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merlin436
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Last Activity: Today, 11:39 AM
Joined: 03-29-2005
Location: North America
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  • merlin436
    replied to CBP officer
    You have a realistic pragmatism in your view.

    Many people do not think as you do. They want opportunities and experiences nearby, both within the community and at work. Off duty, a person can always drive several hours to find the sorts of community offerings he's looking for. On duty...
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  • merlin436
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    Massena isn't all that high on the list of "good" Canadian ports...depending, of course, on one's priorities.
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  • merlin436
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    You can ask.

    I would imagine a deferment for an injury would be rather scrutinized.

    I've heard of people getting some deferment time in the past for personal things like weddings and vacations....
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  • merlin436
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    Yeah, basically a month of pre-academy.

    They used to pretty much direct hire...pre-academy was put into place years back to give a person a taste of the location and job so, if they were apt to quit quickly, they'd quit before the expense of academy training.

    It's a limited...
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  • merlin436
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    There's a pre-academy prior to the start at FLETC. Usually, pre-academy is roughly 4 weeks long. Sometimes, as certain situations dictate, it's shorter...or longer....
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  • merlin436
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    There's little real set-in-stone order to the process as a whole. There are many generalities, but also many exceptions to most rules.

    "Needs of the service", however dated, best describes much of the hiring process.
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  • merlin436
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    There is no mobility agreement within OFO. Outside of a handful of people I've known who have been relocated due to port closures or serious reductions in port staffing, there are no forced relocations. The average person will spend his career in his original port...unless HE elects to move elsewhere....
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  • Alright. So management lies, they push their own agendas and they're not to be trusted. I'll buy into much of that general notion.

    So what exactly is it about Trust Betrayed that makes you embrace it and drink its Kool-aid? It's clearly an agency propaganda tool. So clearly an agency propaganda...
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  • Yeah, well...it's well known that the BP cooks their books with regards to defining and acknowledging misconduct and corruption...to include what gets placed on Trust Betrayed. Former IA bigwigs Wong and Tomsheck have long been on record pointing out those problems...as has former Commish Bonner....
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  • merlin436
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    If your original GS07 application wasn't specific enough to address the required touch points for qualifying as a GS07. you might want to redo your application addressing the specifics asked for and resubmiting for consideration as both a GS-07 and a GS-05.

    Maybe it's all in what you presented...
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  • To be fair to the former Commish of CBP...we have had some "winning" applicants...especially within Border Patrol. Much of it probably lies with the fact that we'd somehow prefer to recruit at rodeos and NASCAR rallies rather than at universities and professional events.
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  • merlin436
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    I doubt they'll be offering you a GS05 once you've declined yourself for consideration of a GS05 offer.

    Do you qualify for superior academic achievement to go along with your BA/BS? Banging that drum, if you have it, might get you noticed as a GS07 qualified applicant as well....
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  • merlin436
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    Sometimes, for some people, provisional clearances are an option. Sometimes they are not.

    Lots of times, things within CBP run rather cyclically. Provisional clearances tend to surface that way. They'll run with them until the problems inherent with them demands addressing... then they'll...
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