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  • OSH93
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    Thanks I appreciate the responses. Honestly your background can be quick or long. I think it depends on the background investigator. Just keep working out and be prepared.

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  • Christopher_0369
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    I know everyone’s background and timeline is different, but I wanted some insight on a possible time frame.
    Neighbor notified me that he received a reference letter from my investigator, but none of my references have been contacted. Been in background since beginning of September. Any thoughts on how much longer?

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  • AvidHiker98
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    Correct- nothing to worry about.

    After your BG is finished, it gets passed to two or three different people to review it and approve/decline it. I wouldn't worry about it. It took me about a week to hear back after it was submitted.

  • OSH93
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    BlueLagoon I started Backgrounds in May 2021 and sat for there 3 months. Then in August my references got emails to fill out, then BI called me to set up an appointment to speak with him to clarify an item that came up in my Background. We spoke about it and he said he was going to write up his report and submit to his supervisor. This was about 3 weeks ago and this morning is when he sent that email stating that "My file has been reassigned for review and someone will be in contact with you". I spoke to my recruiter about the email from my BI and the item that come up in my Background he said this does happen when they are reviewing my file and that I shouldn't be concerned about it.

    I would think if they wanted to DQ me they would have done it already?

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  • BlueLagoon
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    Im assuming he finished your file and passed it along to the hiring board.

    How long did you background take?

  • OSH93
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    Just curious my BI emailed me this morning and stated that my file has been reassigned for review and someone should contact me soon. Not sure what this means?

    Let me know your opinions I appreciate it..

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  • AvidHiker98
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    Just a heads up for the people still awaiting academy dates in regards to finances:

    It's been said a few times on this thread, but make sure you have some $ set aside for gear BEFORE you start the academy. You will not be paid until your 4th week.

    You will spend approx ~ $850 for equipment, you'll need to set some more aside for suits (doesn't need to be expensive but this still adds up), men will need to buy a clippers to cut your hair weekly (or shave it all the way down if you want. Cost me $70), then you'll have to laminate a lot of documents (might not be req- depends on your DI, but FedEx charges $2.79 per page), you'll have to print 250+pgs for the firearms/recruit manuals (money in ink and paper, etc).

    There are a lot of little things that cost money that I didn't think of or we weren't told about until starting.

    To be safe, if possible, try to set aside $2000ish before you start just to be safe. You likely won't need this much.

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  • BlueLagoon
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    Thank you for your detailed response LA Copper. In other words, each background investigation differs depending on the investigator and the applicant's history. I will keep everyone in the loop should I receive any updates.

  • OSH93
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    BlueLagoon I started my Background back in 05/09/21. My BI just started to reach out to my references. Its different for everyone I guess. My neighbors did not receive any letters yet.

  • LA Copper
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    Originally posted by BlueLagoon View Post
    My neighbors started getting letters in mail from my background investigator. Can someone tell me how long your backgrounds took?
    Backgrounds depend on different variables. How much of a background do you have for the investigator to sift through? Are you 21 years-old with a minimal background or 30+ years-old with a plethora of stuff in your background? Military, college, multiple jobs, a divorce or two, driving record, etc.

    It would also depend on how busy your assigned investigator is and where you rank on their list.

    In other words, there is no set time frame. Be patient and continue to prepare for the day the call comes.

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  • BlueLagoon
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    My neighbors started getting letters in mail from my background investigator. Can someone tell me how long your backgrounds took?

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  • AvidHiker98
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    ~ $1000. I think mine came out to $892.

    You will also need suits. DI’s recommend 2 just in case one rips. I actually ripped my dress suit during push-ups during drill. So do have extra.

    The recruit manual says “dark and conservative.” This means charcoal or navy IS acceptable and allowed for the academy. But, 99% of the recruits are in black. If you show up in Navy you ARE following procedure, but just know that standing out means there is extra attention called to yourself. Keep that in mind.

    I had every color except black so I did buy 2x black suits so I could fit in.

    LA Suits in Downtown sells 3 suits for $250.

  • Christopher_0369
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    Thanks for all the info, this will help a lot of people. How much money did you spend at the LAPRAC?

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  • Destiny09
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    Thank you guys for the responses!

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  • LA Copper
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    Hiker, I hope you're "enjoying" it so far. Like military boot camp, the academy is a lot of work. The biggest difference is you're allowed to go home at night. You'll like the stuff at Davis more than ARTC.

    Keep in mind, the academy and your probation are not the type of jobs where you can go home after work and forget about the job until the next day. There's a lot of work you'll need to put in at home as well. Stuff like, studying, shining, PT, etc. If you want to succeed, that's the way to do it. Time, effort, and commitment are needed to be safe, successful, and prosperous on this job. Good luck.

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