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  • Weekly Applicant Update

    S/A Applicant Status Update 06/22/2009

    This week’s movement:

    1811orBust has completed the poly.

    AT FLETC/JJRTC
    FPO in Philly: Applied 09/07, INITIAL 01/08, TEA 01/08, PANEL 01/08, POLY 02/08, MED 02/08, BI 10/08, THE CALL 04/09 (June 09)
    hawkeye81: Applied 12/07, INITIAL 01/08, TEA 03/08, PANEL 04/08, POLY 08/08, BI 09/08, MED 10/08, THE CALL 04/09 (June 09)

    RECEIVED “THE CALL!” FLETC BOUND
    Wilson: Applied 08/08, INITIAL 09/08, TEA 10/08, PANEL 12/08, POLY 02/09, MED 04/09, BI 04/09, Drug Screen 04/09, THE CALL 06/09 (Aug 09)

    APPLICATION COMPLETE - WAITING ON “THE CALL”

    BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION ONGOING

    POLYGRAPH/MEDICAL
    CJSSA2B: Applied 08/07, TEA 10/07, INITIAL 11/07, PANEL 01/08, POLY 04/08, MED 04/08, BI 05/08
    SgtScott31: Applied 08/08, INITIAL 09/08, TEA 10/08, PANEL 10/08, MED 11/08, POLY 11/08
    calavera: INITIAL 11/08, TEA 02/09, PANEL 04/09, POLY 06/09
    1811orBust: Applied 03/09, TEA 04/09, INITIAL 04/09, PANEL 04/09, POLY 06/09

    COMPLETED PANEL INTERVIEW
    Kappa Cop: Applied 01/09, INITIAL 01/09, TEA 02/09, PANEL 04/09
    1811Chick: Applied 01/09, INITIAL 03/09, TEA 04/09, PANEL 05/09

    COMPLETED INITIAL INTERVIEW
    BLaw81: TEA 2006, INITIAL 03/09
    AgentHopeful03: Applied 02/08, INITIAL 07/08, TEA 05/09
    Bham SA Hopeful: Applied 11/08, TEA 05/09, INITIAL 05/09

    COMPLETED TEA EXAM
    Indy44: Applied 04/09, TEA 06/09

    APPLIED
    Future1811: Applied 03/09

    If you would like to be added to the list, PM me with your time line. If your time line needs to be updated PM me with your updates.

    *= New to the list.
    (Date) = Class Date

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    • Hello Ladies and Gentlemen, I am thinking about applying to USSS SA and was hoping someone can answer a simple question. On the USSS website, I do not see anything related to a physical agility test. Is there one? And if so, what are the requirements for different ages? I am in my 30's now, and need to see what they require for my age. Thanks.

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      • Hi BCRO2, I know that there is a point system involved but I don't recall the details of it. But to max out on the different pt portions is:

        pushups: 54
        pullups: 11
        1.5 mile: 10:17
        situps: 47

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        • Advice from anyone on doing pull-ups? I have a real problem with these. If I start from a dead hang I can't seem to break my elbows enough to pull even 1. If I start with my elbows slightly bent I can do 2. The other 3 categories I'm fine in, but I'm not seeing any progress with pull-ups. I have a pull-up bar in my house and I try every time I walk by it, but it is the same result.

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          • Originally posted by Bham SA Hopeful View Post
            Advice from anyone on doing pull-ups? I have a real problem with these. If I start from a dead hang I can't seem to break my elbows enough to pull even 1. If I start with my elbows slightly bent I can do 2. The other 3 categories I'm fine in, but I'm not seeing any progress with pull-ups. I have a pull-up bar in my house and I try every time I walk by it, but it is the same result.
            When I started working out, I could only do one or two pull-up (or chin ups where the palms are facing towards you). I believe the USSS manual given to me has you do chin-ups with palms toward you, which are a bit easier. Now I can do a couple of reps 8 - 10 (with pause in between). I am about 5'09 and 195 lbs. The main thing I started was my running (cardio) to lose some fat (1.5 miles at 6.6 mph). After the running, I would go straight to all the upper-body machines and free-weights. This would include bench-press, dumbell bicep curls, and tricep pull downs. I would also recommend the lateral pull-down bar.

            I'm not a workout buff and I am sure I do not know as much as some of the other folks here, but this routine has helped me tremendously with pull-ups. You probably do not have to do cardio, but it helps burn some fat (i.e. weight). I initially lost 13 - 15lbs over the first few months, but since I have increased the weight on the upper body equipment/weights, I have gained muscle (which I can see the difference) and put a few pounds back (muscle is heavier than fat). I have still kept the belly off though and continue to do 8 - 10 chin-ups much better. I could probably do more, but I do not want to push it too much. The last thing you want is to get injured in the application process. Hope this helps.
            I'm 10-8 like a shark in a sea of crime..

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            • Hey guys. I just submitted my initial application and supporting docs/transcripts. What should I expect next? And what are the steps in the process? Thanks!

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              • If a person is employeed with the USSS, does the USSS pay for tuition if the employee wants to get a graduate degree??

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                • Originally posted by skunkworks View Post
                  If a person is employeed with the USSS, does the USSS pay for tuition if the employee wants to get a graduate degree??
                  Not for SA's, the UD has an educational reimbursement program for personnel that seek Bachelors or advanced degrees.

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                  • How does the USSS view SA's or their family members having blogs? Clearly having embarrasing pictures or info on Facebook/MySpace can't help your application but are internet posts in general frowned upon?

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                    • Found out sucky news today that the specialist did not accept my new color vision test results I had submitted. I guess the results were still "below standards" of what is acceptable. Not that I am too terribly disappointed, but considering I was up front about my color vision from the start you would think the FO where I applied would know. None of those agents I spoke with felt it would be an issue since I've been in law enforcement going on 8 yrs. The Service does not even specify any color vision standards in any of their announcements, although they are very specific about normal vision, so it's a little aggravating. Oh well, keep up the fight for those still waiting. CJSA, take me out of the update list if you don't mind.
                      I'm 10-8 like a shark in a sea of crime..

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                      • Hello everyone,

                        Does the Service process people faster if they meet some "critical" skills like the FBI? I'm trying to find out if I would be competitive in the process.

                        I am graduating in December with my law degree. I have a few years of local patrol experience and some other financial/business work experience.

                        I am hopeful that my J.D. will help a little in the process.

                        Thank you to all who have posted with great info!
                        Steve

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                        • Originally posted by sco0437 View Post
                          Hello everyone,

                          Does the Service process people faster if they meet some "critical" skills like the FBI? I'm trying to find out if I would be competitive in the process.

                          I am graduating in December with my law degree. I have a few years of local patrol experience and some other financial/business work experience.

                          I am hopeful that my J.D. will help a little in the process.

                          Thank you to all who have posted with great info!
                          Steve
                          It seems from the usajobs website that they are hiring quite a bit. I don't think your education/experience will speed up the process, but the agents at the FO where I applied advised I would start at the GS9 level with my graduate degree and LE experience (before I got DQed on the medical). The GS9 level is higher pay and it also puts you senior above the GS5s and GS7s. With your education/experience, I'm sure you meet their quals. The process seems to be moving rather quickly. I think they are trying to get folks through the process within 180 days (6 mos) from initial app to job offer.
                          I'm 10-8 like a shark in a sea of crime..

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                          • I turned in my application on May 8 and their website says "Application received, you will be notified by email" but still no email, no call, nothing. Should I try and call my local field office or just be patient? I know the process is lengthy, but should I be concerned going on 2 months without hearing a word?

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                            • Hello everyone. New to the board and just had a few questions. I am currently a sophmore in college double majoring in Homeland Security and Criminal Justice. I have a pretty soild gpa of 3.2. My goal is to have a career with the USSS.

                              So my question for someone who has sucessfully gone through the application process for a SA is what kind of educational/ professional background do you have?

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                              • I will PM you. dalcowboys13

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