Why Should You Be an NCIS Special Agent?
- NCIS Special Agent is one of the most challenging and fulfilling careers in law enforcement.
- NCIS Special Agents gain broad law enforcement experience and are given responsibility early on in their careers.
- World travel and life abroad – in locations such as Italy, Japan, England, Bahrain and aboard a ship – is part of the NCIS Special Agent experience.
- NCIS is an ideal place to pursue work in law enforcement specialties such as cyber investigations, forensic science, threat assessment analysis, and economic crimes.
- NCIS provides other professional opportunities as well, including the Foreign Area Officer Program and the Forensic Consultant career path.
- NCIS provides extensive training for Special Agents from the NCIS Basic Agent Course held at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) to in-service training on subjects ranging from death investigations to crime scene processing, domestic security, unarmed self-defense, and critical incident stress debriefing to multi-month programs on technical surveillance countermeasures, polygraph, procurement fraud, protective service, and year-long graduate programs in forensic science, foreign counterintelligence, and language studies.
- NCIS Special Agents are armed federal law enforcement officers.
- NCIS Special Agents receive good pay and benefits, including eligibility for Law Enforcement Availability Pay (LEAP) –https://www.opm.gov/oca/09tables/indexleo.asp
Are You Qualified to be an NCIS Special Agent?
- You must not have reached 37 years of age (exceptions are preference eligible veterans and those currently covered under the 6C Federal Law Enforcement retirement system).
- You must have an accredited baccalaureate degree.
- You must have vision correctable to 20/20 with normal color vision.
- You must be a U.S.-born or naturalized U.S. citizen.
- You must pass a background suitability screening.
- You must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.
- You must have a valid driver’s license.
Applicants are not required to enlist in the Navy or Marine Corps or have preexisting military or law enforcement experience, though such experience is often desirable. In addition to the Special Agent position, NCIS offers a broad range of Professional and Support Careers.
HOW TO APPLY
When NCIS is accepting applications, apply for Special Agent positions at the USA Jobs website to apply for Special Agent positions with NCIS.
Once the application is reviewed, you will be notified of any further processing. Please make sure that your application is completed thoroughly and includes all work experience, internships, supervisory positions, computer experience, training, special skills, foreign language proficiency, and grade.
IS THERE AN AGE REQUIREMENT FOR THE SPECIAL AGENT POSITION?
The maximum age is 37 years old. Applicants must be no older than 36.5 years of age at the time of application to ensure the maximum age is not exceeded.
WHAT ARE THE MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE SPECIAL AGENT POSITION?
To become a NCIS special agent, applicants must be a U.S. citizen. Applicants must possess a baccalaureate degree from a college or university accredited by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants must not exceed the maximum age of 37 at the time of appointment as a NCIS special agent.
CAN THE EDUCATION REQUIREMENT BE WAIVED OR CAN EXPERIENCE BE USED IN LIEU OF THE EDUCATION REQUIREMENT?
No. The completion of an accredited baccalaureate degree is a minimum requirement.
WHAT FORMS ARE REQUIRED TO APPLY FOR THE SPECIAL AGENT POSITION?
Applicants will be prompted to utilize fax imaging via USAjobs to upload college transcripts and, if applicable, a Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50), and Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD-214). A SF-50 is only required if you are a current or prior federal employee. A DD-214 is only required if you have ever served in the U.S. Armed Forces. It is highly recommended that applicants additionally provide a Questionnaire for National Security Positions (SF-86).
WHAT ARE THE VISION REQUIREMENTS FOR THE SPECIAL AGENT POSITION?
Special agent’s eyesight must be correct to 20/20, 20/30. Additionally, special agents cannot be red/green colorblind.
HOW LONG DOES THE SPECIAL AGENT APPLICATION PROCESS TAKE?
The hiring process can take six to nine months.
WHEN CAN I APPLY?
NCIS posts vacancy announcements throughout the year. Applicants currently completing their baccalaureate degree may apply six months prior to graduation. Applicants currently completing their military commitment may apply six months prior to their End of Active Obligated Service (EAOS).
IS PRIOR MILITARY AND OR LAW ENFORCEMENT EXPERIENCE A PREREQUISITE FOR THE SPECIAL AGENT POSITION?
No. Prior military and/or law enforcement experience is not a prerequisite for employment. NCIS has a very competitive hiring posture and is continuously seeking applicants who possess a combination of education and experience.
DO YOU MAIL ADDITIONAL INFORMATION OR APPLICATION FORMS?
No. NCIS special agent online application system is the only way to apply for special agent positions. All relevant information regarding the application process and forms required are available within the automated application system.
WHAT IS THE PAY SCALE FOR THE SPECIAL AGENT POSITION?
This position will be covered by the General Services Pay Scale. New Special Agents are typically hired at the GS-5, GS-7, or GS-9 pay scale, which is determined by education and experience.
ARE NCIS SPECIAL AGENTS ENTITLED TO THE LAW ENFORCEMENT AVAILABILITY PAY (LEAP)?
Yes. NCIS special agents are eligible for LEAP, which is a type of premium pay for criminal investigators who are required to work, or be available to work substantial amounts of unscheduled overtime based on the needs of the agency. Availability pay is fixed at 25% of a special agent’s rate of basic pay.
IS YOUR FIRST DUTY ASSIGNMENT DECIDED?
While applicant preferences are taken into consideration, newly appointed special agents are assigned to one of NCIS’ offices based on current staffing levels and/or critical specialty needs.
IS THERE A MOBILITY REQUIREMENT?
Yes. As a condition of employment all special agents are required to sign a mobility agreement which may result in one or more overseas moves and periodic assignments within the Continental United States (CONUS) throughout an agent’s career with NCIS. In addition, special agents may be required to deploy on assignments to support military forces in high-risk environments. Special agent mobility is necessary to accomplish the Agency’s mission and helps support an individual’s career development.
ARE NCIS SPECIAL AGENTS REQUIRED TO ENLIST IN THE U.S. NAVY?
No. NCIS is a civilian law enforcement agency which is primarily staffed by GS/GL-1811’s (Criminal Investigators).
DOES NCIS HAVE INTERNSHIPS?
Yes. NCIS offers voluntary service, non-paid, internship positions within NCIS Headquarters and many field office components. On average, NCIS hosts 150 interns annually.
WHAT IS THE NCIS TRANSFER POLICY?
While applicant’s preferences are taken into consideration, transfers are based on the needs of the agency. Transfers are driven to a great extent by overseas rotations. Whenever possible, management and non-management vacancies will be announced and volunteers solicited. First priority will be to fill vacancies with qualified volunteers.
DOES NCIS REQUIRE A BACKGROUND CHECK?
Yes. As a condition of employment, applicants are required to pass an extensive NCIS employment suitability investigation during the hiring process. This investigation includes a urinalysis test for illegal drug use, credit and records checks, in-depth interviews with former and current colleagues, neighbors, friends, professors, etc., and employment and educational verifications. In addition, a personnel security investigation is required of all newly appointed special agents in order to obtain a Top Secret Security Clearance.
IS U.S. CITIZENSHIP A REQUIREMENT FOR THE SPECIAL AGENT POSITION?
Yes. Applicants must possess a US-born or naturalized citizenship. Permanent residents are not eligible to apply for a special agent position.
DO NCIS SPECIAL AGENTS CARRY FIREARMS?
Yes. NCIS special agents are required to carry firearms and periodically qualify with their service weapon. Firearm instruction is included in the basic agent training program.
ARE SPECIAL AGENTS REQUIRED TO ATTEND FORMALIZED TRAINING?
Yes. All new hires who are not currently GS/GL-1811 special agents must attend the Criminal Investigators Training Program (CITP) at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), Glynco, GA. The NCIS specific Special Agent Basic Training Program (SABTP) will immediately follow the CITP Training in Glynco, GA. All special agents newly appointed to NCIS are required to attend the SABTP. The training provides instruction on the NCIS report writing system, manuals, and field training exercises. Additional training in computer forensics, foreign counterintelligence, foreign language, economic crimes, interview and interrogation, hostage negotiation, forensics and/or management are available throughout the Agent’s career.
HOW DO I FIND OUT MY STATUS THROUGHOUT THE HIRING PROCESS?
NCIS makes a concerted effort to make timely notification to each applicant. Once you have submitted your application via USAJobs, you can check your status on line through your MY USAJOBS account.