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Border Patrol Looking to Recruit Veterans

  • Published: 2009-02-24 (Rev. 2010-07-08) - Contact: Jake Kim
  • Synopsis: If you served your nation in the U.S. military you may want to take a look at working for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

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If you've enjoyed serving your nation in the U.S. military, then you may want to take a look at working for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) when you separate from the service.

The CBP's Veterans Outreach Program looks to recruit and hire qualified veterans who have proudly served their country.

The CPB values the experience and ethics that veterans have shown by serving in the Marines, Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard. Right now veterans make up nearly 25% or the CBP workforce, with veterans serving in Mission Critical Occupations like Border Patrol Agent (BPA) and Customs and Border Protection Officer (CBPO). The CPB has a hiring preference for veterans, so service members should know that their military service will be viewed as an asset.

While many people may think of the CPB as primarily a police force along the Mexican border, it is actually the largest law enforcement agency within the Department of Homeland Security with over 53,000 employees, serving both nationwide throughout all parts of the U.S. as well as overseas.

So what does the CPB actually do

The force's primary mission is to prevent terrorists from entering the U.S. and causing harm to American citizens. Since the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the CPB has been on the front lines of keeping America safe. This mission involves securing borders and all ports to ensure that terrorist personnel and weapons are detected and interdicted before they can do harm.

In addition, the CPB is responsible for stopping illegal immigration into the country, by apprehending those individuals who seek to cross the border without permission from the U.S. Government. The agents of the force are also there to stem the flow of illegal drugs into the country, which are responsible for much harm to the welfare of the nation. The CBP also ensures that harmful agriculture products and other contraband do not enter the U.S., where they may spread disease.

The majority of the CPB's personnel serve on our borders with Mexico and Canada. Here are some of the Mission Critical Occupations:

Over 18,000 Border Patrol Agents protect our border with Mexico and Canada - service here means making a difference with terrorist prevention, illegal immigration and the war on drugs

More than 20,000 CBP Officers screen passengers at airports and seaports

Nearly 1,000 Air and Marine Interdiction Agents make sure that small airplanes and boats do not enter the country illegally to drop of contraband, drugs or illegal immigrants

Over 2,200 CBP Agriculture Specialists make sure that diseased produce does not enter the country, which could have a devastating effect on the country's health and economy

Nearly 2,500 employees in CBP revenue positions collect over $30 billion annually in entry duties and taxes, which is a significant portion of revenue for the U.S. Treasury.

Service members who think that may want to pursue a law enforcement career with the CPB should look into getting a degree in criminal justice, which will certainly help them in their CPB career.

Service members can use Military Tuition Assistance to help pay for a degree in criminal justice. There are a number of online criminal justice programs that service members can enroll in while they serve on active duty. Talk to your Education Service Officer (ESO) to learn more.

Reference: Jake Kim is a editor of accredited online schools offers military online education in real estate, professional, medical and business programs.


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