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Being an 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 and throughout the Special 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 individual career development.


Qualifications/Eligibility Requirements

  • 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).
  • Must be a U.S. born or naturalized U.S. citizen.
  • Must have a valid driver's license.
  • Must pass all phases of the hiring process, including a polygraph, medical exam, drug test, and extensive background investigation.
  • Must have vision correctable to 20/20 with normal color vision.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret clearance.
  • Competitive candidates for the position of Special Agent will have at a minimum a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
* NCIS Special Agents have a mandatory retirement age of 57. In order to achieve the required 20 years of service for retirement, Special Agents must enter on duty no later than the day before their 37th birthday. Applicants are encouraged to apply for the Special Agent position prior to their 36th birthday to allow time to complete the Special Agent hiring process.
For an overview of the Special Agent hiring process, click here: Special Agent Hiring Process 


Required Training
As a condition of employment, Special Agent trainees must successfully complete the Criminal Investigator’s Training Program and Special Agent Basic Training Program aboard the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Georgia. In addition, Special Agent trainees are required to successfully pass the Physical Efficiency Battery and score at a minimum 25th percentile in each component area for their age and gender.

Physical Efficiency Battery
Special Agents are required to successfully pass the Physical Efficiency Battery and score at a minimum 25th percentile in each component area for their age and gender. Please visit FLETC.gov to review the required Physical Efficiency Battery scores for both age and gender.

Reasonable Accommodation Request
NCIS provides reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and/or hiring process, please notify the Equal Employment Opportunity Office by e-mail at NCISEEOContact@ncis.navy.mil. This e-mail address is only for reasonable accommodation requests. Please do not submit your application and/or any questions unrelated to reasonable accommodations. Any applications sent to the Equal Employment Opportunity Office will not be forwarded for consideration during the hiring process.

How To Apply 
Vacancy announcements will be posted to official NCIS social media platforms, and announcements may be also found by clicking the USAJobs logo below. When applying for a ​Special Agent position with NCIS, individuals are required to submit the following documents:

  1. Current resume
  2. Official or unofficial college transcript(s) listing degree conferred date and final GPA
  3. SF-50 (if applicable)
  4. DD-214, or a Statement of Service (if applicable)
    * Please submit all documents in PDF format and avoid using TIFF, JPEG, PNG or BMP
Interested individuals should review the NCIS Drug Policy prior to applying.


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