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  • Originally posted by TheChicagoKid1990 View Post
    Hey everyone I’ve been in the CBPO thread for a minute even though I applied for both. I ended up accepting BPA and selected Brian Station in Yuma Sector. EOD July 17. Anyone else doing the same? PM me! I’ve never been to the Southwest but I’m excited to try something new.
    congrats. I selected South Texas on my application, but I am starting to feel like Arizona May be better for family life. I am not a city person at all, but I’m also not a person who likes total isolation.

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    • SHU
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      I've been on numerous details in my career to Arizona and there is only one remote station within the state of Arizona that has a long commute and that is Ajo. Most agents who work in Ajo live in the suburbs of Phoenix and they ride to work (usually 80 to 90 minutes each way) for free in vans that are subsidized by uncle sam. Everyone sleeps in the van except the driver. Every other station is near a city of some sort within a 45 minute commute or less. Whether that be a smaller city like Yuma or Sierra Vista or larger like Tucson (or its suburbs) or a bigger city like Phoenix. To say 50% are in BFE is complete BS. But all of the stations, except Sonoita, are in the desert. I've have also been on a detail to deep south Texas in the past few years and I found the place to be a complete dump. If you are not from that part of the world, I suggest you strongly consider anywhere in Arizona over anything in Texas.

    • Radio Raheem
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      South Texas has its own unique culture that some consider shocking to endearing to off-putting to tolerable unless you are from the area then it's Shangri-La. I need to see some tall trees every once in a while. I need the seasons. I need to see foliage or isolated streams next to a wooded glen where the sun barely slices through the nurturing tree canopy. LOL

    • battlewagon
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      Guess depends on what you consider BFE. I consider Nogales, Douglas, Sierra Vista, Sonita, areas that guys commute from to live in 'better' places BFE. Sure, Nogales has tens of thousands people population, but i think for anyone not from a border town, would be considered worse than BFE. And anything over an hour commute, such as Nogales to the heart of Tuscon or one of the nicer areas north of it is BFE commute. Over an hour a day, twice a day, times five days a week will suck the life out of your soul. Especially when it's a vanpool, so you add time driving to the spot, rounding everyone up, etc. Been there done that.
      BFE isn't just a reference to distance, but also quality of life in the town.
      Last edited by battlewagon; 05-10-2019, 02:21 PM.

    • SHU
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      Nobody lives in the heart of Tucson. Its a dump in the heart of that city. Everyone lives in the nicer suburbs which are quite nice. Most PAs from Nogales, and many agents from Tucson and Three Points station live in Rancho Sahuarita. Nobody lives in a dump border town like Nogie unless your from that hole in the wall. Sonoita PAs mostly live in Vail which is full of PAs, defense industry employees and upper middle class retirees from midwest who play golf there daily. Sierra Vista is far out but it beats anything in south Texas in my experience. But other than Ajo, not one commute in the State of Arizona is more then 45 minutes.

      Where I work almost everyone in the state commutes and hour each way to work. Even if they only live 10 miles from where they work, it can still take an hour. Thats just the real world when you live in a city with millions of people.

  • Anybody EOD in June? I eod June 3 going to Laredo north.

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    • sarah_rod25
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      Congratulations! What job posting did you apply to? I curious on where I stand. I was 19-4

    • Jgonz383
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      sarah_rod25 thanks! I applied 18-3

    • Srhernza115
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      I EOD June 17th.

  • Ok guys I got my offers

    Calexico

    Lordsburg

    Deming

    Fall Furrias

    Loreto North

    Loreto West

    Zapata

    Eagle Pass South

    Corrizo Springs

    Marfa

    Presidio

    Sanderson

    van Horn

    sierra Blanca



    any thoughts on these choices?

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    • beeyoh
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      Thanks a lot guys I called back and left a message saying Corrizo Springs was my first choice and Falfurrias as my second so I might get falfurrias if corrizo isn’t available anymore

    • battlewagon
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      Just curious why Chorizo Springs? Where are you guys going to live, etc? Just wondering so I can help guide people who I know who get picked up

    • beeyoh
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      We are gunna live in La Pryor it’s only 30 mins away and we chose this because of the cost of living and it’s closest to my wife’s brother

    • LEO 1234
      LEO 1234 commented
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      When did you originally apply ? How long has your process been

  • Anyone starting the academy on July 25th, and picked "Campo"?

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    • beeyoh
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      I’m going to the academy on the 25th....are you located in San Diego we can train together if you want...but I’m going to Calexico

  • Originally posted by Moreyg View Post
    Anyone starting the academy on July 25th, and picked "Campo"?
    Make sure you are ready to hike up and down mountains all day and night. The academy PT will be easy compared to what you will have to do physically at Campo on the FTU. If your not from the area, get an apartment in Alpine to start off. Short 30 minute commute and very safe community. Its copland. While your on probation do not go out drinking and acting stupid because you will be fired. Working at 825 is like dog years. You will know much more about the law, doing felony cases and car stops then 95% of the Patrol. A lot of good PAs at 825 but it is a dangerous place to work. WEAR YOUR VEST EVERY SINGLE DAY. Good luck to you.

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    • I'd like to take a moment to give some unfiltered advice that I wish I had been given years ago. I don't check this forum often so if you message me I probably won't answer so don't take it personal. I'm busy living my life. So here is my 2 cents. These opinions are my own and do not represent the agency or anyone else.

      Whatever station you get, you will be there for probably 10+ years or until you quit or promote so be selective. If you want Arizona or California or whatever, wait for it. But you will be stationed on the southwest border. No more northern border nuggets jacking up PAs hopes and dreams of the great El Norte. All of my picks are based on the quality of life for me and my family and not really the work at the stations but some of these stations offer great work and family life. Specifically Three Points and Casa Grand are both great in both respects. But Temecula and San Clemente are just about home life and the work is non existent in many ways.

      Please note some of these stations may not take trainees at all, but most do. And the ones that don't today may do so a few months from now. In the Patrol nobody knows anything really. Its kind of like the Wizard of Oz. Logic does not come into play very often either.

      If you want Arizona, I would take these stations, in this order: 1 Three Points 2 Casa Grand 3 Tucson 4 Sonoita 5 Nogales 6 Wilcox 7 Brian Terry/Naco 8 Douglas 9 Ajo.

      And personally, (for me) if I was an applicant today, I wouldn't take anything past # 5 and nothing in New Mexico or Texas. I've been living in big cities my whole life and I don't care for small towns. If you do then great. But its not my thing. So my picks are based on that. Also I want many job opportunities for my spouse and in small cities there are not many. Plus I like to have a choice of lots of real American trained doctors and world class healthcare for my kids. Not some third world clinic.

      In Yuma sector I wouldn't take either of those stations. Its as hot as hell fire there and that is not my thing.

      San Diego Sector in California I would take these stations in this order. 1 Temecula/ Netwon Azrak 2 San Clemente 3 El Cajon 4 Chula Vista 5 Imperial Beach 6 Campo 7 Boulevard 8 Brownfield. I put Brown last because I heard they are going to build their new station way down the 94 past that casino and its gonna be a hella commute. Especially on the weekend with all those guys on the bikes crashing and burning.

      In El Centro Sector I'd take Indio and live in nice Palm Springs but thats it. But south near the border down in the Imperial Valley, El Centro sector is third world ugly. Its the poorest community in the State of California. Its 126 degrees in the summer and its humid in the imperial valley due to all of the farming. It literally smells like sh*t all the time. People run away from that sector. Medical care is third world. The only people who live there are cops and criminals. I wouldn't take Calexico or El Centro Station, or Blythe in California, but any other station in California I would take if I were single or if my wife worked and we didn't have a bunch of kids due to the cost of living.

      The rest of this is my opinion and I'm giving it to you for free, so take it for what you had to pay for it. This is just what I would do if I were a applicant today. Do whatever you want to do because its your life and you will have to deal with the consequences of your actions. Remember this is my opinion and I do not represent the agency in any way.

      Right now the Patrol needs you more then you need it. So if they call and offer you some location that you do not feel you can live for a LONG TIME, politely decline and ask them if they have any openings at any of the places you want to live. They may act like you are screwed if you turn them down but trust me. They NEED bodies. They may say they are going to take you off the list and you will never ever be hired again. Those people who call you are like sales reps. They need you to say yes. Don't say yes to some god awful location 3 hours from a Walmart. The Patrol NEEDS YOU. The POTUS wants more PAs on the border and management is dying to hire people. If they do kick you out of the process then just reapply and they will call you back. If you can pass a BI then they NEED YOU.

      A ton of people are retiring this year and they have to replace them. Sit back and wait for a good place that is right for you and your family so you won't be miserable and quit. The Patrol is not worth getting a divorce over. If you move to some third world location where all the locals hate you and your spouse because they hate Migra, they are gonna hate life and it is not going to work out. I don't want anybody working with me that is always worried about home. You need your head screwed on right to do this job. When you first start out, wherever that is, its going to be stressful. Really stressful at first. You need to go home and not have to deal with even more stress. So sit back and wait for the right opportunity for you and your family. There are some forums on the internet that are dedicated to the Patrol's hiring process. Some of the info is good but some is Rah Rah BS. Absorb what is useful and discard the rest. And remember, your family loves you, but no job ever will, so act accordingly. Good luck to you.

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      • Radio Raheem
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        "When you first start out, wherever that is, its going to be stressful. Really stressful at first. You need to go home and not have to deal with even more stress."

        I hope people take advantage of what this person is saying because it is the truth. Many times have I seen families break apart because the spouse moved away. The exodus could have been for a legitimate reason like the lack of quality healthcare, schools or job opportunities. Any job that you consider, where you have to move your family, should be considered carefully. I see a number of these applicants asking about the type of work and not the type of life. Don't make a snap judgement! Carefully research, compare and contrast each sector and stations to which you could be potentially assigned. Ask about schools, hospitals, job opportunities, recreation, nightlife, child care, etc. This is your life!

        "And remember, your family loves you, but no job ever will, so act accordingly."

        Aside form "It's gon rain!" no truer words have ever been said. I would also like to add that BP is not the end all and there are other opportunities in more habitable and hospitable locations, so apply to different agencies and choose what is best for your family. If it is about the money, CBP gets paid more, and you have a better shot at getting assigned within the interior.
        Last edited by Radio Raheem; 05-09-2019, 09:08 AM.

      • Evolution81
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        you can tell who the new boots to the feds are.... because they care more about work life then home life....after being in the feds almost 15 years..... home life trumps duty station life....listen to this man!!!!...this is the case with most fed leo duty stations..my last agency i spent 3 years commuting 3 hours a day....NEVER AGAIN!!!!...once you been a fed leo long enough you will bleed green more then blue...and you will want to do your 8/10/12 and hit the GATE!...you are a # to HQ..so wear your jersey proudly..LOL
        Last edited by Evolution81; 05-03-2019, 03:36 PM.

    • Anyone ever been stationed at Calexico if so what’s it like? What should I expect and what not.

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      • Srhernza115
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        I’m from a town about 10 minutes away from Calexico and I think it’s a **** hole pardon my language. You’re lucky though because there’s a bunch of small towns like El centro and Imperial (it’s where most LEOs reside) that are nearby. The valley can be pretty bad in terms of the weather but you will be blessed with having a Walmart, Costco, movie theatre, mall, etc. within a relatively close proximity. I was forced to choose between Blythe, a bunch of small towns in Texas and a bunch of other towns in NM so I went with Blythe. Blythe doesn’t have a Walmart or a movie theatre. The closest ones are like 1 hr away. I’ve always hated the valley because of being limited in options but now I’m really gonna get to know what’s it’s like not to have much around.

        Overall I think out of most small towns it ain’t as bad but still. You are only two hours away from San Diego and about 3 from San Bernardino if you really want to get away. If I could pick calexico I would in a heartbeat but unfortunately I couldn’t due to HQs requirement about being hired 100 miles within the area you live. If you have any other questions feel free to ask.

      • transamracer94
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        Srhernza115 let me ask you I currently live in Surpise, Az and I selected Ajo being that it is about 107 to 110 miles away. Technically if I get Ajo then I wouldn't have to move correct?

    • What's up everyone. For the past year or more, I've put some serious thought into applying for BP, however I have some apprehensions regarding my medical history. I was turned away from military service because I had seizures growing up, and some into my twenties. I'm almost 30 now, and have my seizures under control, am seeing a neurologist, meds, etc. Also I have no other conditions, am physically fit, etc.

      For further context, my seizures are largely preventable in that I eat healthy, get sleep, and wear polarized sunglasses. The seizures weren't random by any means, but it took trial and error to figure out that the aforementioned safeguards keep them at bay. So in that sense, i'm fortunate. I just am worried that it will prevent me from reaching my dream of becoming LE.

      Can anyone tell me for certain that this is grounds for disqualification from CBP hiring process? Or, what are some alternatives to getting into LE field with a condition like this?
      Last edited by sam6689; 05-02-2019, 10:32 AM.

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      • Radio Raheem
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        I'm pretty sure no one here is a physician or they wouldn't be applying to BP. ; - )

        I would talk to HR and then go from there.

      • battlewagon
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        Like he said above, why wouldn't you just apply and see what they say. If they allow you in and you had applied a year ago, you'd be at the academy now or soon. So just apply and let them tell you no. If I had to bet $5 on it I'd say it's a deal breaker, but I'm also not in HR or the medical field. Let then tell you yes or no, not someone on here.

    • Finally got the call. Any thoughts on these three stations offered?

      CA - Boulevard, Campo
      AZ - Brian A. Terry

      Thanks!

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      • battlewagon
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        Blvd and Campo you can live with a reasonable commute from outskirts of San Diego. I think BLV has more checkpoint work but both pretty good stations. Good work to be had. You won't have seniority for at least a decade unfortunately. BT station a good station too I've been told, but don't know much about the AZ corridor

    • Originally posted by YOUNG718 View Post
      Finally got the call. Any thoughts on these three stations offered?

      CA - Boulevard, Campo
      AZ - Brian A. Terry

      Thanks!
      Campo is the station with all of the checkpoint work. 728 and old 80 and a big AOR to work. Over 10k cars per day on average on the 8 freeway through 728. Campo is 10 minutes closer to San Diego then blvd. Blvd has had a point in the past but they rarely if ever run their checkpoint and management is better there. If it were me, I'd pick Blvd and forgo the checkpoint life. But if you are married with a bunch of kids and your wife doesn't make serious bank, I'd forgo San Diego altogether and go to Naco/ B.Terry and live in Sierra Vista. But if your single or married with your spouse working and you don't have kids yet, go to Boulvard or Campo.

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      • YOUNG718
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        Thanks for the info! I decided to go with Brian A. Terry! I've been a city boy my whole life and decided a change of pace is a better fit for me.

      • TheChicagoKid1990
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        Yea I did the same! When do you EOD? PM me

      • YOUNG718
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        EOD 5UG... Looking forward to meeting you!!

      • TheChicagoKid1990
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        Nice I EOD 15July

    • EOD July 25th,

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      • Hi can someone explain to me in detail the 100 mile radius rule. I live in EL Paso tx, what would be the closest stations i could work at. For example sierra blanca is about 80 miles away from el paso, would i be able to work at this station or are they very strict with the “100” miles

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        • Srhernza115
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          They are very strict so I’m guessing the places you are interested in are out of the question.

        • YOUNG718
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          It never hurts to ask but I don't think they accommodate for that.
          Last edited by YOUNG718; 05-10-2019, 03:08 AM.

      • Can anyone give me some advice on when I should apply. I will be graduating with a BA in CJ in December 2019, and want to apply for GL-7. How long is the process taking for most people? I want as little time between graduation and academy as possible.

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        • Jgonz383
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          I graduated with a BA in Cj back in May of 2018 but I had applied 5 months prior to graduating. Process for me took 1 year 4 months. Should have applied months before graduating.

        • YOUNG718
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          As soon as possible. It took me nearly 2 years for my EOD date but I come in as a GL-7 due to my degrees and SAA.

      • Originally posted by battlewagon View Post

        Unless Customs offered you your hometown, you would be a fool to take that over BP. You can join the agency that you sit in a booth and stamp passports while the supervisor watches you from the booth camera while reading the citizen complaint filed against you a few weeks ago because you didn't kiss their *** and say sir enough and make them feel special for returning to the country. Which isn't even your fault because on your seventh hour of the shift that happened on, your supervisor told you that you were going to have to work another shift, another eight making for an unplanned 16 hour shift, so you were tired and upset you were going to miss your cousins birthday barbeque. Which happened at the same time as the next lane over someone illegally entered the country by running through the port and your partner couldn't chase them because it is against customs policy.

        ​Or you can go out there and kick *** and live the dream.

        Your call.
        You just got me excited for my future ! I know someone who got hired as a CBPO and I’m god willing i am going to be up for Bpa very soon and I’m happy about my decision now .

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        • Radio Raheem
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          I was BP, and the work was fun, I developed long term friendships, and I learned so much. I wouldn't trade my BP experience for anything. If I won the lottery, I would have still come into muster the next day (unless I was working the night shift, lol). Battlewagon is right. If OFO doesn't offer either your hometown or a desirable city as you first assignment, then you should definitely choose BP. However, you should consider the fact that you will make more money with OFO. Their night differential starts at an earlier time of the day. Their Sunday pay is a higher percentage, and at least they get overtime. In my 8 years wit BP, I only got one day of 45 Act. There are virtually no opportunities to swap BP stations except for swaps like Laredo South for Eagle Pass or something like that. Relocations are seniority based and few and far between, and promotions are not guaranteed either. With OFO, and this is why I specified "desirable" city for your first assignment, you have a real opportunity to transfer to another city.

          Ex: You may be from Baltimore, but they assign you to Boston or Atlanta as your first duty station. You will probably have a better chance of finding someone to swap with you, or you can coordinate a 3-way swap. There are just more options in that regard unless you get assigned to Calais, Maine or something.

          You have to weigh your options (which I'm sure you have already done so) and do what will be best for you AND yours. It would be a bad idea to make a decision based on the type of work alone. To keep it all the way 1000, if someone told me that I could make over 100K + pension + health and dental + TSP (with or without a degree) stamping passports, I would have probably jumped on it. People do more work scanning groceries or merchandising products on shelves or delivering heavy packages or even working cases as a state or city prosecutor and get paid way less. So just think about it. Oh, and this will really bake your noodle...what if you are assigned to a BP checkpoint station anyway? You may not be stamping passports, but you will be getting paid less for essentially doing the same work as OFO, and you would have less legal authority at a checkpoint as opposed to the POE, and you would likely be living in a border town.

          This post = mind + blown

      • Anyone have input on what the work is like in El Cajon? What kind of special assignments are there? I am VRA and I am hoping I will get to fight with them once they give me the call to pick the best location possible. Just an FYI I am just waiting for my background to go through adjudication and drug test.

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