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  • Originally posted by nycmike87 View Post
    Awesome Thats great news RObeans! thanks also are the uniforms like fatiuges? just colored blue though? do they need to be ironed?
    The smurfs are Dickies pants and a regular uniform shirt, like the guy at the garage. They have shrunk in odd ways and some will be a bit too short others a bit too long, some a bit tight some a little loose. NONE fit correctly. They will need to be ironed. You can check out an iron and ironing board from the dorm you are in. I was in building 96 and found early in on Sunday was a good day to get the laundry done. Others I talked with also recommended Friday and Saturday nights. These times make sense, because most people went out partying and didn't stick around to do their laundry.
    But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new guards for their future security.

    For the intelectually challenged: If the government screws the people enough, it is the right and responsibility of the people to revolt and form a new government.


    • FYI to prior post FOH = Field Office Hiring


      • Originally posted by WSB_Hunter
        No offense in anyway, but hell, you are running it in 12. You don't need any water, you are running a very good time.
        No offense meant, but a 12 minute 1.5 mile is hardly "very good" time.

        It's decent...mostly average. It's what almost anybody going into the academy should be entering at. Especially if we're talking of males under 35.


        • Originally posted by Cbpstyle View Post
          I need a complete printable announcement like the one present off of cbp.gov directed to usajobs
          This is the best I can do for you...at the moment.


          Salary Range: 28,349.00 - 35,116.00 USD per year Open Period: Friday, December 15, 2006
          to Friday, January 05, 2007
          Series & Grade: GS-1895-05/07 Position Information: Full Time Excepted Service Permanent
          Promotion Potential: 11 Duty Locations: many vacancies - California SW Border Locations, CA
          Who May Be Considered:
          U.S. Citizens
          Job Summary:
          TEST RESTRICTION–If you took the CBP Officer examination within the last twelve months and received an eligible rating, your test results are still valid and you are not allowed to retest under this announcement. If you took the CBP Officer examination and received an ineligible (IA) rating, you must wait one year from the date on your Notice of Results before you can register for the CBP Officer examination.

          Who may apply? Open to all U.S. citizens. There is an urgent need for female CBP

          Officers for locations covered by this announcement.

          Where are the positions located? Positions are being filled in the California-Southwest Border Locations, which include San Diego, Andrade (Winterhaven), Calexico, Otay Mesa, San Ysidro, Tecate. Employment offers will be made based on CBP mission related needs. Applicants must be willing to accept a position at any port located under California-Southwest Border Locations.

          What types of positions are being filled? CBP Officer positions are full-time positions and are being filled under the Federal Career Intern Program (FCIP). The FCIP is a program that helps Federal agencies recruit talented individuals for entry-level government positions. FCIP appointments are designed with a 2-year internship, during which time you’ll be learning the job and the organization, attending formal training programs and developing your skills. If your performance and conduct are satisfactory, your appointment will be made permanent at the end of the 2-year internship. The FCIP is an “excepted service” appointing authority.

          Key Requirements:
          Residency in the US for the last three years
          US Citizenship
          Medical Exam, Physical Fitness
          Background Security Investigation
          Drug Test Required

          Major Duties:
          CBP Officer’s Duties - CBP Officers perform the full range of inspection, passenger and cargo analysis, examination, and law enforcement activities relating to the arrival and departure of persons, merchandise, and conveyances such as cars, trucks, aircraft, and ships at the Ports of Entry. The Officer’s primary responsibility is to detect and prevent terrorists and weapons of mass destruction from entering the United States, while facilitating the orderly flow of legitimate trade and travelers. This requires enforcing laws related to revenue and trade, seizure of contraband, interdiction of agricultural pests and diseases, and admissibility of persons.

          You may qualify for the CBP Officer position based on education, experience, or a combination of both.

          Experience Requirements for a GS-5 level: Applicants must have at least 3 years of general experience that required 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 assure 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 predominantly typing, filing, copying, or messenger duties, or other purely mechanistic tasks, is NOT creditable as general experience, nor is experience in trades and crafts or equipment operator work.

          Experience Requirements for a GS-7: Applicants must have one 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 and public sectors: Inspector, Auditor, Analyst, Examiner, Administrator, and Investigator as well as some Technicians and Assistants.

          Education: If applicants do not have the work experience described above, 4 years of study in any field leading to a bachelor's degree in an accredited college or university can be substituted and is fully qualifying for the GS-5 level. For the GS-7 level, one full academic year of graduate education, or a master's or higher degree is qualifying, or meeting the provisions of Superior Academic Achievement (SAA). (See http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/SEC-II/s2-e5.asp for information on SAA.) Education obtained from a foreign university or college is not creditable for qualification requirements unless it has been evaluated by a private foreign educational credential evaluation service (see http://www.naces.org/members.htm for a list of organizations that provide this evaluation service).

          Combining qualifying experience and education: If you do not qualify based on experience or education alone, you may be able to qualify based on a combination of your experience and education. Follow the directions below in order to convert each to a percentage, and then add the percentages together to see if they total 100 percent.

          To determine your percentage of qualifying experience, you must divide your total number of months of qualifying experience by the required number of months of experience. The GS-5 level requires 36 months, and the GS-7 level requires 12 months of qualifying experience. To calculate your percentage of undergraduate education divid your number of undergraduate semester hours by 120 or the number of quarter hours by 180. For GS-7, divide the number of graduate semester hours by 18, graduate quarter hours by 27, or by the school's definition of one year of graduate study. Finally, add your percentages of education and experience. The two percentages must total at least 100 percent for you to qualify under the combination of experience and education.

          Citizenship/Residency Requirement: Applicants must be U.S. Citizens. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) also has a residency requirement that applies to all applicants other than current CBP employees. If you are not a current CBP employee, CBP requires that for the three (3) years prior to filing an application for employment, individuals must meet one or more of the following primary residence criteria:

          (a) Applicant resided in the United States or its protectorates or territories (short trips abroad, such as vacations, will not necessarily disqualify an applicant); or

          (b) Applicant worked for the U.S. government as an employee overseas in a federal or military capacity; or

          (c) Applicant was a dependent of a U.S. federal or military employee serving overseas.

          Language ability: Spanish is required. Should you be selected for a position, you will be required to either pass a Spanish language proficiency examination or attend a 6-week long Spanish immersion class, which you must pass. The 6-week program may extend your initial basic training from 15 weeks to 21 weeks at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Academy at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Brunswick, Georgia. During the registration process, you will be asked to identify any language(s) in which you are fluent so that if a vacancy for a specific language arises, we will be able to identify qualified candidates.

          Misdemeanor Crime of Domestic Violence. The CBP Officer is a weapon-carrying position. Any person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence cannot lawfully possess a firearm or ammunition. If you have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, you are not qualified for this position.

          You will be required to certify whether you have ever been convicted of such an offense. Providing false or fraudulent information is criminally punishable by fine or imprisonment (Title 18, U.S.C., Section 1001).

          Motor Vehicle Operation. CBP Officers must possess a valid automobile driver's license at the time of appointment.

          Proof of Veterans' Preference. If you are tentatively selected and you claimed veterans preference, you will be required to submit proof of eligibility (DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge) with the required application forms. Applicants claiming 10-point preference must also submit Standard Form 15, as well as the proof requested on the back of the form.

          Selective Service Registration. Prior to appointment, male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law.

          Written Test. A written test will be administered to all individuals who successfully complete the Internet registration process. The test will be given only in San Diego, CA. Anyone applying under this announcement will be responsible for appearing in San Diego, CA at their own expense to take the written test. The test is comprised of three sections (a) Logical and Quantitative Reasoning Skills, (b) Writing Skills, (c) an assessment of Experience and Achievement. Applicants must obtain a combined minimum rating of at least 70 on sections (a), (b) and (c). Test scores are good for one year. Applicants who take and fail the written test will not be able to retake the examination for 1 year, in addition, a CBP Officer announcement must be open to registration.

          Video-Based Test (VBT). An video-based test (VBT) will be administered to all individuals who pass the written test and are conditionally selected. This VBT will be given in San Diego, CA. Applicants applying under this announcement will be responsible for appearing in San Diego, CA at their own expense. The examination takes about one-half hour and is evaluated by a team of CBP management officials. When you are administered the VBT, you will be filmed while responding to a set of videotaped scenarios. This film will later be viewed and evaluated. The test is rated on a pass/fail basis. Therefore, you will need to receive a “pass” rating to continue through the process. Approximately 6 weeks after you have been tentatively selected, you will receive a letter informing you of the date, time and location for your Video Based Test. Successful Video Based Test results are valid for three years. If you successfully completed the VBT within the past 3 years, you will not be scheduled for another VBT.

          How You Will Be Evaluated:
          Background Investigation: These positions are categorized as “Critical-Sensitive.”Prior to appointment, tentative selectees must undergo and satisfactorily complete a background investigation, which includes but is not limited to a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) name and fingerprint check and a background investigation.As part of the background investigation, you will be asked to submit a security questionnaire (SF-86). The questionnaire will ask questions regarding education, residences, past and current employers, police records, financial situation, drug and alcohol usage, etc. The background investigation will consist of, among other things, a personal interview, a check for past arrest records, a credit check, and interviews of employers and personal references. This inquiry will cover your activities during the past ten years. If your background includes past or present arrests, convictions, dismissals from previous jobs, outstanding debts and financial issues, excessive use of alcohol, violations of immigration laws, use of illegal drugs, and/or the sale and distribution of illegal drugs, you most probably will be rated unsuitable for this position. A history of problems in any of these areas may result in your disqualification for this position.

          Drug Testing: Satisfactory completion of a drug test is a condition of placement into the position. We will schedule, provide, and pay for the drug test. Once employed, CBP Officers are subject to random and unannounced drug testing.

          Physical and Medical Requirements: Because the duties of the position are of a strenuous nature and require a high degree of interaction and responsibility to the public, you must undergo and successfully pass our medical screening process. We will schedule, provide and pay for the required basic medical examination. Any medical or psychiatric condition resulting from an injury or disease may result in disqualification for appointment if the condition(s) would affect your ability to perform the essential functions of the position. For more information, go to http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/careers/c...r/cbp_officer/.

          A summary of the vision and hearing requirements follows:


          Near vision must test at least 20/40 Snellen, binocular, with or without corrective


          Binocular vision acuity must be at least 20/30 corrected, 20/100 uncorrected.

          Color perception - must be able to distinguish colors as defined by color

          perception (Ishihara Pseudoisochromatic) plate tests. Use of an X-chrome lens is

          not acceptable.

          LASIK surgery - individuals who have undergone LASIK surgery are eligible but

          must have a specific evaluation 3 months after the date of surgery and then must

          meet vision requirements.


          • Part 2:


            Unaided testing with both ears must test at 25dB or less for the average of the

            500,1000, 2000, and 3000 Hz frequencies.

            Unaided testing with both ears must test at 45dB or less at the 4000 and 6000 Hz.

            The difference in hearing levels between the better ear and worse ear may not

            exceed 30dB at the 4000 and 6000 Hz frequency.

            The difference in hearing levels between the better ear threshold and the worse

            ear threshold may not exceed 15dB for the average of 500, 1000, 2000, and 3000


            Use of a hearing aid is not allowed.

            Physical Fitness Testing: Fitness standards have been developed for the CBP Officer position. All conditional selectees must take and pass a series of pre-employment fitness tests in order to receive further consideration. The fitness tests will be conducted at the same time as the medical examination. Once on board, employees will also be required to complete a physically rigorous training program conducted at the CBP Academy at FLETC.

            For more information on Fitness standards for this position, please visit our website at


            · Annual increases in salary

            · Attractive overtime compensation – CBP Officers can earn a substantial amount in overtime per year.

            · Uniform allowance – CBP Officers receive a uniform allowance to offset the cost of purchasing the required CBP Officer uniform.

            · Generous benefits package – Included are personal leave days for vacation, illness and family care; a wide choice of health insurance programs; life insurance; long term care insurance; flexible spending accounts for out-of-pocket medical expenses or the dependent care costs of a child or parent; and a fully portable retirement program that includes a Thrift Savings Plan (401k). Some CBP locations also have access to physical fitness facilities, on-site child care facilities and related health and wellness programs.

            · Career advancement opportunities - In a few years when you reach the GS-11 CBP Officer level, you will be eligible to apply for special assignments. These include assignments on Enforcement and Special Response Teams, Firearms, Training, Container Security Initiative (CSI) International assignments, Targeting and Analysis Teams, and Canine Teams working with agency-certified detector dogs.

            Other Information:
            Starting Salary and Career Progression: As a CBP Officer, entry level grade is either at grade GS-5 or GS-7, depending upon qualifications. The GS-5 annual salary is $28,349 -$30,030 depending on the location of the position. The GS-7 annual salary is $35,116 - $37,198 depending on the location of the position. You can advance from the GS-5 or GS-7 entry-level position through GS-9 ($42,955-$45,501) and up to the GS-11 full performance level ($51,972-$55,053) without having to reapply. Generally, CBP Officers receive these promotions after performing satisfactorily for 1 year at each grade level.

            Probationary Period: The two years spent in the intern program serve as your probationary period.

            Direct Deposit: All agency employees are required to participate in Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer for salary payments.

            Equal Employment Opportunity: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All candidates will be considered regardless of their race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, protected genetic information, status as a parent, lawful political affiliation, marital status, physical/mental disability (if not a job factor), membership or non-membership in an employee organization, or any other non merit factor.

            Reasonable Accommodation: CBP provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. If a reasonable accomodation is needed for any part of the registration and hiring process, applicants should contact the office scheduling them for that portion of the process.

            How To Apply:

            Step 1 - Internet registration—just connect to:

            (1) The CBP Website at www.cbp.gov and click on “careers,” then on “CBP Officer vacancy announcement.” This will link you to the OPM Website, where our vacancy announcement is posted OR

            (2) If you are comfortable with OPM’s Website, you may go there directly by accessing www.usajobs.opm.gov. Once at the OPM Website, under "Jobs in Demand" click the announcement for “Customs and Border Protection Officer.”

            (3) Whichever option you use above, follow the instructions on the screen to complete the entire registration process.

            For Internet registration, your Social Security Number (SSN) is required under the authority of Executive Order 9397 to uniquely identify your record from other applicants' records thatmay have the same name. As allowed by law or Presidential directive, your SSN is used to seek information about you from employers, schools, banks, and others who may know you. Failure to provide your SSN when you apply will result in your registration not being processed.

            Based on your responses to questions, a preliminary determination will be made as to whether you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. You will be considered for the highest-grade level for which you are qualified.

            If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be provided the additional information and a location, date, and time for the written test.

            If you do not meet the minimum qualifications, you will be notified during the registration process.

            Step 2 - Written Test. Scheduling of the written test will be done during the on-line registration process. As soon as you have registered and been scheduled for the written test, you will be able to print your test admission notice which will contain the date, location, and time for the written test. This admission notice will also include the contact information for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). If you are unable to print your test admission notice, instructions will be provided on-line for requesting that a copy be mailed to you. If you are unable to attend your scheduled test date and you are unable to reschedule your test date with OPM, you will need to wait for the next CBP Officer open period and re-register.

            We believe that proper test preparation is essential for the successful candidate and suggest that you take time to carefully read the study guide. If you want to get a head start, you may download the guide from our website at www.cbp.gov (click on “careers,” then on “Preparation Manual for the Customs and Border Protection Officer Test”). The test itself takes about 4 hours and contains 3 sections -- Reasoning Skills, Writing Skills, and the CBP Experience Record. Within 4 to 6 weeks following the test, you will receive a Notice of Results (NOR).

            Required Documents:
            Test Admission Notice and Picture ID is needed for written exam.

            Contact Information:
            Bonita L. Kaseforth
            Phone: (612)467-7027
            Fax: (612)727-2225
            TDD: 612-725-3880
            Email: [email protected]

            Or write:
            Minneapolis Hiring Center
            1 Federal Dr BHW Fed Bldg
            Fort Snelling, MN 55111-4055
            Fax: (612)727-2225

            What To Expect Next:
            Step 3 - Selection Process: If you pass the written test, depending upon our hiring needs, your name may be placed on a list in numerical score order for managers to use in making conditional selections. Conditional offers of employment will then be issued, with a final offer contingent upon successful completion of the Video-Based Test and all other

            pre-employment requirements.

            Step 4 - Video-Based Test (VBT): The VBT takes about one-half hour and is evaluated by a team of CBP management officials. If you are administered the VBT, you will be filmed while responding to a set of videotaped scenarios. This film will later be viewed and evaluated. The VBT is rated on a pass/fail basis; therefore, you will need to receive a “pass” rating to continue in the pre-employment process. If you are tentatively selected, you will be notified in writing of the date and time of the VBT. Successful VBT results are valid for three years. If you successfully completed the VBT within the past 3 years, you will not be scheduled for another VBT.

            Step 5 - Pre-employment Process: In addition to completing Step 4, you must also undergo a drug test, medical examination, fitness test, and background investigation. These will be scheduled and completed as soon as possible.

            The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.

            Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

            Send Mail to:
            Minneapolis Hiring Center
            1 Federal Dr BHW Fed Bldg
            Fort Snelling, MN 55111-4055
            Fax: (612)727-2225

            For questions about this job:
            Bonita L. Kaseforth
            Phone: (612)467-7027
            Fax: (612)727-2225
            TDD: 612-725-3880
            Email: [email protected]

            USAJOBS Control Number: 796384


            • Originally posted by Cbpstyle View Post
              I need a complete printable announcement like the one present off of cbp.gov directed to usajobs

              I'm not sure what good it would do you...even if you had kept a copy.


              • Geez Merlin, you are too nice...


                • Originally posted by nycmike87 View Post
                  O ok, How many uniforms do you get? Also where do you get to do laundry down their?
                  4 shirts, 3 pants.


                  • Originally posted by merlin436 View Post
                    I'm not sure what good it would do you...even if you had kept a copy.
                    I assume he/she is looking to see whether the '07 announcement said anything about a polygraph test.


                    • merlin sent u a pm


                      • Originally posted by barnaj View Post
                        I assume he/she is looking to see whether the '07 announcement said anything about a polygraph test.

                        Even if it didn't...so? I doubt NOPA's are mentioned in the hiring annoucement either.

                        Yet CBP issues them...lots of them. Just like the poly.


                        • BI complete

                          Logged on this morning and guess what I saw:

                          Application Status
                          You have applied for the following position(s):

                          Customs and Border Protection Officer - Application ID ****** FAQ's for this position
                          Pre-Employment Forms completed All pre-employment forms have been received.
                          Qualifications pending A review of your work experience and/or education is still pending.
                          Medical Exam completed Medical requirements have been successfully completed.
                          Structured Interview completed Congratulations! You have passed the interview process.
                          Drug Screening completed You have successfully completed the Drug Test requirements.
                          Background Investigation completed Your background investigation has been completed.
                          Fitness completed Fitness test has been successfully completed.


                          Thank you for applying for a job with the Department of Homeland Security!

                          Background complete!!!! How soon will i get the letter saying its complete? will it come through fed ex?


                          • Originally posted by SD to GA View Post
                            Background complete!!!! How soon will i get the letter saying its complete? will it come through fed ex?
                            I never received a letter stating my background is complete. I don't think they send one.


                            • Originally posted by SD to GA View Post
                              Background complete!!!! How soon will i get the letter saying its complete? will it come through fed ex?
                              You may not get one. After my BI was completed I never got a letter saying it was completed. I learned from CASS when it changed to completed.
                              Luck is where preparation meets opportunity. - Seneca


                              • FLETC Basic Survival

                                I. First Day of Class

                                On the first day of class the dress code is business casual. The norm seems to be that after orientation you will go and get your smurfs. 3 pants, 4 shirts, web belt, wind breaker jacket that does not break the wind, keep you warm, or repel water (Don't lose the jacket or the belt, belt is $25 and jacket is $50)

                                You will wear your smurfs the next day and there after until your real uniforms come in. Make sure to bring a pair of black shoes that are "boot like" that you can shine the tip of. Your uniform standards you are held to will vary greatly depending on your coordinator so come prepared for the worst there is.

                                II. Second day

                                Second day you will get your leather gear and instructions on how to set it up.

                                III. Food

                                1. Stay away from the chicken
                                2. Learn how to scan your card fast, no one wants to wait on you.
                                3. Find a friend with a car, I haven't even been here 2 weeks and i'm already wanting to eat off base about once a week.

                                IV. Internet

                                There are computers in the library, but if you bring a laptop you need to either A. bring a broadband card thru a cell/satelite provider B. get the dial up in your room, or C. use the student center wireless that has a hard time with the strain of multiple people using it. Oh and the student center doesn't open until 4:30pm EST on weekends, as I write this I am sitting on the front of it laptop against the glass to get a decent signal

                                Thats what I came up with for now....I'll put more down later as I come up with it.


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