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    Just starting a thread for anyone who is starting the DEA schedule B hiring in 2021

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    Just started the process

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    • #3
      I took and passed the PTA for this announcement recently. It's probably the hardest fitness test I've taken for an agency, and I'm in good shape - do not underestimate it. There were at least 5-6 people who failed on my testing date, and some were on their second and last try. If you don't score at least one point in one of the tests, you are sent home.

      A few things I wanted to note:

      Sit-ups failed the most people, or they scored the lowest in this category and couldn't make up for it on the other tests. Strengthening your core should be a priority in your training regime, as it compliments everything else.

      If you have pre-existing shoulder injuries or past surgeries/repairs, I'd work on continuing to strengthen and rehabilitate your shoulder strength and flexibility. The form they require for the push ups are not shoulder friendly. I can usually knock out 60+ without stopping (correct form), but for the DEA test I could only do 40ish. They're very strict on THEIR required form, as others have stated in the other DEA forums.

      When preparing for the test, I would recommend running the 300m sprint, and then running the 1.5 mile run after with a 10 minute break in between. I didn't do this and underestimated how much the 300m takes from your legs. I usually run a sub 10 1.5, but not even close after doing the 300m sprint first.

      The DEA agents there told us that at least 17 people failed the PTA at the academy - for the one that recently started. They mentioned that the DEA is thinking about making it a requirement to have at least 15 points before you get to the academy. So, with all that being said, make sure you are training every day and exceeding expectations. Always use correct form, and please take care of your shoulders leading up to your PTA test - I can't stress that enough.

      Good luck everyone.
      Last edited by NeverGiveUpTX; 04-19-2021, 01:03 PM.

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      • Levithane
        Levithane commented
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        I dont see the 15 pt thing happening. I say that because it would eliminate even more people. They're having the same problems the FBI is having with people passing the test, since its the same test. The FBI from what I was hearing went the lenient route. As far as the sprint, run a 1 mile to a 1.5 mile first then do sprint repetitions after a 5-10 minute break. Helped me pass the sprint portion and I dropped my time by 6 seconds when I took it the second time after not passing it the first time.

        As far as not passing a section and getting sent home. Thats up to the individual recruiter. Some of them will let you continue even if you fail. Which if that happens its in the person's best interest to at least finish even if they fail a part.

      • ky19lw
        ky19lw commented
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        How long did it take from
        the time you submitted your paperwork to getting the invite for the PFT? And are you out of TX? If so I am as well

      • Badger99
        Badger99 commented
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        Levithane FBI lowered the standard for the pre-employment phase, but people still need to pass it at the academy. The PT part and the slowness of the FBI BI process have unsurprisingly hindered them in hiring new SAs.

        For better or worse DEA and the Marshals evidently are the hardest/strictest physically right now, or so I'm told.

    • #4
      What kind of form are they looking for on pushups? From the website, it looks like they want your hands much wider than what I typically do.

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      • #5
        Hello 2021 Applicants, I applied for the job and my PT is scheduled for first week of July. I am located in Houston TX. The PT is hard, the springs are very challenging, I am over 40 and am not fast as I was before. I am following the PT Manual received in the email.

        To this date my sit ups are 37, push ups 40, 300 mt. 62 seconds, 1.5m 11:23.

        I wish everyone luck and my best on this new journey.
        Last edited by CA_specialist; 06-14-2021, 09:31 PM.

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        • Levithane
          Levithane commented
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          Hate to be the bearer of bad news but you won't pass with those numbers. IRRC correctly 38 situps is needed for 1 pt and you need 52 seconds for the sprint to get 1 pt.

        • CA_specialist
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          I passed the test. I trained for 4 weeks really hard and got 18 points

      • #6
        Originally posted by CA_specialist View Post
        Hello 2021 Applicants, I applied for the job and my PT is scheduled for first week of July. I am located in Houston TX. The PT is hard, the springs are very challenging, I am over 40 and am not fast as I was before. I am following the PT Manual received in the email.

        At this date my sit ups are 37, push ups 40, 300 mt. 62 seconds, 1.5m 11:23.

        I wish everyone luck and my best on this new journey.

        In a week I'll be on my 6th PT test with them. You will need to grind as I write this if you want to pass. You will get one more retry.

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        • CA_specialist
          CA_specialist commented
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          I passed with 18 points.

      • #7
        58+ is a perfect score for the sit-ups. Has anyone seen a person actually get 58 sit-ups using the DEA's protocol? I feel like this is a near impossible task in a minute.

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        • Sheridan1
          Sheridan1 commented
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          Seems like pushups would be the only one possible to get a perfect score if you're not an elite athlete. Possibly the run as well.

        • NYC1175
          NYC1175 commented
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          Sheridan1 the mechanics just seem impossible for the sit-ups; it's not even a matter of physical strength or ability. All the way down, all the way up with hands behind the head for a minute. I don't see how anyone can get 58. I managed 56 on the FBI test, but they let you cross your hands over your chest

        • ZH97
          ZH97 commented
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          Yeah it doesn’t really seem like it’s testing core strength at all - just speed of sit-ups and having “perfect” form.

      • #8
        Whats up guys! i submitted my drug questionnaire,resume and transcript to my local dea recruitment office. I am missing the occupational questionnaire but havent heard anything back. How long does it usually take to hear back from a recruiter to receive an occupational questionnaire?

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        • Levithane
          Levithane commented
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          Its dependent on your FO

      • #9
        thanks for your reply and i understand, but is there an average time span to receive the documentation from them. In addition i havent even been able to get in touch with anyone from the recruitment office at all. I sent the documents listed in previous post to the general NYFO recruiter email on the dea website.

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        • NYC1175
          NYC1175 commented
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          I sent my resume, drug questionnaire and transcripts to the NYFO in October 2020 and never heard back. You should probably call them.

        • NGPAPP
          NGPAPP commented
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          Delete........

      • #10
        I’ve tried calling left a voicemail. I then received a text message asking for my email and never got anything after that. Were you ever able to get in touch?

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        • NYC1175
          NYC1175 commented
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          I was never able to get a hold of anyone from the NYFO, but in all fairness to them, I was juggling several applications at the time and wasn't really persistent besides my initial document email and one follow-up email.

      • #11
        NYC1175 i dont know if your still waiting on other agencies or are still interested in the DEA but they literally just got back to me with occupational questionnaire after constantly leaving voicemails.

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        • NGPAPP
          NGPAPP commented
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          I've been reaching out via email/call countless times over the last year and have not heard a peep from the NY office. Maybe I'll give that a try.

      • #12
        I applied in February, Then completed PT test in June. I’m near the end of another hiring process, but will 100% take DEA if I happens first.

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        • Levithane
          Levithane commented
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          Usms by far has the most disorganized hiring out of any of the agencies. As far as DEA the process will come to a standstill then all the sudden you're done with half of the process within under 5 months. I did the psych(written), psych interview, medical, eqip, and polygraph within 3 months.

        • chaseonfoot
          chaseonfoot commented
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          Levithane definitely, my application was left in limbo twice. That’s why I feel like DEA will catch up. Especially since only thing I have is the pt assessment with USMS. However, chances are I won’t be in a class until 2022 and without Covid looks like DEA can be the same... IF I’m lucky haha.

        • Levithane
          Levithane commented
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          chaseonfoot 2023 is more realistic in your case. Thats because it takes about a year from applying to clear everything if there aren't any hold ups. Then you end up waiting 3 to 8 months for a call if you pass the hiring panel. I'm only going by what I've seen how long it took previous people on here to get hired

        • chaseonfoot
          chaseonfoot commented
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          Levithane well I’ve waited so long I guess 2023 doesn’t seem bad. Compared to being a wave 1 December 2018 schedule B applicant for USMS lol.

      • #13
        Anyone heard anything out of DC office?

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        • Venutis1
          Venutis1 commented
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          Anyone in DC get back to you yet?

        • Lonestar001
          Lonestar001 commented
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          One person said they their interview about a week ago. I still haven’t heard anything.

        • Venutis1
          Venutis1 commented
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          Lonestar001 have you heard back from anyone since you’ve applied? I applied a day ago and received an email this morning just saying documents received etc.

        • Lonestar001
          Lonestar001 commented
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          Venutis1 I’ve completed the initial testing and first PT test. I haven’t heard anything since I passed that.

      • #14
        Has anyone skiped the MAC event? I received an invitation but didn't schedule for the test and interview. How long after the PT Test does it take to have the written test and Panel Interview?

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        • #15
          I submitted my initial application documents to the Chicago Field Division earlier this week. They were responsive and acknowledged receipt right away. Anyone else processing out of Chicago?

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          • Outsider11
            Outsider11 commented
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            Did you contact the office directly to start the process or did you apply through usajobs? Will be applying through Chicago

          • DoubleHaul
            DoubleHaul commented
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            I contacted the office directly. The recruiter will send you instructions on how to submit an application package.

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