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Should I wait a year to apply to FBI acadmey?

Me and My friend are a year apart- and we want to be in the FBI together, as partners. So will able to team up with her? Another thing is- Should I wait a year to apply, or apply before her to get better chances we both get in. #military #college #FBI #Newyork #Law #NYC #lawyers #law

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John’s Answer

Oriana many are unaware that the FBI isn’t simply looking for high caliber law enforcement officers, but also a whole host of individuals with a variety of educational backgrounds and specialties. While getting a job with the FBI is notoriously competitive, there are many ways to increase the likelihood that you will be selected. For example, pursuing an educational program that includes information security with an emphasis in cypbercrime and hacker prevention. Another option is to combine a homeland security degree with previous experience in criminal psychology or counterterrorism. Get to know the degree requirements and qualifications so that you can put together an educational path that will complement your current knowledge, skills, and experience and ultimately make you a viable candidate for employment within the FBI.


The FBI requires all agents to hold at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. college. Candidates with military or law enforcement experience are not exempt from this education requirement. The FBI does not require agents to have a degree in a specific program, though aspiring FBI profilers should choose a degree program that will help develop the critical skills they need to analyze criminal behavior and develop suspect profiles. Suggested degree programs include psychology, criminology, or sociology.

Candidates must work in a position related to their degree for a minimum of 3 years before applying to the FBI. The FBI recommends that candidates interested in working in profiling positions as Supervisory Special Agents have extensive knowledge and experience working with homicides, rapes, child abductions, and threats prior to applying to become a Special Agent. To that end, interested candidates might consider working for local law enforcement as homicide or missing persons investigators. U.S. citizens ranging from 23-37 years old can apply to be FBI agents. Applicants must pass a hearing and vision test and a fitness test that consists of a 1.5 mile run, push-ups, sprinting, and sit ups. The application process also includes a medical evaluation, polygraph test, credit check, drug test, and employment check. Any applicants with felony convictions, student loans in default, and those not registered with the Selective Service System are immediately disqualified.

Selected applicants will attend a 20-week training program at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Agents receive classroom and Web-based instruction in subjects including law, investigative practices, forensics, behavioral science, and ethics. To prepare new agents for common scenarios Special Agents experience, trainees will conduct mock-investigations where they will interview suspects, find evidence, and provide testimony in court. New agents will also receive training in firearms, defensive techniques, tactical driving, working undercover, and surveillance.

Career advancement as an FBI agent is based on the U.S. Government’s General Schedule (GS) classification and pay system. Federal employees traditionally start at the bottom of the ladder and work their way up. Through experience, advanced degrees, and time spent with the FBI, an agent may rise up through the 15 levels of GS job grades. The FBI states that Special Agents must work for the FBI for at least three years before becoming eligible to apply for a supervisory position. While gaining experience, agents interested in profiling can apply for specialized training offered by the Behavior Analysis Unit to learn more about criminal behavior and profiling. FBI agents with at least three years of experience can apply for a Supervisory Special Agent position at the National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime. The NCVAC consists of different units specializing in terrorism/counter terrorism, crimes against adults, crimes against children, sexual-based crimes, abductions, and missing persons cases. Since Supervisory Special Agent positions are highly competitive, the FBI reports that agents with eight or more years of experience typically fill positions.

Oriana FBI Supervisory Special Agents must continue learning new skills to keep up with the demands of the job and to advance in their careers. While no formal continuing education programs exist for this profession, FBI Supervisory Special Agents working within the NCAVC can expect to continue their educations throughout their careers. Members of the Behavioral Analysis Unit conduct intensive research on criminal behavior to develop new investigative approaches and other techniques to solve crimes. There are also opportunities for an agent to move into a senior executive service position. This is also based on experience, knowledge, skills, and time spent with the FBI.

Hope this was Helpful Oriana

John recommends the following next steps:

Participate In An Internship – Finding in an internship can help a student expand his or her education outside of a classroom environment and gain hands-on training in the field. Specifically, students can apply for internships directly through the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU), where FBI profilers work.
Begin Building Your Physical Strength Now – Since a physical examination is part of the FBI application process, students should begin building their strength and endurance early.
Consider Earning Your Masters Degree – While a bachelor’s degree is the required minimum for employment with the FBI, the FBI also reports that the Behavioral Analysis Unit consists of Supervisory Special Agents who possess advanced degrees. Earning an advanced degree could increase a candidate's chance of being hired into the unit later in his or her career.
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Kimberly’s Answer

Great question. The previous answer was very comprehensive so I'll try not to repeat it. To answer your question directly, NO, it is not a good idea to wait to apply to increase the chances of entering the academy with your friend. There is a very small chance your background investigations will take exactly the same length of time, even if you apply at the same time. For example, you will be required to submit the names of two college professors, names of old and new neighbors, driving records, previous employers, medical history, etc. Lets say you are extremely fortunate and all of these people answer the phone the first time the FBI calls them or responds to their home/business. The same may not happen to your friend. If one or two people take a week or two to respond, you are already in different places during the hiring process. Or if the agent assigned to your background gets another important or emergency assignment, or goes on vacation, etc. There are a number of reasons your background investigations could take a different amount of time.
While I understand the importance of having your friend with you during this major life experience, I would also like to tell you that you will make new friends in your training class that you will develop an unbreakable bond with throughout your career. You are sharing a unique and stressful experience that forces you to rely on the people around you. Camaraderie with your classmates will get you through it. Good luck

Kimberly recommends the following next steps:

Go to your local field office and introduce yourself.
Try to get an internship
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Kim’s Answer


I am going to tackle multiple questions here. . .

I sense a strong emphasis on wanting to have a career where you work with your friends. You may want to look into the military's buddy program for that. You and up to five friends can all go in together!,train%20in%20the%20Army%20together.&text=Current%20incentive%20guidance%20will%20determine,qualifications%20for%20their%20chosen%20MOS.

In the FBI, there is a good chance you and your friends will be separated. Split up. Often times with friends, we each have strengths and weaknesses. Rather than learning to develop your own weaknesses, you rely on your friends, and, they do the same. While that is kind of cool (like in the escape room), in law enforcement, you really want to try as hard as you can to succeed as an individual.

There will come a time for teams. Someone will pick those teams, based on the strengths that each person brings to the team. The person picking those teams puts a LOT of thought into those team assignments. Two people wanting to work together is pretty low on the priority list. When you are on a team, you will learn to work with other people - people you do not know. You will all learn about each other's strengths and weaknesses, and, you will bond as a team, just like you and your friends have done. This is how we grow professionally.

If you are very committed to wanting to go through your professional career with this group of friends, you may want to consider starting your own business. just an idea. . .

Hope this helps!
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Jonathan’s Answer

Yes. Take your time to research the FBI to make sure it is right for. I tell prospective law students to become a paralegal at a law firm for two years you will get paid well and you learn about how lawyers and law firms work.