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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:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen
  • Be between the ages of 21 and less than 40 at the time of appointment
  • Possess a current valid driver's license
  • Possess visual acuity no worse than 20/60 uncorrected, correctable to 20/20 in each eye

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

On August 26, 2009, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) published a memorandum for all Heads of Departments and Executive Agencies related to hiring of preference eligible veterans applying for federal positions with maximum entry-age restrictions.

As directed by OPM, the U.S. Secret Service will conduct an analysis of all Secret Service positions having maximum entry age restrictions to determine whether a maximum entry age requirement is essential to the performance of the position. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference who exceed the current maximum entry age requirement will continue to be processed during this ongoing analysis. No final determination regarding affected applicants will be made until completion of this analysis. If it is the determination of the U.S. Secret Service that the requirement is not essential to the position, then the Agency will waive the maximum entry-age requirement for veteran's preference eligible applicants for that position.

Proper notification to all affected parties will be published when the analysis has been completed.

Selective Service

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.

Click here to see the Salary Schedule for UD officers and other ranks.

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.

Firearm Proficiency

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.

Federal 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 Apply
To 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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