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  • Anybody ever have their CASS status go down from 63% to 50%???

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    • My locations to pick were Marfa Texas, lordsburg Texas, Sanderson Texas and Presido Texas. Any information on these locations, which is best to work at. Thanks

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      • jcsaenz3
        jcsaenz3 commented
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        HonorFirst has some good information on those locations

      • battlewagon
        battlewagon commented
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        What did you end up picking

      • FerrerRodriguez
        FerrerRodriguez commented
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        Battlewagon i choose Sanderson Tx

      • battlewagon
        battlewagon commented
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        Cool deal. Small west Texas community. Stick around that station for a few years and you'll have some senority and promotion potential. Good luck at academy.

    • Hey all, long time lurker and a current applicant. I was hoping to get someones take on this since I haven't heard anything yet through email or phone.

      11-4 took polygraph and received a verbal pass
      11-8 got a call from QC said that they needed a follow up to redo some sections

      12-2 got a verbal fail mid way through test and examiner continued with a little interrogation for around 45 minutes, then ended with i'll submit this to QC and see what they say.

      It's been about 2 weeks and i haven't received anything. Not too sure if the "fail" was a scare tactic or if i really failed, does anyone have any experience something like this?

      Also, is there i can speak to someone about the status of my application other than through the CBP app?


      Thanks in advance.

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      • jcsaenz3
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        I think its just up to QC to determine if you pass or fail. Ive read of guys that have taken it four times.

    • Does anyone know how many actual days the border patrol academy is?

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      • anuj1985a
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        117 training days

    • Hey guys I just Received the call with a EOD of March 23 but I need help choosing duty stations as I am not familiar with the areas. I am young, single and have no family if that matters. these are the list of towns they gave me:

      Texas:
      Harlingen
      Forth brown
      Laredo north
      East pass south
      Marfa
      Presidio
      Sanderson
      Fort hancock

      New Mexico:
      Lordsburg
      Deming
      Las cruces
      Santa taresa

      California:
      Calixo
      El centro
      Boulevard
      San clemente
      brownfield

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      • DRohn167
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        I’m jealous man, I really would have loved either Harlingen to be near Brownsville and South Padre, or Santa Teresa to be near El Paso. Good friend of mine used to work Santa Teresa and lived in El Paso and absolutely loved it. I took Uvalde and EOD March 23rd as well so I’ll be seeing you then!

    • Originally posted by Cgrizz View Post
      Hey guys I just Received the call with a EOD of March 23 but I need help choosing duty stations as I am not familiar with the areas. I am young, single and have no family if that matters. these are the list of towns they gave me:

      Texas:
      Harlingen
      Forth brown
      Laredo north
      East pass south
      Marfa
      Presidio
      Sanderson
      Fort hancock

      New Mexico:
      Lordsburg
      Deming
      Las cruces
      Santa taresa

      California:
      Calixo
      El centro
      Boulevard
      San clemente
      brownfield
      In my opinion San Clemente and Harlingen are hands-down the most desirable stations on that list. however, depending on what you want most desirable doesn't equal most fun. Harlingen is one of the very desirable stations in the Rio grande Valley sector, due to its location and being a good town to live in but also reasonable commuting distance from two other major cities. It's a line station meaning you are patrolling the Border along the river, which is in my opinion the most fun type of work. However Harlingen is long and by far the slowest station in the Rio grande Valley sector, or it was when I left at least. There's still work to be had you won't be sitting on your butt everyday, but I remember they were times where they would apprehend in a week what the busy stations down the road would apprehend in a single shift.

      San Clemente is mostly checkpoint work, and while I have no experience there or anywhere in California, I know San Clemente is a desirable station due to being so far inland that you have a ton of great places you can live within a reasonable commute. Boulevard and brownfield are also fairly desirable stations due to their proximity to San Diego.

      Some of the Cali guys will have to chime in and maybe people with experience in New Mexico and West Texas. Putting all differences aside between quantity and quality of work, the Southern California stations of boulevard brownfield and San Clemente as well as Harlingen would probably be the best quality of life places to live, with things to do for a young single guy.

      My two cents

      Edit: I see fort Brown is on your list as well. That is also a very desirable station in South Texas, is pretty similar to Harlingen in the sense that it is a smaller line station that doesn't have big stats but there's still work to be had and is near a major metro area, Brownsville, Texas. You are lucky to have some very good stations on this list. Keep in mind all the things that I think are good may not be what suits You. Believe it or not there are people in this world that think sanderson Texas is heaven.

      My apologies for any spelling or grammar errors, this was all done by voice text and I didn't really go back and check anything
      Last edited by battlewagon; 12-18-2019, 02:27 PM.
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      • Cgrizz
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        thank you for that information. do you get locality pay adjustment if you work in California. I know the cost of living is higher there

    • Originally posted by battlewagon View Post

      In my opinion San Clemente and Harlingen are hands-down the most desirable stations on that list. however, depending on what you want most desirable doesn't equal most fun. Harlingen is one of the very desirable stations in the Rio grande Valley sector, due to its location and being a good town to live in but also reasonable commuting distance from two other major cities. It's a line station meaning you are patrolling the Border along the river, which is in my opinion the most fun type of work. However Harlingen is long and by far the slowest station in the Rio grande Valley sector, or it was when I left at least. There's still work to be had you won't be sitting on your butt everyday, but I remember they were times where they would apprehend in a week what the busy stations down the road would apprehend in a single shift.

      San Clemente is mostly checkpoint work, and while I have no experience there or anywhere in California, I know San Clemente is a desirable station due to being so far inland that you have a ton of great places you can live within a reasonable commute. Boulevard and brownfield are also fairly desirable stations due to their proximity to San Diego.

      Some of the Cali guys will have to chime in and maybe people with experience in New Mexico and West Texas. Putting all differences aside between quantity and quality of work, the Southern California stations of boulevard brownfield and San Clemente as well as Harlingen would probably be the best quality of life places to live, with things to do for a young single guy.

      My two cents

      Edit: I see fort Brown is on your list as well. That is also a very desirable station in South Texas, is pretty similar to Harlingen in the sense that it is a smaller line station that doesn't have big stats but there's still work to be had and is near a major metro area, Brownsville, Texas. You are lucky to have some very good stations on this list. Keep in mind all the things that I think are good may not be what suits You. Believe it or not there are people in this world that think sanderson Texas is heaven.

      My apologies for any spelling or grammar errors, this was all done by voice text and I didn't really go back and check anything

      thank you for that information. do you get locality pay adjustment if you work in California. I know the cost of living is higher there

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      • battlewagon
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        Yes. I've done the math for guys before who are looking to transfer to California offices with my current agency, and while you do get an increase it's still a net loss compared to the cost of living say Harlingen or Brownsville Texas.

        For example I did the math for someone who was a gs-13 considering a spot in Jacksonville and San Francisco. San Francisco has the highest adjusted pay in the US but after accounting for overall tax liability a state and federal, San Francisco agent would net only $7,000 a year more than the Jacksonville Florida agent. and obviously equivalent living conditions between Jacksonville and San Francisco would cost a lot more than seven Grand more a year in SF.

        Obviously different variables then your situation, but Texas has no state income tax just like Florida so it's a somewhat relevant comparison. I'm not trying to talk you out of California, but just things to consider

      • Cgrizz
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        yea I agree. I also want to make the most money and live comfortable so iim leaning more towards Texas. if chose California I would barley make it with a gs 7 salary considering the cost of living

    • Originally posted by battlewagon View Post

      San Clemente is mostly checkpoint work, and while I have no experience there or anywhere in California, I know San Clemente is a desirable station due to being so far inland that you have a ton of great places you can live within a reasonable commute. Boulevard and brownfield are also fairly desirable stations due to their proximity to San Diego.

      Some of the Cali guys will have to chime in and maybe people with experience in New Mexico and West Texas. Putting all differences aside between quantity and quality of work, the Southern California stations of boulevard brownfield and San Clemente as well as Harlingen would probably be the best quality of life places to live, with things to do for a young single guy.

      San Clemente isn't inland: it's the exact opposite. The station is practically spitting distance from the ocean. What it is, though, is 60 miles north of the border. It's on the boundary between San Diego County and Orange County, and agents who are assigned there rate a slightly higher COLA than other San Diego Sector agents. While they do operate a very large checkpoint that is...occasionally...open, they also do a lot of interdiction and coastal work. What they don't do is traditional field work, i.e. chasing groups on foot or cutting sign. But, living options are exponentially more plentiful because of the location. Commute will likely be based on affordability instead of access.

      Boulevard, on the other hand, is 60 miles inland, sitting right near the boundary between San Diego County and Imperial County. I just learned recently that the commute from San Diego proper and El Centro is practically the same. However, I can also say that despite it being the most remote station in sector, every agent I've ever met from there loves it. It's a small station and the work is good (all linewatch/signcutting, no checkpoint). However, the drive to and from work is considerable if you want to live near the population centers.

      A couple of years ago, Brown Field would have been the easy choice. The station is currently located within a relatively easy commute from metro San Diego (along with Imperial Beach, Chula Vista, and El Cajon stations), but they'll be moving to a brand new location that's a little bit farther away in the next year or two. Toss in the fact that they operate one of the sector's checkpoints, and the calculus gets a little bit tougher.

      Bottom line: if you want to come to San Diego, you have three very different options to choose from.

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      • battlewagon
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        That's inland in BP terms. The same way corpus Christi is an inland station even though corpus is a city on the beach. Then again you Cali guys call highways 'freeways' and say 'the' before highway numbers, so you guys are a weird bunch.

      • RLB4104
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        Yeah, I'll give you that one.

    • I received the call a week ago they informed me my EOD date is Jan 6 fletc Jan 9, had to call back for location in which i left a voicemail picking Sanderson TX. I have not received a call back yet nor email notifying me anything else. Has anyone went through this? Thanks for the help.

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      • ArchStanton
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        You should receive email and direct call from station with more information shortly.
        Last edited by ArchStanton; 06-20-2020, 08:03 PM.

      • FerrerRodriguez
        FerrerRodriguez commented
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        Awesome ArchStanton, see u there.

    • Currently in the process for the Border Patrol Agent Position.
      UPDATE

      Application Received 11/13/19
      Entrance Exam Passed 11/25/19
      Pre-Offer 12/2/19
      EQIP 12/9/19
      Medical Exam 12/9/19
      Structured Interview 12/19/19
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      Background Investigation:
      In Process
      Drug: In Process
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      Fitness Exam: Pending
      Polygraph Exam: Pending
      Final Offer: Pending

      Does anyone have any idea of when my background will clear ? Also any idea of when ill be scheduled for my fitness and polygraph ?

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      • Anyone with EOD date Jan 7 fletc Jan 9 or station at Sanderson Texas??

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        • Originally posted by Breely23 View Post
          Currently in the process for the Border Patrol Agent Position.
          UPDATE

          Application Received 11/13/19
          Entrance Exam Passed 11/25/19
          Pre-Offer 12/2/19
          EQIP 12/9/19
          Medical Exam 12/9/19
          Structured Interview 12/19/19
          --------------------------------------
          Background Investigation:
          In Process
          Drug: In Process
          --------------------------------------
          Fitness Exam: Pending
          Polygraph Exam: Pending
          Final Offer: Pending

          Does anyone have any idea of when my background will clear ? Also any idea of when ill be scheduled for my fitness and polygraph ?
          UPDATE

          My EQIP is currently being reviewed again.

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          • Eod date Jan 6 ,still have not received the email with instructions and less the ine week away. Kind of anxious

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            • Originally posted by Breely23 View Post
              UPDATE

              My EQIP is currently being reviewed again.

              UPDATE
              EQIP has been completed back to the original Progress. CURRENT PERCENTAGE 38%



              Application Received 11/13/19
              Entrance Exam Passed 11/25/19
              Pre-Offer 12/2/19
              EQIP 12/9/19
              Medical Exam 12/9/19
              Structured Interview 12/19/19
              --------------------------------------
              Background Investigation:In Process
              Drug: In Process
              --------------------------------------
              Fitness Exam: Pending
              Polygraph Exam: Pending
              Final Offer: Pending

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              • Breely23
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                Just got word that my Fitness Exam will be scheduled after My background check is completed along with polygraph.

            • I am pretty sure that this has been covered in past posts, but I have looked back and have not been able to locate the post. I EOD Feb. 3rd and received all of my paperwork yesterday. Does anyone have advice on packing for the academy? What to bring, what not to bring etc... I apologize ahead of time if it has already been covered. Thank you for your time.

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              • jcsaenz3
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                Go to Honor First Forum they have alot of good threads towards that subject. One thing i constantly see is Compression Shorts at least a pair for each day.

              • battlewagon
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                In black. The local Walmart will be sold out all the time from people showing up and being told they need black compression shorts for PT, and people going out. Dark blue may be acceptable but I don't remember, but black is definitely good to go.

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