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  • Gossinater
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    Applied in August 2017, final hire offer October 2019. Offered three locations at time of final offer letter. Solidified where I'll be going before academy even starts. I guess that is how they are doing it now.

  • Robot
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    Does anyone know the upcoming academy dates after Ocotober?

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  • cbp1363
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    How long was your process? And did they offer locations at the time of the call? And of course congrats!

  • Gossinater
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    I am going to the October 27th academy. I had to redo the PT last Friday in Houston and got my final offer letter immediately after. My process was delayed due to my current LE job not sending paperwork to DEA in a timely manner. Once that got sorted out I am on the right path. I hope you guys move along in the process as I have.

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  • Goldielocks
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    Has anyone been able to get in contact with HR to check their application status?

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  • Lone-ranger
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    Sorry to hear that news because it sucks being in the process for a long time and not get a good explanation why it has ended. The jobs are not plentiful so it’s literally the luck of the draw on who gets picked. As it seems you have exhausted all avenues with DEA, I would simply apply somewhere else.

  • Blue Steel
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    I concur with chipperjones with many calls falling on deaf ears. I was sent the email link that included all my updated forms and duty location list. I was contacted shortly after by my FO Recruiter and instructed to be ready for the next academy. I wasn't able to make the initial PT session because of my work schedule but tried to reschedule. I contacted the FO Recruiter and Applicant Coordinator 2 weeks later because I hadn't heard anything, even after sending a couple emails for any PT test dates. I then receive a vague letter in the mail from DEA HR that my Conditional Offer was being rescinded and was due to a non-selection by Title Code ... I never officially received a letter that my file was even being closed but I was told by HR in DC that I could re-apply. This caused some confusion with my AC because she didn't even know if I could re-apply or not and kept asking me about a "File Closed" letter. I sent her a copy of the letter I received in the mail, but even then there still was some back and forth email exchanges and phone calls with HR in DC by my AC.

    I reached out to my AC and obtained the information to where to send my Appeal Letter. Even that was a struggle because I still had no clue for what I was even dropped for. I had to write a blind letter. I was told I could do the FOIA Request but should probably wait for the "Appeal" ruling to come back first. It has been 7 months now since I sent the Appeal Letter in and no word. Every time I call HR in DC for any updates, I am told, "It says here that your file is still showing Under Review, but that is all the information we have." I call once a month.

    I have 13 years of LE and Public Safety IT experience , no criminal record, veteran, master's degree, pilot license, etc. I met with my Investigator during the BI phase and had no problems there. I did notice that none of my neighbors or friends were ever contacted which I thought was odd. The Investigator did meet with my current boss and spoke to a co-worker. I believe my last job was also contacted as well. My BI was eventually closed by OPM - 15 months from initial e-QIP notification, and released back to DEA.
    Last edited by Blue Steel; 10-02-2019, 07:14 AM.

  • chipperjones
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    HI, something very similar happened to me! But I finished everything...even the poly in 2017 I did the Eqip, but no BI ever talked to my friends or family, I have never committed a crime or done any drugs. . I went to the hiring board apparently and was "not selected" according to them. Never got a letter and all my calls were falling on deaf ears. You will probably get the same wording that I got. "we see hear in the system that you were not selected, but I cant see why, I will forward this to HR". I've gotten that like 3 or 4 times. I was going to do a FOIA, but I just reapplied and am going through the process again, just waiting on poly(again).

    Its interesting about the Veteran thing though because I too am a veteran and I wonder if that is why I never received a denial letter. Since there is no real outlet to complain to for us no one will lose their job if they simply don't do the work....seems like a sweet gig if you ask me. Don't do your job and you still get paid and no one really notices. Good luck, I would do a FOIA or re apply again. If I get rejected again I'm going to do a FOIA this time.

  • TnTxGuy
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    Thank you. I’ll give them a call

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  • Blue Steel
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    You can call DEA HR in DC and ask for more information on your file. They may have limited information as well.

    DEA Headquarters, Human Resources Division
    Special Agent Recruitment Unit
    Phone: (202) 307-4100

  • TnTxGuy
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    Long post, but bare with me...

    So thought I’d get you gents opinion on something. I was told in Jan. (Recruiter) that if I didn’t hear from polygrapher by June to call them back. Meanwhile met with BI and finished all that. They even came to interview my co-workers. Felt like all was good. So painfully waited and no call by June, so I called them. I was told that the hiring board had decided to not further my application. I asked why, but they said I’d get a letter. I hadn’t taken a poly, so I wasn’t sure how I was already at the hiring board. Anyway, waited for it, but by middle of September, I still hadn’t received it, so I emailed asking if there was any way I could find out why my background didn’t pass ( military veteran and 10 year law enforcement). I didn’t get a reply, but a few days later the polygrapher calls me to set up my poly. So now I’m confused. I advised him what I had been told and he sounded surprised. He asked who told me that and I told him. He said they worked right down the hall and he’d go talk to them. 2 days later, I didn’t hear back from him so I reached out again asking if there was an update. He replied saying he had some people looking into it. Then a few minutes later, I get an email from recruiter again saying sorry it took long to reply and that since I was a veteran that a denial took longer to make sure no veteran rights were violated (or something to that degree). I advised that a polygrapher had called me and that I was very confused (and disheartened to hear I’m out and maybe back in then back out. They replied and said they’d check with HQ, so now I’m back to waiting.

    So, I assume I’m out, but has anybody heard of anything like this? Not just the back and forth, but also a packet going to hiring board before a poly?

    Thanks fellas and best of luck to you all.

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  • CDoubleOK
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    Hello all,


    Been a long time poster on here (Specifically in the 2014 forum). I haven’t been in a forum in a while but still get alerts and messages from people reading posts in old threads. I am a DEA Agent and wanted to say this…

    Advice to the applicants still in the process…
    1. Stay in contact with your recruiter but don’t be a pest
    2. Training for the PT
    3. If something is requested by HQ or your recruiter you should complete it immediately.
    4. Train for the PT
    5. Receiving your first field office at the time of hire is new and was def needed… But know that you may not get any of the locations on your wish list due to the agency prioritizing filling understaffed locations. However, if you are lucky enough to get a top spot from your wish list consider yourself blessed and immediately go play the lottery.
    6. Train for the PT… I keep saying that because the number of failures I see while administering this test is abysmal… This is the one test that you are fully in control of & you have all the answer too…

    Advice for newly hired BATs (Basic Agent Trainees) heading to Q
    1. Be humble
    2. Work hard while at Q
    3. Be a team player
    4. Help others when you can
    5. Know that you’re always being watched and judged and your reputation will follow you to your office prior to your arrival.
    6. Understand that everyone isn’t like you, the DEA hires people from all walks of life to carry out our mission.

    This is a great career that will pay you well over 6 figures and take you all over the world doing things you probably would never have imagined… If any of you has any specific questions about the jobs (not about steps in the process ie poly, interview, psych etc) feel free to direct message me… Good luck to you all…

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  • 367TX
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    First time posting. My timeline is in line with a lot of people on this thread. Hoping for a call by the September academy. Things have slowed down these last few weeks but I’m remaining hopeful.
    Last edited by 367TX; 08-27-2019, 02:19 AM.

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  • vson1192
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    Ohh ok. That’s interesting that you said you got the rail 2 weeks later. I actually submitted my eqip before I went to the poly. I guess I’ll never know for sure. My local recruiter has been terrible getting back to me for anything for some reason. Although she responds quickly to a few others that I know that communicate with her. Maybe she knows something that won’t tell me for sure.

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  • ArthurMorgan
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    I'm also somewhat in the same situation. I have received two emails (one in MAR and one in JUL), stating that I need to stay in shape (this was a mass email sent to other applicants) due to the fact that the DEA has already spent a lot of money and time on myself and others. I reached out to OPM, and they said they haven't received my application, however when I called the security specialist in DC, they stated that they are waiting for financial information, and that there is nothing I need to do on my end. I submitted my equip I believe between APR and JUL of last year, and took the polygraph in AUG of 2018. Any suggestions?

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