Uniformed Division Officer
Secret Service Uniformed Division officers provide protection for the White House Complex, the Vice President's residence, the main Treasury Building and Annex, and foreign diplomatic missions and embassies in the Washington, D.C., area. Additionally, Uniformed Division officers travel in support of presidential, vice presidential, and foreign head of state government missions. Uniformed Division officers are also responsible for the enforcement of mandated protective responsibilities as described under Title 18, United States Code, Section 3056A.
Steps to Becoming a Uniformed Division Officer
Requirements and Qualifications
To be CONSIDERED you must:
Note: Lasik, ALK, RK and PRK are acceptable corrective eye surgeries for Uniformed Division officer applicants. Applicants will be considered eligible for the Uniformed Division officer position provided specific visual tests are passed three months after Lasik surgery and six months after all other surgeries. In addition, you will be required to submit a document from an optometrist at the time of the application, stating your visual acuity.
To qualify at the entry level you must posses a high school diploma or the equivalent.
Maximum Entry Age Restriction
As a condition of employment, male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law.
Physical Fitness Evaluation
Applicants must pass a medical examination by an authorized government physician and includes vision, hearing, cardiovascular and mobility of extremities. In addition, applicants must be determined physically fit by an authorized government physician to perform strenuous and physically demanding duties.
Police Officer Selection Test (POST)
Applicants must pass the Police Officer Selection Test.
Applicants must pass in-depth interviews.
Top Secret Clearance
Applicants must be able to obtain a Top Secret clearance. Applicants must pass a pre-employment polygraph examination, drug screening, and extensive background investigation. Completion of a full investigation is required before appointment. Follow this link to learn more about the background investigation.
Initial appointment to the Uniformed Division officer position is normally made in the excepted service. Positions are only available in Washington, D.C. Reasonable moving expenses are paid for out-of-area hires.
Pay and Work Schedule
Uniformed Division officers are generally hired at the LE-1 grade levels with a starting 2010 starting salary of $52,018.
Newly appointed officers normally work a 40-hour workweek on a set schedule (e.g., 6:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m.-11:00 p.m., or 10:30 p.m.-7:00 a.m. shifts). Workdays and shifts will vary depending on assignment and manpower requirements. Overtime is compensated at the rate of time and one-half, or through compensatory time off.
Newly appointed Uniformed Division officers must successfully complete the 12-week Federal Law Enforcement Training Center's (FLETC) training program in Glynco, Georgia, and 13 weeks of specialized instruction at the James J. Rowley Training Center in outside of Washington, D.C. Failure to pass either training program on the first attempt will result in separation from the United States Secret Service. Additional on-the-job training and advanced in-service training programs complement classroom studies.
Uniformed Division officers, upon completion of training, are required to carry a firearm while performing duties and maintain firearms proficiency.
Uniformed Division officers may experience frequent travel.
Conditions of Employment
Officers will be required to work long hours in undesirable conditions on short notice and may be required to travel away from home for assignments of varying duration.
The Uniformed Division officer position is designated as a key position in accordance with Department of Defense Directive 1200.7.
Uniforms and Necessary Equipment
Uniforms and equipment are furnished at no cost to the officer.
BenefitsFederal employees are eligible to participate in the following benefits programs. More information about the benefits may be found by clicking on each program:
For More Information
If you have questions, please contact the Secret Service Recruitment Program at 202-406-5830, or TTY 202-406-5390.
How to ApplyTo view and apply for our vacancies please follow this link.
You may also call 888-813-8777 for a listing of our current vacancies.
An Equal Opportunity Employer
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