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  • Tachibana
    started a topic Border Patrol Agent

    Border Patrol Agent

    Hello everyone

    Does anyone have experience as a BPA? Day in the life, training, rumors, competency of the management, Pros, Cons etc...

    Thanks
    Last edited by Tachibana; 03-21-2008, 07:42 PM.

  • Radio Raheem
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    Was it a Goldberg 270lbs or a Rakishi 270lbs?

  • battlewagon
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    Just came down to numbers. CBP poly had a 79.8% fail or declination rate in 2017. Then, the few who passed that, about 20%, 50% of those were failing the PFT2. Basically leading to the 133 applicants to make one agent statistic. Guess they figured they can beat you into shape 6 months.

  • Lovetocamp
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    That's so stupid, I thought it was a good idea to reinstate the PFT-2 because we had so many PT failures at our academy. One dude showed up weighing 270lbs. Holy ****, such a waste of money.

  • battlewagon
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    Originally posted by Buck_Macdonald View Post
    I was on the Customs and Border Patrol website and according to this info

    (*BPA applicants applying to announcements 17-3 and later will no longer be required to obtain a passing score, only participation in the test will be required. BPA applicants who applied to announcements prior to 17-3 will be required to take and pass the PFT-2 in order to have continued employment consideration.*)

    Am I reading and understanding this right? That like you can just literally show up and do the bare minimum and become a Border Patrol Agent??? Like PFT1 was basically nothing, are they really not concerned with the actual physical fitness of their agents???
    PFT1 is pass or fail. The thing you are reading is in reference to PFT2; it is now no longer pass or fail. As long as you show up and participate, you go to the academy. Those who 'fail' it (at least by the old pass/fail standards) will be straightened out and fixed in the Academy or sent home then.

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  • Buck_Macdonald
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    I was on the Customs and Border Patrol website and according to this info

    (*BPA applicants applying to announcements 17-3 and later will no longer be required to obtain a passing score, only participation in the test will be required. BPA applicants who applied to announcements prior to 17-3 will be required to take and pass the PFT-2 in order to have continued employment consideration.*)

    Am I reading and understanding this right? That like you can just literally show up and do the bare minimum and become a Border Patrol Agent??? Like PFT1 was basically nothing, are they really not concerned with the actual physical fitness of their agents???

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  • Exbpa340
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    34 percent at 20 years. One can work longer (and/or buy back any active duty military time) to add to that percentage. Plus you have the FERS Supplemental (a percentage of SS paid at retirement age until age 62). Plus TSP. Some places may have a better pension percentage but overall FERS Covered retirement is not bad especially when you figure in the Supplemental and TSP.

  • battlewagon
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    Originally posted by Ohio1994 View Post
    What’s the holiday schedule like when at the academy? I’ll be there during Thanksgiving and Christmas, do we just keep on working right through it or what?
    It's fed holidays off. SOMETIMES and I mean rarely, if Christmas falls on a Thursday for example, they'll have an admin day the Friday. But the they never tell you far enough in advance if you're going to get it to make plans. So bet on just fed holidays and nothing more.

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  • Srhernza115
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    No you do not. I am currently at the academy and we got 4th of July off but went back the next day.

  • Ohio1994
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    What’s the holiday schedule like when at the academy? I’ll be there during Thanksgiving and Christmas, do we just keep on working right through it or what?

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  • Radio Raheem
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    Amen to that. Currently the pension is only about 34 percent of the average of your three highest earning years. Abundantly invest in (max-out) your TSP. You will thank yourself later in life when you have enough to retire without having to get another job. Those years go by super fast. Twelve years ago seems like yesterday for me. Then I look forward and think, Wow (Christopher Walken voice) I only have 8 years to go!

  • battlewagon
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    $20.06, $1604.80 a paycheck

    https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-over...20(LEO)_h.aspx

  • Ohio1994
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    What’s the hourly break down for GL-5 at the academy

  • battlewagon
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    Originally posted by Klumper23 View Post
    Does anyone know what the average paycheck for a GL-9 is in the academy?
    25.47 is the hourly rate for a GL-9/1 for RUS pay. If you're going to Cali or something, it will be more as you still get your locality pay increase despite not living/working in that location at that time.

    Academy is flat 80 hour pay periods for the most part, so 25.47 x 80 is 2037.60 pre tax and pre everything.

    If there's one piece of advice every current agent or gov employee will agree on, it is set your TSP at 10% when you are at sector doing your EOD paperwork. If this is a pay raise for you from your current job, set it higher. There is nothing stupider than leaving your TSP at 1-5% and then forgetting to increase it until you remember six years later.

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  • Klumper23
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    Does anyone know what the average paycheck for a GL-9 is in the academy?

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