Like all Federal Agencies, the FBI values your military service and offers many opportunities for you to continue to serve the nation. But, unlike some federal agencies, the FBI actively recruits military and veteran candidates like you to apply for any of the positions that may interest you.
More information on benefits for veterans and servicemen and women is available on the FBI’s Benefits page, as well as on FedsHireVets.gov.
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FBI Career Paths
As a veteran you may apply for any of the jobs at the FBI, from Special Agent to any of the professional positions, like forensics, accounting, information technology/cybersecurity, surveillance, intelligence analysis, and more. There are two main career paths within the FBI. The best known is Operations & Intelligence, which is most often seen in movies and TV shows.
FBI Operations and Intelligence
The FBI career opportunities in Operations and Intelligence include Special Agents, Intelligence Analysts, Forensic Accountants, and Surveillance Specialists.
Special Agents – The mission of the FBI is to protect and uphold the Constitution of the United States. Special Agents are responsible for enforcing more than 300 federal statutes, in addition to investigating criminal activities.
FBI Special Agents possess a broad range of education, experiences and skills. Special Agents often come from a unexpected professional backgrounds outside of law enforcement, including education, science, business and technology.
Intelligence Analysts – FBI Analysts scrutinize data and intel, make judgments and recommendations to help determine if action is needed to mitigate all threats. Having the right information and guidance is critical to protecting the United States. Intelligence Analysts’ recommendations and strategies help identify and combat threats, while working with state, local and federal partners and other members of the Intelligence Community to help diminish risks before they happen.
Forensic Accountant – Forensic Accountants tackle complicated challenges with every assignment. They work with Special Agents to keep our country safe by tracking and linking funding sources to criminal activity.
Surveillance Specialist – Surveillance Specialists keep the nation safe and take on both domestic and international threats, the FBI relies on a constant stream of intelligence gathered by a team of surveillance professionals.
Surveillance professionals work alongside case agents to discreetly gather intelligence in support of ongoing counterterrorism, foreign counterintelligence and criminal investigations.
FBI Opportunities in Specialized Careers
The second career path focus is on Specialized Careers that directly support the FBI’s efforts to protect the American people and the Constitution. Professional career path is less known, but these professional teams are also an important part of keeping our communities and our nation safe. FBI Professional teams include, Business Administration, Accounting and Finance, Facilities and Logistics, Legal, and Federal Security/Policing. For the sake of this article we will focus on the law enforcement related specialties.
Federal Security and Policing – Security personnel play a huge role in the FBI’s mission. There are several opportunities for security professionals including Physical Security Specialist, FBI Police Officers, Industrial Security Specialists, Personnel Security Specialists, which described below.
Physical Security Specialist is one of the first lines of defense against domestic and international threats. They are most often responsible for facility security and managing guest check in and staff access.
FBI Police Officers keep the FBI and surrounding areas secure. If you are selected for the FBI police force you will be required to complete the FBI’s 12-week, Uniformed Police Officer Training Program at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, GA. Cadets will then get an additional four weeks of specialized instruction at the FBI Academy and five weeks of on-the-job training at their new permanent duty station.For more information about the FBI Police Officer position, please download the Police Officer Selection System Candidate Information Packet.
Security Specialists provide direct support and service to the administration of the FBI Personnel Security Program by conducting complex security assessment investigations and rendering appropriate adjudications.
Industrial Security Specialists safeguard FBI operations through the proactive identification, assessment, and mitigation of risks associated with the procurement of critical assets and classified contracts.
Personnel Security Specialists are responsible for managing background investigations of FBI employment candidates and employees. They give direct assistance to the background investigation procedures.