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Border Patrol Agents

Advancement Prospects

After their first year, all border patrol agents advance to the GL-9 journeyman level. From there, they may compete for positions up to the GL-12 level. With experience and training, border patrol agents can advance to other positions. They may become immigration inspectors or examiners, deportation officers, or special agents. Some border patrol officers concentrate on the prevention of drug smuggling. They may advance to become plainclothes investigators who spend months or even years cracking a smuggling ring. They may lead criminal investigations into an alien's background, especially if there is suspicion of drug involvement. Others may prefer the immigration area and work checking passports and visas at border crossings. Border patrol agents may also advance to supervisory positions.

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