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Initially, you will be assigned to a UAS location. All of our UAS locations have manned aircraft and all AIA's are required to maintain flight proficiency; not just currency. I have no idea what "proficiency" equates to in flight hours. I am not a UAS pilot and would probably not accept assignment to a UAS station as a manned aircraft pilot.

If interested, send me a message and I will get you in touch with someone at the branch. I do not want to give you bad information.

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8 minutes ago, airsigncutter said:

Three pilots were just Directed out of Montana. It's not an option for new employees.

Do you know where they were directed to go?

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15 hours ago, airsigncutter said:

All of the directed relocations were to McAllen, Laredo, or Puerto Rico. It is my understanding that all three pilots in Montana resigned instead of accepting the relocation.

Shocking.  Again, the vast majority of prior military pilots who have other decent options (airlines, medflights, etc) aren't begging to have these federal flying jobs.  

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On 10/6/2017 at 4:46 PM, soupafly06 said:

With CBP allowing up to 1250 hours of MQ time to count toward flying your totals, will pilots with mostly MQ time be made to fly MQ only or will manned fixed wing be an option?

Our unmanned locations do have manned aircraft; 206 and maybe an AS350. As a MQ pilot with 1250 hours, I assume the expectation is you fly UAS for CBP for a few years. Some commands at the UAS locations have been rotating their pilots in manned aircraft to ensure they maintain proficiency in the aircraft.  Additionally, I heard some UAS locations are beginning to send their pilots to busier SW Border locations to get RW or FW flight time. This is a 3-5 day TDY and is dependent on operational requirements.

I am at a manned location and do not want to speculate further about the climate, flight hours, etc for our unmanned locations. If you are interested, send me a message and I will gladly get you in touch with an agent at one of these locations. Once you have the facts, you can make an education decision for you and the family (If applicable). 

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I am a veteran and reservist. Currently 38 years old, but I will not be able to apply for a year or two.  Are there any restrictions or gotchas on the age limits over 40?

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No, if you are a veteran you can apply at any age. One consideration, you have to complete 20-years of law enforcement (LE) service to receive a 34% LE Federal Retirement. If you do not complete 20-years, you are entitled to 1% per year plus any active duty years you buyback into FERS. Ex: 10-years CBP plus 10 years of active duty buyback equals 20% of your high three. This retirement is in addition to any military retirement you receive. Since you mentioned you are a reservist, I am making the assumption you will not have an active duty retirement? If you do, the math changes.  

I recommend everyone apply one year from your availability date. Unfortunately, many applicants do not make it past the polygraph or flight check. Apply early, determine your eligibility, and decide if CBP is the best career for you and if applicable, your family. 

Let me know what other questions you have. 

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No, if you are a veteran you can apply at any age. One consideration, you have to complete 20-years of law enforcement (LE) service to receive a 34% LE Federal Retirement. If you do not complete 20-years, you are entitled to 1% per year plus any active duty years you buyback into FERS. Ex: 10-years CBP plus 10 years of active duty buyback equals 20% of your high three. This retirement is in addition to any military retirement you receive. Since you mentioned you are a reservist, I am making the assumption you will not have an active duty retirement? If you do, the math changes.  
I recommend everyone apply one year from your availability date. Unfortunately, many applicants do not make it past the polygraph or flight check. Apply early, determine your eligibility, and decide if CBP is the best career for you and if applicable, your family. 
Let me know what other questions you have. 


Is the polygraph unlimited in scope? How hard can that or a checkride be? Is the issue the quality of applicants or is the screening really that stringent?

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DHS created a webpage to answer questions about the polygraph: https://www.cbp.gov/careers/car/poly

Our current polygraph has received a lot of criticism and is currently under review: http://thehill.com/homenews/sunday-talk-shows/329003-dhs-chief-eyes-changes-to-polygraph-system

The checkride is a commercial FAA checkride using PTS standards, a checkride most have successfully completed multiple times. It is conducted in a AS350 or EC120 for helicopter pilots and a C206 for fixed-wing pilots. Most applicants have never flown either aircraft, that is taken into consideration. We use the same instructors for all applicant checkrides and the program is heavily standardized. My opinion, the majority of applicants who have problems are military pilots who have always flown in a crewed aircraft. Unfamiliar aircraft, stress of a checkride, and unfamiliar with single pilot resource management, many applicant failures (the few I know of) result from problems with instrument maneuvers; descend below MDA's or problems with the hold. 

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On 9/23/2017 at 11:28 PM, Metalswarm said:

Hello all! I'd like to know what the typical day of rotary wing flight is like? Do you essentially have a patrol route? Flight modes? I'd assume mostly VFR. Thanks for any insight!

AIA's are scheduled 5-days a week for a total of 8-hours each day. Depending on your branches operational requirements, and sometimes personal preference, you might work 0600-1400, 0800-1600, or 1600-2400. Very few locations work Mid-0800, might be a few though? 

Your other questions are very dependent on your location and their mission. Many of our Southwest locations conduct patrols supporting Border Patrol, our urban locations (Chicago, Long Island, Houston) will support other federal partners with investigative support. Air and Marine supports many federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. DEA, ATF, State Police/Trooper, etc. My location supports national special security events; Super Bowl, United Nations, etc. Maritime locations support drug enforcement from the Caribbean, South America, etc. We have King Air 350's with special maritime radar and other manned and unmanned fixed wing aircraft designed for the interdiction mission. There is a lot of mission diversity in the agency and a lot of opportunity for agents to experience different modes of flight and mission sets throughout their career. 

Our current policy is that everyone must start in the Southwest (SW) border. Operationally, the SW is our main effort and by default gets personnel, aircraft, and additional operational support. 

Please post any additional questions you have. If interested, send me an email at rw_leo@outlook.com and I can submit your application. Do not use USAJOB's, it is very slow and the post-application service is not great. Below is a pic from this years support bowl. 

 

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