I am not a 1811 yet, but I am in the middle of the recruiting process for DEA. They were on a hiring freeze for several years from 06 to mid 08 I believe. They got a bunch of applicants back in the pool and are weeding through them now and I believe they have enough to fill their classes for the next year and a half, so they are not accepting applications at this time.
As far as the FBI goes, they are looking for more analysts and chasing paper trails. Very little kicking down doors anymore.
OP, from what I have heard in talking with SS and DEA guys, applying to multiple agencies looks bad in the agency’s eyes. This was brought up in my interview so I know it is a concern of the DEA for sure. They would rather see an applicant who has a genuine interest in a specific agency rather than an applicant that just blanket applies to all agencies.
HolyMacaroni, depending on you military experience there are many sweet 1811 jobs available for guys with your background. The most interesting IMO would be CIA or FBI. Some links for you
If you have the background, a paramilitary officer looks pretty badass. I think these are the guys that were in Afghanistan immediately after 9/11 working with the northern alliance and warlords to help us track down Bin Laden.
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HAHA! Its been covered already, but if you’ve got COMBAT experience, from what my friends are telling me, the FBI is really willing to bend over backwards to have you apply to HRT. The problem HRT is facing is that since the FBI has been hiring a lot of “book smart” guys, its hard for them to select good quality operators from their own pool of bodies. IMO this is the best deal going. I’m not sure of your experience, but I would highly recommend looking into this option. Its kind of like signing up for the ARMY with a Ranger contract. Although if you dont make it, your not obligated to serve 4 years like the ARMY.
Hey formerfatboy, did your background investigator give you any word on when DEA may open hiring back up? [/quote]
I have no idea when they are going to start taking applications again. I know they are looking to hire around 200 SAs in the next 18 months, but I think they have their pool of applicants going through the recruiting process at this time. That will fill up classes until the end of 2010. My guess would be sometime next year, when have an idea of what their needs will be for 2011+.