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  • Originally posted by DC2008 View Post
    Hey guys, this is my first post. I just got a call from BOB with an offer but I missed it. I tried numerous times to call back with no success
    Keep trying. Also, keep trying!

    What's your timeline?
    Border Patrol Agent
    Applied - 11/11/2010
    Written Exam - 1/11/2011
    NOR - 1/20/2011 - Score - 96
    TSL1 - 5/25/2011
    TSL2 - 6/1/2011
    PFT1 - 6/24/2011
    BI Interview - 7/7/2011
    Oral Board - 7/20/2011 - Passed
    Drug Test - 8/12/2011 - Cleared in CASS 10/20/2011
    Background Completed - 11/1/2011
    Referred to TSU - 11/14/2011

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    • I saw the BPA post on usajobs but I am not sure if I should throw my name in the hat or not. I have heard that in the past the BPA had a high attrition rate due to the long hours and isolation from everything. I am a single guy and wouldn't know what to do being stuck in some remote area like Presidio, TX for example. On a positive note, I would at least have my foot in the door with the Feds and work on my Spanish. Anyone else on the boards have the same concerns?

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      • They offered my both Border Patrol Agent and Customs Officer. Texas for both careers. I am having a very difficult time deciding. Any input? I prefer the work of the Border Patrol but Customs Officers gives me the chance to return back home to NYC

        Exam 10/13/2010
        NOR 10/18/2010
        TSL1 12/23/2010
        OB 02/26/2011
        TSL2 05/08/2011
        BI Int 06/13/2011
        Drug 08/05/2011 Cleared 08/11/2011
        Call 8/24/11 Texas!!

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        • Originally posted by Blue Steel View Post
          I saw the BPA post on usajobs but I am not sure if I should throw my name in the hat or not. I have heard that in the past the BPA had a high attrition rate due to the long hours and isolation from everything. I am a single guy and wouldn't know what to do being stuck in some remote area like Presidio, TX for example. On a positive note, I would at least have my foot in the door with the Feds and work on my Spanish. Anyone else on the boards have the same concerns?
          If you're having doubts, watch Border Wars. It will give you a pretty good idea as to whether you want in or not. I am a computer geek, used to boring desk jobs so after watching that, I was ALL ABOUT IT. I am also a single guy, just turned 30, which makes it easier to pack up my east coast life and head SW.
          Border Patrol Agent
          Applied - 11/11/2010
          Written Exam - 1/11/2011
          NOR - 1/20/2011 - Score - 96
          TSL1 - 5/25/2011
          TSL2 - 6/1/2011
          PFT1 - 6/24/2011
          BI Interview - 7/7/2011
          Oral Board - 7/20/2011 - Passed
          Drug Test - 8/12/2011 - Cleared in CASS 10/20/2011
          Background Completed - 11/1/2011
          Referred to TSU - 11/14/2011

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          • Originally posted by DC2008 View Post
            They offered my both Border Patrol Agent and Customs Officer. Texas for both careers. I am having a very difficult time deciding. Any input? I prefer the work of the Border Patrol but Customs Officers gives me the chance to return back home to NYC

            Exam 10/13/2010
            NOR 10/18/2010
            TSL1 12/23/2010
            OB 02/26/2011
            TSL2 05/08/2011
            BI Int 06/13/2011
            Drug 08/05/2011 Cleared 08/11/2011
            Call 8/24/11 Texas!!
            Wish I could offer some advice. If family and returning home is that important to you, do what you gotta do. Good luck either way!
            Border Patrol Agent
            Applied - 11/11/2010
            Written Exam - 1/11/2011
            NOR - 1/20/2011 - Score - 96
            TSL1 - 5/25/2011
            TSL2 - 6/1/2011
            PFT1 - 6/24/2011
            BI Interview - 7/7/2011
            Oral Board - 7/20/2011 - Passed
            Drug Test - 8/12/2011 - Cleared in CASS 10/20/2011
            Background Completed - 11/1/2011
            Referred to TSU - 11/14/2011

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            • Originally posted by zkostrze View Post
              If you're having doubts, watch Border Wars. It will give you a pretty good idea as to whether you want in or not. I am a computer geek, used to boring desk jobs so after watching that, I was ALL ABOUT IT. I am also a single guy, just turned 30, which makes it easier to pack up my east coast life and head SW.
              Same here...just turned 30 this year and have been working in IT for the past 10 years. I just don't feel "right" after sitting in front of a PC for 8+ hours.
              Border Patrol Agent (Southwest Border)
              Applied: 7/15/10
              Exam: 8/20/10
              Exam Results: 8/25/10 (92)
              TSL 1: 9/10/10
              TSL 2/E-QIP: 10/18/10
              Oral Board: 10/19/10 (Passed)
              Medical/PFT1: 10/20/10
              Drug Test: 3/16/11 (Passed)
              Background Investigation Forms Follow-up: 4/10/11
              Background Investigation Interview: 6/10/11
              The Call: 7/27/2011 (EOD 8/22/2011, Yuma, AZ)
              TSU: 7/29/2011

              PFT II: 8/11/2001 (Failed Due to High Blood Pressue)
              The Call (2nd): 9/1/2011 (EOD 9/22/2011, Casa Grande, AZ)

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              • Originally posted by A_Gillespie View Post
                Same here...just turned 30 this year and have been working in IT for the past 10 years. I just don't feel "right" after sitting in front of a PC for 8+ hours.
                Same scenario here, 10+ years working my post college "Dream job" sitting behind a computer for 40 hours a week. I didn't realize just how miserable I was until I started working for DHS. Best decision I could have ever made and I hope it works out for others as well.

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                • I am going to choose Border Patrol
                  EOD 9/15
                  Academy 9/22-12/15

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                  • Originally posted by Blue Steel View Post
                    I saw the BPA post on usajobs but I am not sure if I should throw my name in the hat or not. I have heard that in the past the BPA had a high attrition rate due to the long hours and isolation from everything. I am a single guy and wouldn't know what to do being stuck in some remote area like Presidio, TX for example. On a positive note, I would at least have my foot in the door with the Feds and work on my Spanish. Anyone else on the boards have the same concerns?
                    I was skeptical at first of putting my name in the hat for Border Patrol. Then I really started doing research on the job, the training, the opportunities, etc. I found that it was everything I was looking for. My advice is go ahead and apply, go through the process, but if they offer you a location you don't want, you don't have to accept. It sucks moving away from friends/family, but focus on your long term goals and the benefits of the job.
                    What is Perseverance?
                    -Perseverance is commitment, hard work, patience, endurance.
                    -Perseverance is being able to bear difficulties calmly and without complaint.
                    -PERSEVERANCE IS TRYING AGAIN AND AGAIN.


                    BOP - BPA - ICE

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                    • Originally posted by zkostrze View Post
                      Hey Erika!

                      I took the test in West Seneca back in January. Not sure how far you have to travel for it. It took me a whole 10 minutes to drive there from my house.

                      Try here: http://www.honorfirst.com/Study%20Guide.pdf

                      and here: http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Bor...:9781576856727

                      These are the two that helped me get a 96 with no vet points. The book (second link) has, I think, 3 practice exams in it. Read the study guide first. It offers great advice on how to REALLY LOOK at the question to determine the most logical answer. I took about 15 questions a night for the 5 nights leading up to the exam and it was very helpful. Walked into the exam all kinds of confident.

                      As far as the ALT, same thing, read the study guide and KNOW YOUR GRAMATICAL RULES! The gramatical rules cheat sheets are invaluable and you will be given one during the test. Again, choose a handful of questions and mix them up as you study so you don't end up doing the same questions twice. Best of luck to you!


                      Hey!

                      I live in Alexandria Bay NY, my boyfriends family lives in LeRoy so I would be spending the night before over there. I haven't really started to study yet...do you mind maybe emailing me so we could talk one on one? I have thousands of questions and thank you soooo much for those links!

                      My email is [email protected] Facebook if you got it, Erika St.Germain

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                      • Originally posted by estgermain View Post
                        Hi Everyone!

                        My name is Erika and I currently live in upstate NY but I am orginally from MA. I am taking my BPA test in West Seneca, NY on 9/9/2011. I was supposed to take it in October, but my boss couldn't give me the date off. I really need some pointers and guidelines, considering it is coming up so fast. I would apperciate anyones feedback. Thanks again.


                        Erika
                        I noticed that people are telling you to buy a book and study - so maybe I'll be the lone voice of dissent here... but personally, I wouldn't. Hopefully CBP will send you a prep. book. My advice is to just read that. If you like, read it twice. I read over it one time and got a 97 without vet. points. It was definitely useful - especially for the ALT section. I don't think I would have done well at all, had I not read over that part. If you are confident in your logical reasoning and grammar, I wouldn't bother buying extra test prep. The booklet that you will be sent (that is, if you haven't already received it) is sufficient. If you're worried about the test after reading over it - just read over it until you feel like you have a firm grasp of all the material. No need to go out and buy anything. But that's just my .02

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                        • Originally posted by Blue Steel View Post
                          I saw the BPA post on usajobs but I am not sure if I should throw my name in the hat or not. I have heard that in the past the BPA had a high attrition rate due to the long hours and isolation from everything. I am a single guy and wouldn't know what to do being stuck in some remote area like Presidio, TX for example. On a positive note, I would at least have my foot in the door with the Feds and work on my Spanish. Anyone else on the boards have the same concerns?
                          I think a lot of the attrition in the past was due to a mass exodus of agents to FAMs after the events of 9/11.

                          I'm another one who had reservations about putting my name in the hat for USBP. But the more I have learned about this job, the more certain I have become that it is a great fit for me. I'm a single guy as well - so I probably have some of the same reservations you do. But you never know - you could end up somewhere like Tucson too. Definitely worth a shot - at least to me.

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                          • Originally posted by TheKansan View Post
                            I was skeptical at first of putting my name in the hat for Border Patrol. Then I really started doing research on the job, the training, the opportunities, etc. I found that it was everything I was looking for. My advice is go ahead and apply, go through the process, but if they offer you a location you don't want, you don't have to accept. It sucks moving away from friends/family, but focus on your long term goals and the benefits of the job.
                            I'm going to add a little to this. Kansan is right, everyone starting this process and all the hopefulls looking to get in it need to seriously sit down and think this thoroughly. This is really a MAJOR decision in one's life, one that will have some major impacts. Don't just do this for the money or because you need a job, do this only if you're dead serious about the BP mission statement. I recently took a trip down to TX to apply for a couple PD's (just in case BP doesn't pan out, even though it's my first choice), and I realized how different things are down here, and I was in large metro areas, not the isolated border. Being away from friends and family is just one of the luxuries that we wont have. I guess, all I'm trying to say is that do as much research of what you're getting yourself into. I know most of you guys here that are in this process as long as me are fully aware of this, so I'm directing this to all the newcomers. To everyone in TSU and almost there, hang on, we will be in the academy before we know it. I can't wait to earn that badge.


                            U.S. Border Patrol
                            EOD - 10/2011 SW, TX



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                            • Originally posted by Raymart View Post
                              Still here patiently waiting for the call as well.... kind of hard not to think about it. I am just so freakin excited about going to the academy!!
                              Me too Raymart I have been in the office for one month now.... But it feels like a lifetime. Hopefully some good news is coming are way soon!

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                              • I put my application in last week and have my test scheduled for October. Hopefully between BPA, ICE HSI, and the FBI someone will pick me up!

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