or should I call MHC?
                            What did you score? Where did you apply? When did you receive this email? If you don't mind asking u

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                            • Originally posted by cscott91 View Post
                              I'm a 14-2 applicant and I received an email from MHC with my applicant ID also saying I should have received my TSL, which I haven't (and yes I checked all my spam folders). Will it be coming shortly after or should I call MHC?
                              I just got the same email you did, and I never received my TSL either, just this one. I checked all folders too.
                              14-2 applicant
                              7/28/2014: Applied
                              9/10/2014: Entrance exam
                              10/31/2014: NOR (90 - no vet points)
                              11/18/2014: TSL
                              11/21/2014: TSL Packet Received
                              1/15/2015: VBT/SI
                              1/16/2015: EQIP due
                              1/22/2015: PFT 1

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                              • Originally posted by chrisarias1987 View Post
                                What did you score? Where did you apply? When did you receive this email? If you don't mind asking u
                                99 w/vet, Northwest, and I received it this morning. Hopefully the TSL comes today as well.

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