The NCIS mission is to investigate and defeat criminal, terrorist, and foreign intelligence threats to the United States Navy and Marine Corps-ashore, afloat, and in cyberspace.
NCIS Special Agent  

NCIS Special Agents

Being a 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. Special Agents travel the globe and may even be stationed aboard a ship. In-depth training, critical assignments and excellent benefits attract the best.

As a condition of employment, all Special Agents are required to sign a mobility agreement. This may result in one or more overseas moves and periodic assignments within the Continental United States (CONUS) and 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.

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

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 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 pass a polygraph examination.
  • 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.

    For more information, please contact your local NCIS field office and speak with the local NCIS recruiter.


    How To Apply

    When NCIS is accepting applications, Special Agent positions may be posted on the USAJOBS website.

    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 government general schedule grade.

    For frequently asked questions about becoming an NCIS Special Agent, review the FAQs About Becoming a Special Agent section.


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