US Customs and Border Protection has announced this week that it is accepting applications across the country for positions at its air, land, and sea ports nationwide. The CBP has been provided with additional funding from the federal government for fiscal year 2014 and as a result has made plans to hire an additional 2,000 officers by the end of 2015. This is being done in an effort to enhance security as well as to cut down on wait times and facilitate the increasing volumes of legitimate travelers and goods coming into the United States and that are vital to the health and sustenance of the country’s economy.
According to Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske, the US Border Patrol is interested in recruiting individuals who demonstrate “the highest integrity and moral character” into the Customs and border Protection workforce. The Department is searching for candidates with an acute interest in serving their country and who meet the strict and rigorous standards of the position of a CBP officer.
Some of the requirements for the CBP officer position include:
- Must be a United States citizen and a resident living in the US for at least the past three years
- Must apply and be referred for selection prior to applicant’s 37th birthday unless he or she has previous experience in civilian federal law enforcement
- Must have a current and valid driver’s license
US military veterans also receive preference in hiring for the CBP officer position and Kerlikowske says that the post provides vets with an especially unique opportunity to continue in service to their country. The US Border Patrol environment is one that appreciates and rewards the skill set, knowledge, and abilities that veterans acquire through their military service and front lines experience.
It is estimated that military veterans account for approximately 30 percent of the entire Customs and Border Protection workforce.