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  • danger
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    I work on the K9 side of the house, and the last 5 EDCH hires at my airport have been internal to TSA only. Kinda ****ed off the prior military K9 guys, but they want to incentivise people starting at the bottom have opportunities to move up. TSO definitely isn't that glamorous for sure, but if your motivated it's easy to stand out and move up. TSA is pretty well funded as an organization, so once you start to move up the ranks, you can get paid pretty well.

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  • Odox002
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    I worked as a TSO for a year. I would say you can move up rather quickly depending on your Airport. If your in a large airport I have seen TSO's go to Leads in as little as 6 months. Depends on the openings available, and I will say TSA is very Seniority dependent. I was there for 1 year and then got out after i received my Interchange Agreement paper work. You an make a career out of it if you choose but I wouldn't recommend it. Morale is low and everyone hates you lol.

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  • invertedPanda
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    Plenty, myself included. Started as a pt tso and in less than two years became an Inspector (1801 position). I've known others that have career tracked the same way too. Is every TSO going to promote up? Of course not, it's all what you put into it and the drive of the person. Not to mention FTE budgets. You'll find that at any place of business or government agency.

    I've worked with people that started out where I was that have moved on to other agencies from VA police, DOD police, USSS (1811), FAMS, USCIS, city police etc. I've seen people employed with TSA who were admin staff that became K9 handlers. When you have an agency that is 80% plus screening force, there isn't going to be enough positions for everyone to move into outside of screening. But if you're a person with drive, apply yourself, learn on the job, take on extra things to pad the resume, get plenty of interview practice and prepare yourself for when the job you want opens you'll be ready to take that offer.

    Plenty of agencies accept the interchange agreement. They are listed on OPM. It's a bit ridiculous to suggested that nobody can get hired through an interchange agreement other than DOD police applicants. I've applied via interchange and have made to interview panels.

  • orlandofed5-0
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    How many TSO's have actually been promoted to these positions? The ones who've not been locked up for theft or other issues, tend to apply to DoD police because of DoD being the only agency which hires them via the interchange agreement.

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  • NCG128
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    Originally posted by invertedPanda View Post
    All of the security clearances within TSA are in positions other than the TSO level (K9, TSI, FAMs, Intel Analyst, TSSE, etc). TSA is really good about hiring from within when it comes to moving up into other positions. The advancement is going to vary from airport to airport, but if you're willing to move you could advance a lot quicker.

    There are plenty of people that started out as a TSO and got into higher positions, including K9 slots. It's going to vary from airport to airport and the person doing the hiring over that division. If the person going thru the BQ list is a Marine and only wants other Marines to fill the slot, guess who isn't going to make the interview selection? It's unfortunately, but there is some of that going on instead of having an actual competitive process.

    Having prior K9 experience isn't a requirement for that slot. It's not like TSSE where everyone is former EOD or CBRNE.

    TSO is an entry level position and foot in the door to the federal government. It's what you make it. You can move up to Lead TSO, Supervisor and so forth and into other areas outside the screening force. You can also get into other areas of DHS. I've known a few people that got on with USSS that started out as a TSO (despite many here that will tell you it never happens, it does, just depends on the person).
    Definitely agree with you on this one. The goal is to get out before your first year. Do yourself a favor and try not to take what some people may say on here personally lol a lot of salty people.

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  • invertedPanda
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    All of the security clearances within TSA are in positions other than the TSO level (K9, TSI, FAMs, Intel Analyst, TSSE, etc). TSA is really good about hiring from within when it comes to moving up into other positions. The advancement is going to vary from airport to airport, but if you're willing to move you could advance a lot quicker.

    There are plenty of people that started out as a TSO and got into higher positions, including K9 slots. It's going to vary from airport to airport and the person doing the hiring over that division. If the person going thru the BQ list is a Marine and only wants other Marines to fill the slot, guess who isn't going to make the interview selection? It's unfortunately, but there is some of that going on instead of having an actual competitive process.

    Having prior K9 experience isn't a requirement for that slot. It's not like TSSE where everyone is former EOD or CBRNE.

    TSO is an entry level position and foot in the door to the federal government. It's what you make it. You can move up to Lead TSO, Supervisor and so forth and into other areas outside the screening force. You can also get into other areas of DHS. I've known a few people that got on with USSS that started out as a TSO (despite many here that will tell you it never happens, it does, just depends on the person).

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  • orlandofed5-0
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    TSO's don't get clearances. They get MBI investigations.

    There's not much advancement. Most of the K9 guys were k9 elsewhere.

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  • themoj0
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    Originally posted by MarDelVa96 View Post
    Have some questions regarding TSA transportation security officer positions.

    1. Does it provide you with a security clearance? If so, what level or kind.

    2. What room for advancement is there with this position?
    No security clearance worth mentioning. My 19 year old son just got put in the approved applicant pool, so its nothing fancy.
    Not sure on the advancement. there are only so many positions..so unless there are some special advanced positions( like K9 etc), id say its not superb.
    BUT..it does get your foot in the door of the feds system. that's half the battle, if you want to move on to something a bit bigger and better.

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  • MarDelVa96
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    TSA (transportation security officer)

    Have some questions regarding TSA transportation security officer positions.

    1. Does it provide you with a security clearance? If so, what level or kind.

    2. What room for advancement is there with this position?

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